In the late 1970's Larry and Shelly Pearson were living in the Monterey Bay area with their two daughters, Stacy and Cara. Looking for a sustainable way to support their young family, they came across a small cookie store in downtown Carmel and were immediately interested in the concept. Larry came from a strong business background, developed during seven years working under three very successful entrepreneurs, and becoming an entrepreneur himself was appealing to him. Shelly's artistic creativity paired with Larry's entrepreneurial spirit gave the Pearsons an opportunity to create something special. In 1980 after months of perfecting several gourmet recipes, the Pacific Cookie Company retail bakery was opened on the Pacific Garden Mall in Santa Cruz, California. The original cookie flavors were Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Walnut, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip.
The Pacific Cookie Company quickly developed a loyal cookie following thanks to the Pearsons' dedication to affordable gourmet cookies made with quality ingredients, impeccable customer service and sparkling clean work and retail spaces. Following the immediate success of the Pacific Avenue store, the business expanded by delivering fresh baked cookies in many unique flavor combinations to retailers in San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. Later, two more retail locations were opened within Santa Cruz County in Capitola and at the Metro bus station.