Smell of success
A Tulsan finds a new career in her own kitchen.
Heather Matheson turned a hobby into a growing business called Peace, Love & Cookies when friends complimented her delicious chocolate chip cookies.
Few can resist a freshly baked, homemade chocolate chip cookie. That’s what Heather Matheson, founder of Peace, Love & Cookies, was banking on when she started her home-based business more than a year ago.
“I had been a medical social worker for 19 years,” Matheson says. “I loved my job, but I was getting burned out, and I needed a job that would let me be at home with my three boys.”
After some soul searching and a little persuasion from friends, she took a leap of faith and began baking.
“My friends were constantly telling me that I made great chocolate chip cookies,” Matheson says. “So, I decided to turn my love of baking into a new career path.”
Now she is tapping into a new market — one she hopes continues to grow.
“I deliver the cookies on the same day I bake them,” she says. “No one else is doing that right now.”
She doesn’t do fancy icing or giant cookies. Matheson focuses on regular-sized, home-baked products.
Through word of mouth, her business has taken off. Her chocolate chip cookies have been used as wedding favors, client gifts and business meeting goodies.
And although this is Matheson’s livelihood, it’s not all about making money. Ten percent of every sale goes to the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ) “Different and the Same” program.
“This is something that is near and dear to my heart,” Matheson says of the elementary school program that helps children identify, discuss and prevent prejudice.
She chose this program because she wanted to give back to the community and help spread understanding and respect in schools.
Since November 2013, Peace, Love & Cookies has funded “Different and the Same” at 11 schools and has helped fund the program’s expansion statewide.
“I’m at the point in my life where I only want to do things that mean something to me, or can help others in some way,” Matheson says.
For her, that includes mountain climbing and trekking. Matheson, an experienced mountaineer who has climbed numerous fourteeners — mountains that are 14,000 or more feet above sea level — the Grand Tetons and even Kilimanjaro, just returned from an 18-day trek to the base camp of Mount Everest.
“It was life-changing in so many ways,” she says. “The beauty is just impossible to describe. It was a sensory overload in the most magnificent way.”
Matheson says that experience would have been impossible with a normal job and that Peace, Love & Cookies has given her freedom to enjoy the things she loves most.
She also hopes to expand her business. Right now, she hires her teenage son to make deliveries during the busy seasons. (She is busiest during the December holidays.)
“I would love to get to the point where it is Christmas all the time,” Matheson says. “I’m definitely ready to take this to the next level.”
In the meantime, she is pleased with her decision to launch Peace, Love & Cookies.
“The best conversations and the best celebrations take place around food,” she says. “I am so glad to be part of making that happen.”
Peace, Love & Cookies are $9.95 per dozen, including delivery in the Tulsa area. In addition to Matheson’s signature “Whole Lotta Love” chocolate chip cookies, she offers:
- Come Together (oatmeal, chocolate chip, peanut butter chip and walnuts)
- Love Me Do (snickerdoodle)
- You Really Got Me (peanut butter)
- Heard it Through the Grapevine (oatmeal raisin)
- Here Comes the Sun (lemon bars)
- Harvest Moon (pumpkin)
- Let it Snow (snowball cookies)
- Cowboy Junkie (organic vegan chocolate chip)
- Jungle Love (gluten-free organic banana vegan chocolate chip)
To place an order, call 918-519-5131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.