ML Dreams: Raysa Sanchez, Astoria, Queens based Owner of: Val's Cookies
Made Lokal: How did you learn to make cookies?
Raysa: "I am self taught with the help of baker blogs such as @sweetsugarbelle"
Made Lokal: What was the inspiration for your company?
Raysa: "I began decorating cookies about 3 years ago. My inspiration was my daughter (Val!). This all started as a hobby we would do together but the more cookies I made, the better they looked, and I became a little bit of an obsessed cookie baker. Then the requests from family and friends started pouring in."
Made Lokal: When do people buy the most cookies?
Raysa: "My busiest time of year is Christmas. I get a ton of custom orders and try to make it to every holiday market in town. I love making Christmas cookies."
Made Lokal: What is your dream for the future of your children?
Raysa: I think like most parents I only want the best for my children. I want them to succeed in life and do better than I did. I want them to dream big and follow their dreams, and take on all the opportunities they are given. I want them to take risks and not be afraid of failure. I want them to have fun and have no regrets.
Find Val on Instagram at: @Valscookiecanvas
We just love her 'watercolor' cookies! Custom cookie ideas abound.
This weekend Val will sell @Bohemian Beer Garden in Astoria Queens