If you've been to a corner store around these parts, then certainly you've seen Eric's Momma Homemade Butter Cookies.
The "Eric" of Eric's Momma cookies is Eric Davis. He says his mother used to sell the cookies at church and sell so many that he decided to launch a business. Eric's mother, who has since passed away, wasn't interested in the venture, so Eric, using her recipe for butter cookies, started the company with a partner in 2006.
"We started going store to store," says Davis, "and it took off."
Davis says he has the cookies in 313 stores and sells an estimated 200,000 3-cookie packages a year. (The cookies cost between .99 and $1.09 depending on the store.)
According to Davis, the company has a bakery in Midtown that employs three workers who make and package the cookies. They make roughly 1,500 to 2,000 cookies a day.
Davis says that Eric's Momma has stuck to the corner stores because the difficulty in dealing with the multiple channels of larger, chain stores.
"It's easier with mom-and-pops," Davis says. "You walk in the store, and chances are, you're talking to the owner right there."
Still, Davis would like to expand Eric's Momma Homemade Butter Cookies into a nationwide brand, "something like Famous Amos," he says.
You can find Eric's Momma cookies at Roxie's Grocery (520 N. Third), the Hop-in at Poplar and McLean, and many other locations.