What a sweet season 'tis, vegans. Just a month ago, Makini Howell unveiled her much awaited Sugar Plum on Capitol Hill, and now comes word from PhinneyWood that Chelsea Keene and Christopher Olson are expanding the empire of their vegan treat truck Seattle Cookie Counter to include a storefront in Phinney.
The new brick-and-mortar is coming at 7415 Greenwood Ave. N. (the former home of Wahe Guru Yoga), and will include a walk-up window. Keene and Olson launched Cookie Counter in July of last year as mostly a vegan ice cream enterprise, but have since expanded into other treats. In addition to ice cream, the new space will host a "milk ‘n cookies happy hour" for the after-school crowd, the Cookie Counter team told PhinneyWood, and will also have an espresso bar, homemade waffle cones, custom ice cream sandwiches, cookies, pie (full sized and by the slice), and a special morning menu with hand pies, pop tarts, breakfast cookies, and biscotti. Keene says there will also be a range of gluten-free options available throughout the day.
Keene and Olson hope to open by the beginning of next year, and will be hosting a series of pop-ups out of the space's walk-up window to whet appetites in the meantime. Currently scheduled are the following:
Fridays, October 16, 23, 30; 3 to 9 p.m.:
cookies, hot cocoa, coffee
Saturday, October 17, 12 to 4 p.m.:
apple pies, apple hand pies, apple oatmeal cookies, apple ice cream, caramel apple ice cream, ice cream sandwiches
Sundays, October 18, 25; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
hand pies, pop tarts, coffee, hot cider
Saturday, October 24, 12 to 4 p.m.:
pumpkin pies, pumpkin hand pies, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin ice cream
Saturday, October 31, 12 to 4 p.m.:
For Halloween: passing out free mini cookies to trick-or-treaters, and selling 30 packs of mini cookies