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Louisville girl starts cookie business during pandemic

Louisville girl starts cookie business during pandemic

A 7-year-old girl from Middletown uses family recipes to start a cookie business. Stella Hayden is the proud baker and owner of Stella Bella’s Bake Shop. She cooks at her home in Middletown with a little help from her parents and sister. “I started by wrapping cookies and selling them to family members,” Stella said. “My sister and I took my mom’s phone and created a menu and texted them asking if they wanted cookies.” Her mother, Nicole Hayden, said they baked a lot during the pandemic and dropped cookies when they could ‘I don’t see anyone. Hayden said Stella kept asking about starting a cookie business, but she wasn’t entirely sure. After visiting the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Stella was again inspired by a Barbie exhibit she saw. Hayden was also impacted by it. “I felt a little guilty because it’s about how girls stop believing in themselves around the age of five because people tell them they can’t do something or you aren’t a boy or try something different,” Hayden says. “It really struck a chord, so when we got home I said okay, we’ll do it and we got to work.” Since then, Stella has filled dozens of orders and baked thousands of cookies. She was able to donate cookies to the Family Scholar House and St. Joseph Children’s Home. Stella hopes to one day have a store with drive-thru so people can enjoy her cookies on the go or sit down with a glass of hot milk. When WLKY’s Alex Durham asked Stella if she planned to use her winnings for something fun, she had the best answer. Stella said she wanted to buy a Clydesdale and call it Larry. She’s not quite sure where she’d put it, but she dreams big, big Clydesdale. Stella makes chocolate chip, chocolate chip, sugar and icing sugar cookies. You can place an order by messaging Stella on her Facebook or Instagram page.

A 7-year-old girl in Middletown uses family recipes to start a cookie business.

Stella Hayden is the proud baker and owner of Stella Bella’s Bake Shop. She cooks at her home in Middletown with a little help from her parents and sister.

“I started by wrapping cookies and selling them to family members,” Stella said. “My sister and I called my mom, made a menu and texted them asking if they wanted cookies.”

His mother, Nicole Hayden, said they cooked a lot during the pandemic and dropped off cookies when they couldn’t see anyone. Hayden said Stella kept asking about starting a cookie business, but she wasn’t entirely sure.

After visiting the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Stella was again inspired by a Barbie exhibit she saw. Hayden was also impacted by it.

“I felt a little guilty because it’s about how girls stop believing in themselves around the age of five because people tell them they can’t do something or you aren’t a boy or try something different,” Hayden said. “It really struck a chord, so when we got home I said okay, we’ll do it and we started running.”

Since then, Stella has filled dozens of orders and baked thousands of cookies. She was able to donate cookies to the Family Scholar House and St. Joseph Children’s Home.

Stella hopes to one day have a store with drive-thru so people can enjoy her cookies on the go or sit down with a glass of hot milk.

When WLKY’s Alex Durham asked Stella if she planned to use her winnings for something fun, she had the best answer.

Stella said she wanted to buy a Clydesdale and call it Larry. She’s not sure where she’d put it, but she dreams big, big Clydesdale.

Stella makes chocolate chip, chocolate chip, sugar and icing sugar cookies. You can place an order by sending a message to Stella on her Facebook Where PageInstagram.