Open Letter to Vanilla Bean Customers!

 Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies is moving.

We are growing and need more space so we are moving September 29, 2014.  As a result of continued growth in the wholesale market; increased corporate gift purchases; and expansion of an on line presence in the specialty gourmet cookie industry we are moving from Retail to Production; from Walk in to Delivery/Pick Up; and from One Location to a Location near you.

From Retail to Production – We are moving to a production facility to accommodate the growing needs of our business but we are not shifting our focus. We remain committed to producing the best gourmet cookies and cupcakes you have come to expect and will continue to provide exceptional customer service.  So still consider our products when planning your wedding, corporate event (mini cookies) or those times you just “gotta” have your Vanilla Bean “fix” as we’ve been told.

From Walk in to Delivery/Pick Up – We are just a “mouse click” or phone call away.  We currently accept phone orders (260-415-4652) and our VB Cookie Courier © has already been making local deliveries. Beginning October 1, 2014, we are adding a free delivery service before 11 am with a minimum one (1) dozen cookie or one (1) dozen cupcakes order.  We are also adding a shopping cart to our new website for your shopping convenience.  But if you prefer to pick up your order, that service will also be available.

From One Location to a Location near you – Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies are currently available at several  Fort Wayne locations: Earth Fare Market & Café (704 E Dupont Rd), First Class Concessions at FWA (3851 W Ferguson Rd), Lutheran Hospital’s Cafeteria (7952 W Jefferson Blvd), Opal and Ruby Gift Emporium (5215 Illinois Rd), Poptique (Jefferson Pointe), Raimondo’s Pizza (2608 W State Blvd) and Waiter on the Way ((260) 442-3663). Our cookies will also be available at Fort Wayne’s Farmers Market (Parkview Field) the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month beginning October 2014. So instead of coming to one location 3410 N Anthony Blvd, you can shop at a location near you. If you don’t see your favorite store on our list, let them know; give us a call; and we’ll do our best to make it happen. We are in Poptique because of a recommendation from one of our customers.

As a thank you for shopping at our North Anthony location, beginning Monday, September 8 through Friday, September 26, 2104, we will be running the following promotions:  

MondaysDelivery coupon – customers will receive a coupon for 50% off delivery charges with any purchase made on Monday during September (Coupon valid September – December 31, 2014).

TuesdaysMystery discount – customers will receive a discount ranging from 5% – 50% off a single purchase made on any Tuesday during September (Limit one discount per visit. Offer excludes events, gift items, gift certificates, mini cookies, special orders, weddings, delivery or shipping charges).

WednesdaysEvent coupon – customers, who spend $10 or more on any Wednesday during September, will receive a coupon for 10% off products purchased for any event including weddings or favors (Event must occur no later than November 26, 2014. Offer excludes gift items, gift certificates, mini cookies, delivery or shipping charges).

ThursdaysInternet or Phone Order Coupon – customers will receive a coupon for 15% off their first internet or phone order with any purchase made on Thursday during September (Order must be picked up no later than November 26, 2014. Offer excludes events, gift items, gift certificates, mini cookies, special orders, weddings, delivery or shipping charges).

FridaysMini Cookie Coupon – customers will receive a coupon for 10% off any mini cookie order when a purchase is made on a Friday during September. (Order must be picked up no later than November 26, 2014. Offer excludes delivery or shipping charges).


Posted by on September 6, 2014 in Company History


Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies – Exhibiting at the Atlanta International Gift Show – July 10 – 14, 2014

We are excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at this year’s Atlanta International Gift Show. One of our corporate goals is to be recognized as trendsetters for creating innovative cookies.

We first launched our unique cookies at the 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. The response was overwhelming positive. We returned from the show energized and inspired to develop packaging that would further brand our cookies. We are now heading to Atlanta to introduce our grab n go packaged cookies and imprinted gift boxes. We are also introducing a our new Hat Box Cookie Collection. These beautiful hat boxes filled with our cookies are an exquisite gift.

Experience the January market as a preview of the July show Atlanta International Gift Show!  We will be there representing not only Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies but our hometown.


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Posted by on July 6, 2014 in Company History





Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies’ is pleased to announce that their All-Natural Wheat-Free cookies will be sold at Earth Fare. The Asheville-based Earth Fare opened Wednesday, May 7th at 704 E. Dupont Rd., Fort Wayne.  Debbie Smith, Co-founder/Creative Chef said, “We are excited that our All Natural Gluten Free Chunky Chocolate w/Salted Pecans, Lemon Ricotta and Molasses Oatmeal cookies will be sold as grab-and-go options in the bakery section of the store.”


“Earth Fare’s commitment to support local is amazing,” said Sandra Wharton, Co-founder/Marketing Chef,  adding that, “getting behind buying local is not just rhetoric.” Earth Fare stores have a commitment to providing local options in each of their 31 stores. Each store features products that come from within 100 miles of that specific location, as well as Family Producers, which are vendors local to one of Earth Fare’s locations. Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies is proud to be one of the local producers Fort Wayne locals will recognize when shopping at Earth Fare.

Vanilla Bean, LLC was founded in 2007 by Debbie Smith and Sandra Wharton and began doing business as Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies February 18, 2013. Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies’ specializes in creating exceptional flavor combinations that transform the traditional into something special.  All six (6) of the cookies submitted October 2012 for judging were endorsed by the Specialty Food Association as being among the best in the specialty food industry. Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies’ was invited and became members of the Specialty Food Association November 2012.  The companies Margarita and Clementine Sandwich cookies were included in the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards Gift Bags; and the Margarita Sandwich cookie was featured on a 2013 segment of Fox LA. Debbie and Sandra competed on Food Network Cupcake Wars in 2013 and have been featured on several local and regional televisions programs.

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Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Company History



Perfectly Peach! Our Vera Bradley Peach Ricotta cookie will be available during our In Store Vera Bradley Event Wed, April 9, 2014 through Saturday, April 12. You will receive $5 off any $15 purchase when you show us any item with a Vera Bradley pattern. It’s our way of saying thank you for supporting two great companies whose initials are VB. You can also purchase the Peach Ricotta cookie made specifically for Vera Bradley to celebrate the opening of their 100th store in Georgia. Our cookie and the Vera Bradley Outlet sale is the perfect kick off event for Spring! Note: Saturday hours (10 am – 4 pm)   .


Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Company History


Food Network’s On the Road Restaurant Guide – click on icon

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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Company History


Testamonial from Daytime Emmy Customer

From the first bite of their “Orange Clementine” cookie in the Daytime
Emmy gift bag, I was hooked. Not only does that, and the other variety of
cookies they offer give proof that God exists & He loves us, they are also
the cookies I want to be buried with. Try them & see for yourself.
Mary Neeley, satisfied & loyal customer.


Posted by on August 9, 2013 in Company History


Welcome WANE-TV Viewers! VOTE for Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies Here!


Thanks for watching us on WANE-TV this morning!

Today is the last day to VOTE for Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies in the Specialty Food My Story My Ad contest! And we’d love to have YOUR vote!

The winner of the My Story My Ad contest will win a national ad campaign! That would definitely help increase exposure for our Fort Wayne based gourmet bakery!

We appreciate your support!

Click the link below to vote: 

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Posted by on July 21, 2013 in Company History

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