At just 16 years old, a Cleveland High School junior is the proud owner of his own cookie business and he has big plans to expand.
“When I started it, it was to get a few bucks in my pocket but then it took off,” said Braden Mackay.
It all started when Mackay wanted to go to an out-of-state basketball tournament.
“It was pretty expensive. So, my mom said the only way I was allowed to go was if I raised some of the money by myself,” said Mackay.
Busy with basketball, cross country and school work, Mackay didn’t have time to commit to an after-school job. Then, he remembered how much his teammates had always enjoyed the signature treats he would bring to team dinners, his great-grandmother’s cookies.
“They loved them so I thought I might as well start selling them,” said Mackay.
Mackay sold the cookies to people at school and made enough to go to that out-of-state tournament, but he didn’t stop there, soon realizing he could bake his way to some sweet success.
“We got the name from my friends. They used to just call me the cookie dude,” said Mackay.
In April 2017, Mackay officially launched his company, The ABQ Cookie Dude.
“I was just a high school kid that wanted some money,” said Mackay.
Now, Mackay’s business has a permit to operate and his company’s name is trademarked. Just last month, he set up shop at Intel’s Artisan Market and sold 90 dozen cookies in just three hours.
Mackay spends at least an hour a day baking, but he’s cooking up something even bigger: a plan to go to business school and one day open up his own store.
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