Starting a sweet new business
What began as a part-time hobby has turned into a thriving business for Shelby Forrest.
Sitting in front of a display of delicate, original cookie creations, Forrest obviously has a talent and a flare for baking. Especially considering that she is self-taught.
"I started watching videos and stuff on it," she said. "I have always really enjoyed baking."
She had her second daughter in December of last year and was staying home with her kids.
"I kind of wanted to do something," she noted. "This is a side hobby, and also it's fun."
Forrest had seen original cookies that other people had created and thought it would be fun to try. To her surprise, the demand and interest soon had a life of its own, and her business, Rafter S Creations, launched in March.
"I ended up creating a page on Facebook, and I have been pretty busy," she said of her business. "It seems that I have been a month out on bookings."
Forrest takes orders for special events such as weddings, baby showers, birthdays, bridal showers — or any event that that would be enhanced with custom-made cookies. All cookies are entirely edible, and she accommodates a variety of requests.
"I just finished doing Halloween orders, and some people were giving them out to trick-or-treaters or for class parties," she said.
Prospective customers can contact Forrest by phone or Facebook. She usually requires a minimum of a dozen cookies, but for special occasions, customers can order a set of two or three cookies. Prices for custom cookies start at $32 per dozen. Holiday sets are three for $8.
Forrest recently started using royal icing, and she really likes the creative side of making the creations. She works out of her home, and she delivers her cookie creations.
"I always really like hearing how they went over or just being part of that special moment," she said.
Her latest order was for a baby shower.
"I was told everyone really enjoyed them, and it was a big hit," she said.
She needs orders at least two weeks ahead. The process takes 24 to 48 hours because she has to let the layers of icing dry.
"Since I have been booked almost a month out, spots are filling up fast," added Forrest.
She will take orders for Christmas cookies the first two weeks of December, and they will be ready for pickup the week of Christmas.
Having a business that she really enjoys — and where she can be home — are huge benefits.
"I've always really enjoyed art, so I love being able to add my own twist on things and see the finished product," Forrest said.
For cookie orders, go to Rafter S Creations on Facebook
or call Shelby Forrest at 541-771-8223.
Place Christmas orders during the first two weeks of December to get them during the week of Christmas.
Place other orders at least two weeks in advance.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.