Updated: Nov 17
By Stacy Hope Small, CEO, Stacy Maui Cookies, Inc
Aloha from Maui! As the creator/founder of Stacy Maui Cookies, Inc, I wanted to introduce myself and welcome you to our company’s new “healthier cookie blog”.
Why did I create #thehealthiercookie is a question I am often asked. I’ll do my best in future posts to share tips & insights on what it took for me to create what I can confidently say is the BEST-tasting gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, vegan, low sugar cookie on the planet.
For now, I wanted to share with you a story that’s very close to my heart and soul. It involves a hotel that literally changed the course of my life. As a longtime luxury travel writer-turned-advisor, I’ve visited a gazillion hotels over the years. I moved to Maui in 2016 to take a break from my busy, always-traveling life, and was intuitively guided to register for a Hay House, Inc Writers’ Conference taking place that June at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa. Suffice it to say, the few days I spent at that hotel changed my life’s course as it’s what pushed me to connect with the life coach who pushed me to end my engagement to the “wrong” guy. And…more importantly, to WRITE my first book (Why Not Me?!?) all about what Maui was teaching me about living my dreams.
Fast forward to 2020. I have moved back to Maui full-time after a few years between San Diego and my favorite island. I flew my three dogs here on January 26, and was fortunate to be here this entire year to live out the Pandemic that changed all of our lives in unforeseen ways. My travel business was decimated so I turned to baking “healthier” cookies in my kitchen and gifting them to friends island-wide…and then started shipping them to the mainland. And now, a few months into having a full-blown gluten-free/vegan cookie start-up business, word has gotten out to the purchasers of goods for a few hotels’ retail shops.
Dropping off Stacy Maui Cookie tasting samples a few weeks ago to island hotels brought back fond memories of driving around upstate NY (my hometown) with my dad, who sold Lee Jeans for a living. He was always driving to meet his key accounts with samples to show them the new styles personally. I feel him smiling down on me as I throw it back to the 80s and do “old-fashioned” sales calls, the type he was a master of and loved to do.
I’m super proud to call Westin Maui Resort & Spa our very first official hotel retail shop account, and loved delivering a round of Stacy Maui Cookies to their team to be showcased on the shelves at their newly redone Mahele Marketplace. We are also looking forward to having Stacy Maui Cookies showcased at the beautiful Four Seasons Maui at Wailea Resort when they reopen next week!
Why is this so extra-meaningful to me? Well, as a luxury hotel junkie who LOVES staying in hotels, I’ve always been challenged to find healthier, sweet, delicious locally made treats at hotels globally. Now, these two hotels on Maui are the first to be making it easy for anyone wanting to skip the gluten, skip the grains, skip the dairy and enjoy a high-vibe, aloha-dosed, reiki-infused, delicious, locally-made cookie. These are the perfect grab-and-go to the pool/beach/anywhere snack!
If you aren’t staying at a hotel that stocks our healthier cookies yet, feel free to order on our website and we can deliver to you day of arrival (or anytime within 48 hrs notice). You heard us right, wherever you are staying on Maui, we can deliver our gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, low sugar delicious reiki-infused aloha-dosed cookies to you. We can also deliver gift tins for you to take home a dose of aloha to your “healthier-conscious” friends who might LOVE a taste of Maui.