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Urban Cookies Bakeshop

Our Philosophy

Gourmet

We bake extraordinary cookies and cupcakes with the freshest and highest quality ingredients from select purveyors who uphold our standards.

Premium Ingredients

Our gourmet pastries are always made from scratch using the most natural ingredients possible including organic sugar, as well as ingredients free of artificial additives, colors and preservatives.

We also strive to source local ingredients whenever possible.

People

We feel our success is a combination of our valuable team and our loyal customers.

Community

We believe in social responsibility. We work towards creating less waste in our production, use recyclable packaging, and support our community with financial pledges, volunteer time and sharing the goodness of cookies with local charities.

How We Began

Husband and wife team, Brady and Shaun Breese are nearly natives of Phoenix. They attended Arizona State University, graduated in 1998, and married in 2001. In 2005, over a Sunday morning breakfast, they hatched an idea that combined Brady’s cooking talent with Shaun’s marketing background – the centerpiece was the Urban Cookie, a dark chocolate walnut cookie that Shaun made for friends and family for years. After six months of research, their dream became a reality Nov. 1, 2005, in the kitchen of Florence Crittenton, a local non-profit organization. With simplicity and quality as the cornerstones of the business, the couple took their idea to the next level with unique, funky gift packaging and gourmet organic ingredients. The couple’s strong belief in social responsibility also was incorporated into the company.

THEN …
Brady and Shaun

AND THEN …
Shaun and Brady and Ollie
Shaun, Oliver and Brady Breese

AND NOW …
Shaun and Brady and Ollie
Shaun, Oliver and Brady Breese

Community Work

Gourmet

Urban Cookies' commitment to its community started on day one when its owners created a trade agreement with the non-profit that gave them their start – free use of their kitchen in exchange for teaching some of their at-risk teen girls to bake and run a business. To this day, Urban Cookies continues to support Florence Crittenton's mission with cash donations and in-kind cookie and gift donations for fundraisers.

Throughout the years, Urban Cookies has provided additional job training and mentorship to clients from organizations such as Good Will of Central Arizona and Southwest Autism Resource and Research Center. In addition, it provides internship experiences to culinary institute students from across the Valley, allowing them the rare opportunity to learn directly from a small business owner.

May Charity Event

In 2010, Urban Cookies, in partnership with Shamrock Farms launched its Milk & Cookies community project. Fulfilling its mission to make people feel good, Urban Cookies' goal was simply to bring the joy and comfort of milk and cookies to children and families in need.

Visiting organizations such as Phoenix Children's Hospital, Child Crisis Nursery and Florence Crittenton, Urban Cookies' Milk & Cookies project touched more than 500 kids and families in the Valley.

For 2011, Urban Cookies pledged its year-long support to Kitchen on the Street, a local start-up non-profit dedicated to turning hunger into hope by providing meals to school kids on the weekends when they would otherwise go hungry. Its annual support includes cash donations, volunteer time, marketing support and hosting food drives throughout the year.

Learn more about their mission

Kitchen on the Street

Meet Our Team

Brady

Co-Founder & Creative Wizard

Brady Breese

Started Urban Cookies with his wife Shaun in 2005. A self-taught baker, he creates all of the company’s recipes and oversees quality control.

Favorite Pastry: Chocolate Cupcake

Shaun

Co-Founder & Marketing Guru

Shaun Breese

Started Urban Cookies with her husband Brady in 2005. Oversees business development, operations, marketing and community relations for the company.

Favorite Pastry: Dark Chocolate Walnut Cookie

Sal

Sal Garcia

Sal came to Urban Cookies in 2010 from the Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale Culinary Institute. He serves as the lead baker overseeing pastries for our bake shop and our wholesale partners.

Favorite Pastry: Brown Velvet Cupcake

Ann

Finance Queen Bee

Ann Claudio

With us from the VERY beginning is Shaun’s mom, Ann. Without her, there would be no Urban Cookies … literally. She is our finance and IT guru, as well as our long-time business consultant.

Favorite Pastry: Strawberry Cupcake

  Tyler Parham

Tyler joined our baking team during our busy holiday season as a part timer, but we liked him so much we decided to lure him away from his resort job. Today he's our resident doodler... if something's in the oven he'll create an interesting sketch.

Favorite Pastry: dark chocolate walnut cookie

Amanda Amanda Hepler

Amanda joined us in 2011 from a bakery in Tucson and supports our bakery production. She's also the voice behind our social media program.

Favorite Pastry: Margarita Cupcake

Mikee Mikee Camacho

Mikee started out helping us out in the bakery during our busy holiday season in 2011. We liked him so much, we asked him to stick around. Today he wears many hats including assistant manager, lead decorator in the retail shop and master bow maker

Favorite Pastry: Peanut Butter Cupcake

Kristin Kristin Vest

Kristin spent most of her career wowing customers at Olive Garden and training new employees. After joining our team in 2012, she spent time wowing our customers and now serves as our retail manager.

Favorite Pastry: banana chocolate nut muffin

  Steven Vest  
  Jordan Conner  
  Katie Lernihan  

Press and Awards

Phoenix New Times - Best of Phoenix- "Best Cupcake: Orange Blossom" - 2013
Featured in "The Great American Chocolate Chip Cookies Book," Carolyn Wyman, 2013
Winners Food Network’s Cupcake Wars – 2011
Winners Cupcake Love-In “Most Outrageous Cupcake” – 2011
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Impact Award Nominee – 2011
Phoenix New Times – Best of Phoenix – 2009
APS' AAAME Business Mentorship Program – Class 12 – 2009
Rachael Ray Show – Snack of the Day – 2009
Lexus Hybrid Living – Retail Partner – 2008
Sundance Film Festival – Greenroom Partner – 2008
Phoenix Magazine – Best of the Valley – 2007
HGTV – Best Place to Start a Business – 2007
Phoenix New Times – Best of Phoenix – 2007

Awards

Associations

Greater Phoenix Gay and Lesbian Chamber of CommerceLocal First Arizona