Kim’s Cookie Café
New Gourmet Cookie Shop Opens in Zionsville
Photographer: Kerch Creative
“I’ve been a realtor. I ran a daycare and I have been a nanny in addition to raising my own children,” she says. “When the kids I was looking after no longer needed me, I knew it was time to try something else.”
As a creative person with a passion for painting, Estep taught herself to make and decorate fancy, bakery-style sugar cookies. Before long, she began selling her wares out of her home and as her reputation grew, so did her customer base. Five years later, she made the decision to downsize to a smaller home – a move that threatened to crumble her cookie empire.
“I always said I wanted to open my own shop at some point and with my youngest child graduating from high school this year, now was the time to do it,” she says.
The result is Kim’s Cookie Café and it is truly a labor of love. Estep says it took some time to find the right premises for her business, get approval from the town, and obtain the equipment that she needed, but thanks to the kindness of friends, family and even a few strangers, her dream has become a reality. The grand opening was held on November 10 and with nearly 700 customers coming out to welcome the confectioner to the community, it’s safe to say Kim’s Cookie Café is off to a great start.
“It was amazing,” Estep says. “It was so crowded that we had trouble walking around.”
Kim’s Cookie Café features custom creations, favorite flavors as well as original recipes such as the Kevin Bacon maple cookie made for a friend who has a crush on the famous actor. There are cookies infused with five shots of espresso, peanut butter and jelly treats, as well as Keto and vegan options for those with special dietary needs.
“We also have a raw bar of edible cookie dough which is very popular,” Estep says. “It is a pasteurized egg product that has the blessing of the board of health so it is not only safe for children but pregnant moms as well.”
Estep says it is so satisfying to hear customers proclaim her cookies the best they have ever eaten or watch as she puts the finishing touches on a custom-made treat. No matter if she is assembling a cookie platter for a party or creating something for a special occasion, she views each cookie as a brand new coloring book and her icing tips as a sharp set of crayons that are ready to tackle the task.
“It’s always so satisfying when I can replicate something for one of my customers. From baby showers to the Beatles we do it all so come by, call or send us a message and place your order today,” Estep says.
Kim’s Cookie Café is located at 70 East Hawthorne Street in Zionsville. Give them a call at 317-670-9153 or visit them online at kimscookiecafe.com.