We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Carter and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mary, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I was at a point in my life where every other weekend people were having engagement parties, bridal showers, weddings, baby showers and kid’s birthday parties, and I was constantly baking custom cookies. I though “nobody will actually pay for these, it’s easier to make your own,” and then I quickly realized that when you don’t have the time to bake, you usually have the money to outsource the baking… to me! After 2 years as a stay-at-home mom, I had an idea to start a home bakery as a creative outlet and I have had so much fun working with and getting to know the nicest people! I love working with clients to match the theme of their event with custom cookies– whether it’s a silly dump-truck themed 2nd birthday party or a classy floral themed bridal shower.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always loved creating art from the time I was a little kid. I studied fine art in college and worked various art related jobs, until stumbling into becoming a stay-at-home mom. Now cookies are my creative outlet- the cookie becomes the canvas and the royal icing is my paint- and I love getting to create tiny masterpieces that don’t have to be taken too seriously, and that bring a smile to people’s faces! I started out as the “crafty friend” helping out with baby and bridal showers, and through word-of-mouth I’ve been staying really busy making cookies year-round! It is wonderful that I can stay home with the kids and then do my work after bedtime or during nap time, but I will say that there never seems to be time to catch up on the laundry! We also do takeout pizza or burrito night on the nights before big orders go out– when the entire kitchen is taken over by cookies and I don’t want to risk messing them up by prepping or cooking food. For every cookie order I make, there are always behind the scenes “flop cookies” that I use to bribe my kids for every day chores

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
San Diego is the best place to visit because there are so many fun things to do! I’ve lived in PB, Coronado, and now IB. La Jolla Cove is at the top of my list; I always have fun there exploring the tide pools and taking in the views. I like to take visitors on a day excursion to the Safari Park followed by lunch at Stone Brewery in Escondido. Coronado day- bike around the island and stop for a drink at as many restaurants as possible- Coronado Brewing Company, Bluewater Boathouse, The Henry, Nicky Rottens, Tavern, The Little Club, Feast and Fareway, and catch a sunset at the beach bar at The Hotel Del. We always take guests to Mike Hess in IB for great tacos and beer, and El Cilantro for the best burritos (and dare guests to try the orange hot sauce).

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I couldn’t be doing what I am today without the love and support of my husband, and my dedicated taste-testing-team of toddlers.

Website: www.sunbakedcookies.com
Instagram: @sunbakedcookies
Facebook: @sunbakedcookiesSD

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