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New Cookie Shop Feeds Capitola Village

Granny's by the Sea is the non-medicated cookie extension of Granny Purps.

It's often said that food from mom's kitchen is second to none. Now Nancy Sudman just wants to share what she's eaten her whole life with all of Capitola.

Granny's by the Sea, the latest addition to the Capitola Village business community, is a brand new cookie shop at 110 Stockton Ave. where the Baby Shoppe Santa Cruz used to be located. Owned by Sudman and her mother Nancy Black, Granny's by the Sea opened on Saturday, April 7, and sells upwards of 20 different cookies plus a handful of bar-shaped desserts.

"My mom has been baking these cookies since I was a kid, for 40-plus years, and they're just family recipes that she's adapted," Sudman told Capitola-Soquel Patch. "It's something she enjoys doing and everyone has always told her she should run a cookie shop."

Sudman and her husband also own Granny Purps, the Soquel medical marijuana dispensary known for its . Black bakes the medicated edibles at Granny Purps as well. 

"People over there were saying they wished their kids or family could try the edibles, so we decided we had to sell our unmedicated cookies here," Sudman said. 

The cookies sell for $2.75 each, two for $5 and the bars are $4. With one massive cookie easily feeding two sweet-craving mouths, the price is clearly a bargain.

"They are huge cookies," Sudman said. "That's kind of the idea. She makes a big cookie."

The eatery is decked out in a surf motif, complete with a richly-colored wooden surfboard front counter and surfboard shaped fixtures on the walls. Sudman said she hopes to hang local artists' work on the walls on a rotating basis, and will soon be able to display an antique electric oven as well.

One of the shop's biggest sellers is sure to be the Capitola Crunch, a rainbow cereal-infused confection best served with a glass of milk. There are also cookies named for Sudman's children.

Even in a , Sudman said she sees no reason to doubt the potential success of Granny's by the Sea.

"They are cookies," she said. "They are relatively inexensive. It's one of the cheapest things you can get on the Esplanade. It almost seems like a no-brainer. People have $2 for a cookie and there's no cookie shop down here. I'm really confident that it's going to take off."

Will you be visiting Granny's by the Sea? Are you excited to see more businesses opening in the heart of town? Tell us in the comments!

June Smith April 10, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Just saw this shop today and wanted to stop by, but my 2 hr. parking limit was just about up. Thanks for giving us the scoop, Jacob. Now all I need to know is whether they have gluten-free cookies!
Jacob Bourne April 11, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Hey June, I stopped back in yesterday to ask about the gluten-free issue. They have a couple of bars that they are pretty sure are gluten-free, but not positive, so they can't say that just yet. But, they are working on putting together some options that are definitely gluten-free for the near future.

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