About Us

Our Philosophy

 

Gourmet

We bake extraordinary cookies and cupcakes with the freshest and highest quality ingredients from select purveyors who uphold our standards.

Premium Ingredients

Our gourmet pastries are always made from scratch using the most natural ingredients possible including organic sugar, as well as ingredients free of artificial additives, colors and preservatives.

We also strive to source local ingredients whenever possible.

People

We feel our success is a combination of our valuable team and our loyal customers.

Community

We believe in social responsibility. We work towards creating less waste in our production, use recyclable packaging, and support our community with financial pledges, volunteer time and sharing the goodness of cookies with local charities.

How We Began

Husband and wife team, Brady and Shaun Breese are nearly natives of Phoenix. They attended Arizona State University, graduated in 1998, and married in 2001. In 2005, over a Sunday morning breakfast, they hatched an idea that combined Brady’s cooking talent with Shaun’s marketing background – the centerpiece was the Urban Cookie, a dark chocolate walnut cookie that Shaun made for friends and family for years. After six months of research, their dream became a reality Nov. 1, 2005, in the kitchen of Florence Crittenton, a local non-profit organization. With simplicity and quality as the cornerstones of the business, the couple took their idea to the next level with unique, funky gift packaging and gourmet organic ingredients. The couple’s strong belief in social responsibility also was incorporated into the company.

THEN …

 

 

AND THEN …

 

Shaun, Oliver and Brady Breese

 

AND THEN …

 

 

AND NOW…

 

 

Community Work

Urban Cookies' commitment to its community started on day one when its owners created a trade agreement with the non-profit that gave them their start – free use of their kitchen in exchange for teaching some of their at-risk teen girls to bake and run a business. To this day, Urban Cookies continues to support Florence Crittenton's mission with cash donations and in-kind cookie and gift donations for fund raisers.

Throughout the years, Urban Cookies has provided additional job training and mentorship to clients from organizations such as Good Will of Central Arizona and Southwest Autism Resource and Research Center. In addition, it provides internship experiences to culinary institute students from across the Valley, allowing them the rare opportunity to learn directly from a small business owner.

In 2010, Urban Cookies, in partnership with Shamrock Farms launched its Milk & Cookies community project. Fulfilling its mission to make people feel good, Urban Cookies' goal was simply to bring the joy and comfort of milk and cookies to children and families in need.

Visiting organizations such as Phoenix Children's Hospital, Child Crisis Nursery and Florence Crittenton, Urban Cookies' Milk & Cookies project touched more than 500 kids and families in the Valley.

For 2011, Urban Cookies pledged its year-long support to Kitchen on the Street, a local start-up non-profit dedicated to turning hunger into hope by providing meals to school kids on the weekends when they would otherwise go hungry. Its annual support includes cash donations, volunteer time, marketing support and hosting food drives throughout the year.

Learn more about their mission

 

 

Meet Our Team

 

Co-Founder & Creative Wizard

Brady Breese

 

Started Urban Cookies with his wife Shaun in 2005. A self-taught baker, he creates all of the company’s recipes and oversees quality control.

 

Favorite Pastry: Chocolate Cupcake

 

 

 

 

 

Co-Founder & Marketing Guru

Shaun Breese

 

Started Urban Cookies with her husband Brady in 2005. Oversees business development, operations, marketing and community relations for the company.

 

Favorite Pastry: Dark Chocolate Walnut Cookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance Queen Bee

Ann Claudio

 

With us from the VERY beginning is Shaun’s mom, Ann. Without her, there would be no Urban Cookies … literally. She is our finance and IT guru, as well as our long-time business consultant.

 

Favorite Pastry: Salted Caramel Nut Bar

 

 

 

 

Natalie Burt

Your friendly order desk expert, she's always on the phones when you need to order some sweets. She's a dog lover, a home cook, and moonlights as a DJ.

Favorite Pastry: Pineapple Coconut Cookie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Werhanowicz

Megan wears two hats serving customers at our counter and also one of our friendly order desk folks. She has a green thumb, and enjoys a delicious craft beer from time to time.

Favorite Pastry: Ice Cream Sandwiches (in the Summer time!)

 

 

 

Teri Kopas

A creative and an artist, Teri plans to further her career in pastry school. Our lead-baker alongside Sal, she is always whipping up tasty treats and pays extra attention to all of the special details.

Favorite Pastry: Vegan/Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Walnut Cookie

 

 


Sal Garcia

 

Sal came to Urban Cookies in 2010 from the Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale Culinary Institute. He serves as the lead baker overseeing pastries for our bake shop.

 

Favorite Pastry: Brown Velvet Cupcake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press and Awards

 

Best Bakery in Arizona - businessinsider.com/foursquare.com - 2015

Phoenix New Times - Best of Phoenix- "Best Cupcake: Orange Blossom" - 2013

Featured in "The Great American Chocolate Chip Cookies Book," Carolyn Wyman, 2013

Winners Food Network’s Cupcake Wars – 2011

Winners Cupcake Love-In “Most Outrageous Cupcake” – 2011

Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Impact Award Nominee – 2011

Phoenix New Times – Best of Phoenix – 2009

APS' AAAME Business Mentorship Program – Class 12 – 2009

Rachael Ray Show – Snack of the Day – 2009

Lexus Hybrid Living – Retail Partner – 2008

Sundance Film Festival – Greenroom Partner – 2008

Phoenix Magazine – Best of the Valley – 2007

HGTV – Best Place to Start a Business – 2007

Phoenix New Times – Best of Phoenix – 2007

 

 

Associations

 

  

 

 

Address: 2325 N. Seventh St, Phoenix, AZ 85006 t. 602-451-4335

Hours: Monday through Friday 9a - 6p | Saturday 9a - 5p | Sunday 10a - 4p