BERKELEY -- A Santa Cruz family-run cookie company has brought its handmade treats to Berkeley.

Pacific Cookie Company recently opened a store near the UC Berkeley campus, the company's first East Bay retail location. Pacific Cookie Company was founded in 1980 in Santa Cruz by Larry and Shelly Pearson. Their daughter, Cara Pearson, now runs the company.

The store sells 13 kinds of cookies, including mint-chocolate, ginger-spice and the familiar chocolate chip. In 2005 the company modified its recipes to include only all-natural ingredients and eliminate trans fats.

The Berkeley store, located at 2309 Telegraph Ave., also sells ice cream cones and ice cream sandwiches using fresh-baked cookies.

Contact Heather Somerville at 510-208-6413. Follow her at Twitter.com/heathersomervil.



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