Cookie Store stocks Maurice Lenell, other childhood favorites
Elaine Engquist of Mount Prospect stocks up at The Cookie Store and More. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media
The Cookie Store and More
3829 N. Harlem Ave.
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. every day
Updated: January 14, 2013 6:32AM
Childhood snacks have found a home on Harlem Avenue.
Maurice Lenell cookies share space with those frosted Christmas animal cookies at the Cookie Store and More, 3829 N. Harlem Ave.
“I want to bring back those childhood memories,” said owner Jeff Bach, who is marking his third Christmas supplying Chicago favorites.
Among the items he stocks are Archway and Matt’s cookies as well as Stella Dora and Salerno butter cookies.
“You know, the ones we used to put on our fingers,” Bach said.
Kolacky, fruit breads and pound cake from Neuman’s Old World Bakery near Lawrence and Milwaukee avenues are available year-round.
“During Christmas we have their stollen,” Bach said, referring to the German-style fruit cake.
The store also sells Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Mrs. Fisher’s potato chips, which taste like the old Yoho chips, according to Bach.
“It’s a North Side thing,” he explained. “Yoho used to be on Armitage.”
He noted customers are skeptical when he tells them Mrs. Fisher, which has been around since 1932, are very similar to Yoho.
“They’ll start out buying a small bag and come back for two or three of the one-pound bags,” Bach said. “The big corporations, like Sara Lee and Hostess, don’t survive in Chicago.
“But Mrs. Fisher, this little chip company, does. They must be doing something right.”
And the store was selling Fannie May candy years before the company reopened its retail outlets in the Chicago area.
The array of items available at the Cookie Store and More extends to specialty products such as gluten-free, reduced fat and unsalted snacks as well as sugar-free cookies.
Arlene Rodriguez was visiting the store for the first time.
“I came here for the Maurice Lenell cookies,” she said, as she weighed her options.
And while the store continues to offer the traditional cookies, it does not carry on with one of the Lenell customs.
“There’s no more broken cookies to sample,” Bach said. “Many of the customers come looking for that.”
Ron Hall is a big fan of the store.
“I remember a lot of these (products) from the 1950’s,” he said. “This is like a dream come true for me.”
The classic treats also endear him to his many friends.
“I buy extras and give them away,” he said. “My friends just love it.
“And I like the people here.”
Visit www.chicagocookiestore.com or call (773) 777-9555 for more information.