About Us (about Nancy)
It all began with love beads, a traditional accessory of hippies. As an eleven-year old child, Oklahoma-City-native Nancy was captivated by the love beads and worn by teen idols like Davy Jones of The Monkees. Quite the entrepreneur, and fueled by her crush on Davy, Nancy made and sold the blue and white necklaces strung with dental floss in the lunch line at school for thirty-five cents each. At that time her mission was to save for a Volkswagon bus, so she could “drive to California and be with Davy.” By the time she was thirteen, she had love beads in thirteen stores in Oklahoma as well as other states. By age fifteen she had saved $1,200 and bought the VW bus, but before she could get her driver’s license and her brother could teach her to drive, the transmission went out. The bus was sold for salvage.
After graduating, she moved to Estes Park, CO and began creating and selling an expanded line of jewelry. She returned to Oklahoma City several years later continuing her jewelry career. Longing for a store of her own, she brought her talents to Campus Corner opening “The Aquarius Gift Shop” above the famous “Town Tavern” which was on the SW corner of Boyd and Asp. As years rolled by, she moved to White Street on Campus Corner and after another year began turning her jewelry decorating talents into making delicious cakes and cookies for The Town Tavern.
The Cake Eaters Club which is still active today was created. Every Thursday night at 9 pm, Nancy would bring four warm cakes to “The Town Tavern” and serve them for $1 a slice. Soon she was baking and packaging cookies and brownies for other retail outlets all over town. Moving to 796 1/2 Asp which had a baking facility in the back enabled Nancy to expand the bakery side of her gift store now named “Cookies ‘n’ Cards with an Added Touch.”
Cookies ‘n’ Cards moved to 754 Asp in 1987, with its forever-present selection of delectable goodies as well as cards and unique gifts. Cookies and brownies flowed out the doors on Campus Corner until 2011. It was time for a change. Nancy loves what she does, and her longevity proves she’s obviously very good at what she does. “I don’t have a lot of money, but I have a lot of friends and I’m rolling in dough.” Nancy’s new shop with much more room and bigger ovens is located on SE 12th and shares the building with Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. Come in for an iced sugar cookie! Order a chocolate chip pizza. Pick it up or have it delivered locally for a reasonable charge. Eat some BBQ next door and top it off with a strawberry cupcake! You’ll be licking your fingers. Better yet, come in, meet Nancy and her loyal crew and treat yourself!