Byron's Adam Kopsidas stands in front of a fresh batch of his chocolate chip cookies. Kopsidas began selling his cookies about two months ago. Photo by David Richards
By David Richards
It's a Thursday morning at Second Street Pizza in Byron, but the oven is filled with dozens of chocolate chip cookies, not a double pepperoni pizza.
Inside those tablespoon balls of dough, other than vanilla, butter and sugar, is a life-long dream that's starting to take shape.
"I've always wanted to own a restaurant, or something like that," said Adam Kopsidas, 33, who sports a Batman hat and a Hershey's t-shirt. "I guess my primary goal now is to make this my full-time job."
Kopsidas, who lives in Byron, has rented space the past two months at Second Street Pizza for his "Adam Good Cookie" business.
Touted as loaded chocolate chip cookies, Kopsidas takes orders by phone at (507) 226-5627 and his "Adam Good Cookie" Facebook page.
One order consists of a box of 20 cookies for $6, which Kopsidas delivers locally himself or can mail across the country.
He is also a waiter at Michael's restaurant in Rochester.
"It's going incredible," Kopsidas said, of business so far. "I'm proud of all the positive feedback I've received."
The business starts with the recipe.
Kopsidas credits his mother Anne and grandmother Shirle for everything he knows about baking.
The loaded chocolate chip cookie recipe comes from Anne that includes light brown sugar and two bags of chocolate chips per batch, one each of Hershey's milk chocolate chips and Hershey's mini semi-sweet chocolate chips.
"You have to use both," Kopsidas said.
Each batch makes roughly 96 cookies, and Kopsidas can bake two batches in a three-hour period from start to finish.
He usually spends two to three days a week baking at Second Street Pizza.
As for the business name, Kopsidas said it was originally meant to be a play on words between his first name and well, a curse word that some people use from time to time.
But he said that after talking with a lawyer friend of his, he decided to just make it, "Adam Good Cookie," just as it reads because the curse word is already being used for a bakery company that has a location in Minnesota.
Kopsidas said that his goal is to one day get his cookies in stores and added they do appear for sale from time to time at Second Street Pizza.
For now, his focus is on phone in and online orders, and his cookies are starting to create buzz throughout the region.
He recently delivered to a customer at Mayo Clinic, which he's proud of because it was his first order from someone other than a family or friend.
In the future, the sky just may be the limit for Kopsidas, who said he has already received requests for gluten-free and peanut butter cookies. He said he is open to offering more varieties of cookies, in addition to his brownies crafted from his grandmother's recipe.
For now, though, it's all about creating the best product as possible.
"I'm not going to put it out unless it's good," he said.