May 12, 2022

Welcoming Our Neighbors to the North

We’re so pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Barrie, Ontario location – see the Grand Opening Video here! Our franchise owners, Kat, and Dave Bhullar have had tremendous success with their first shop in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. They recently decided to expand their presence by opening a location in Barrie, Ontario. The new shop includes our brand-new logos and custom vinyl images of our Best Sellers placed in the windows.

Last year at Cookies by Design, both of our brands underwent major rebranding. In June of 2021, we announced the unveiling of a major rebranding initiative for Cookies by Design that included a new international shop expansion plan and a new logo with a playful nod to our signature 7-Cookie Bouquet.  In November of 2021, we announced the relaunch of Cupcake by Design which introduced nationwide cupcake delivery services and a new brand design.

Kat was visiting a friend in Barrie and knew she wanted their next location to be in Barrie. In an article by Simcoe, a Canadian news outlet, she explained, “I just fell in love with the area, and then when I saw Park Place, I just knew I wanted a store here.”

The shop’s grand opening occurred on Friday, April 29 in Park Place, Barrie, Ontario. The customers arrived eager to peek into the new shop and sample some delicious treats! In attendance for the ribbon-cutting were Andrea Khanjin – MPP, Barry Ward – Deputy Mayor, welcoming members of the Barrie Chamber of Commerce, many friends, family, and members of the Barrie community.

The Grand Opening festivities included a remote broadcast on Fresh Radio 93.1 featuring Tara of the Matt & Tara Morning Show and free cupcakes and cookies all day! So many beautiful photos and videos were taken by our amazing customers showing off the beautiful new shop. You can view the video of our Grand Opening on our Youtube. The excitement around the new shop has been overwhelmingly positive and customers have steadily grown to adore the new shop. Its location is easily accessible and will not be hard to miss as you’re driving by!

“Everything is baked fresh, hand-decorated, it’s a proprietary dough,” Bhullar said in an article with The Star, local Barrie news. “It’s a fun gift. You can’t send flowers all the time. You send a flower bouquet of cookies instead and people can eat them.” This shop creates existing designs that can be found on our websites and, as well as their own creative cookie arrangements. You can customize any of their cookies with a custom message or theme.

We have locations across the US and there are plans to open more across Ontario and the USA. Cookies by Design® was recently ranked in the “Best 10 Cookie Franchise Opportunities in the USA in 2022”. We are always looking for entrepreneurs to expand our growing cookie and cupcake empire. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a franchisee for Cookies by Design, contact us today!

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