Owner Of Arlington’s Kitchen Millie Debuts Small Business Book

By Abbi Matheson Wicked Local Metro, Needham, Mass.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Cookie entrepreneur Michelle Wax is also an author. Wax has written "The Attainable Dream," which she describes as a field guide to starting your own business.

Wicked Local Metro, Needham, Mass.

Size isn't an issue when it comes to Kitchen Millie's two-bite cookies. They are still packed with flavor with the added benefit of guilt-free sampling.

The Arlington-based cookie company was launched by founder Michelle Wax in 2015, reviving a childhood passion. The name Kitchen Millie comes from Wax's grandmother, Millie.

Wax told the Advocate that when she was little, she ran a lemonade stand with her brother. They would sell chocolate chip cookies as well, waking up in the morning to bake them.

Their mother only let Wax and her brother sell the cookies for 25 cents, so they baked them smaller and the two-bite cookie was born.

It wasn't until Wax was working in at a technology company in Boston when she decided to launch Kitchen Millie. She was looking around Boston for a good place to find a cookie, but could only find really large ones. Wax decided it was time to revive the two-bite cookie.

She started off selling Kitchen Millie cookies at farmer's markets and pop ups, starting off with the Unrivaled Classic chocolate chip cookie. From there, Wax added the Sugar Blizzard and developed other creative flavors. Now, Kitchen Millie offers over a half dozen flavors and can create custom flavors and toppers for events.

Customers purchase the cookies at local pop ups or online. Cookie orders are shipped within one or two days and arrive fresh on your doorstep.

In 2017, Wax wrote "The Attainable Dream," which she describes as a field guide to starting your own business.

To write the book, Wax interviewed more than a dozen local entrepreneurs to find out what they did wrong when they were first starting out, what they learned and what advice they had for people looking to start a small business.

"I really like helping people if they have any questions about baking or starting their own business," said Wax.

"The Attainable Dream" is available at Kitchen Millie's website as well as several local stores, including Arlington Centered in Arlington Center, Cambridge Naturals in Cambridge and Davis Squared in Somerville.

As for the future of Kitchen Millie, Wax told the Advocate, they're not looking for a permanent storefront just yet.

"I don't want to never say never but we're probably going to stay more in the on demand option," said Wax.

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