Jaime's Local Love: Smitholator Cookie Shop

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Hi, friends! 

Heather and Travis Smith always talked about owning and operating their own business. Heather spent 20 years in the construction business and was contemplating opening up her own construction company. Instead, though, she turned from construction to cookies! 

Heather recognized a growing trend in the baking industry four years ago, similar to America’s fascination with artistic cupcakes. Friends and family were asking for custom decorated sugar cookies, over and over again. 

She would bake as a hobby and present her creations for gifts at the holidays. When she found other local  “cookiers” and a newly formed annual cookie conference attracting cookie decorators from all over the world, the recognition of the new cookie trend was solidified in Heather's mind as a legitimate  opportunity.

Smitholator Cookie Shop was born out of this desire to be creative, fill a need in the community and  to work for herself. With a sincere interest in all things vintage and mid-century, the look and feel of the company's brand started to form into what it is today. This is where the O-Lator in the name comes from.

Corporate cookie orders have been growing like crazy and the desire in the community to learn to decorate has also been a real pleasant surprise.

Smitholator wants to accentuate all of your special celebrations, encourage you with a creative cookie decorating outlet, supply your cookie decorating tools and give you a comfortable place to simply relax when you’re in Downtown Mesa  shopping and having fun.

Smitholator Cookie Shop is offering workshops this Saturday where you can decorate cookies and learn tricks of the trade.

Do you have an idea for a Local Love? Send it my way. I've love to hear from you!

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See you next Wednesday, friends!

Jaime

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Jaime CerretaJaime Cerreta is an Emmy Award-winning news anchor and reporter with 20 years in TV news.

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Jaime Cerreta

You'll find her anchoring KTVK 3TV's Good Morning Arizona on Saturday and Sunday mornings. During the week, she reports on everything from crime scenes and breaking news to restaurant openings and community events.

Jaime created and cultivates her weekly Wednesday franchise, "Jaime's Local Love," in which she tells the stories of Arizona's local business owners.

Her love of the entrepreneurial spirit comes from her family. The Cerreta' have been making candy at the Cerreta Candy Company in Glendale for almost 50 years.

Jaime is a Valley native who grew up in Phoenix, went to Chaparral High School and graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Broadcast Journalism. She was recently inducted into the Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation's Hall of Excellence alongside big names like Linda Carter and US Congressman David Schweikert.

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The readers of Arizona Foothills Magazine named Jaime "News Anchor of the Year" in both 2017 and 2018.

Jaime is a committed advocate for the Alzheimer's Association, the Scottsdale League for the Arts and Kaity's Way. She is honored to serve the people of her hometown in a field she truly loves.

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