WATCH ABOVE: A local cookie shop will soon get the Hollywood treatment. As Kent Morrison reports, the Oscar buzz is already a boom for business.
EDMONTON – Kathy Leskow hopes to take home the prize for best cookie at this year’s Oscar awards. The Sherwood Park small business owner is getting ready to fly to Tinseltown to take on the red carpet.
“I don’t have the guest list, but Oscar nominees and their entourage.”
Leskow has been invited to a pre-Oscar party next Saturday, and she will be serving up her specially made cookies.
The mother of three started her business, Confetti Sweets, from home about five years ago. She expanded to a store front in Sherwood Park last year. The trip to Hollywood is seen as a marketing investment. Leskow and two staff will have to pay their own way.
“I’m hoping when we’re there, that some celebrities will eat the cookies in front of us and gush about them and kind of get the whole room excited about the cookies,” Leskow told Global News from her busy store on Thursday afternoon.
But will the effort be worth it? Local fashion writer Caroline Gault admits there’s no denying the power of celebrity. Gault works for Edmonton’s Poppy Barley Custom Shoes. And recently a pair was worn by former bachelorette Jillian Harris.
“We got her in a pair of our shoes and within a week we sold out of that style,” Gault says as she recalled the ripple effect of what happened.
“People just become addicted to them”
Time will only tell if the same success is achieved by Leskow, but whatever the outcome, she is glad for the opportunity.
“At the end of the day, if nothing else, we’re going to have a good time and good experience and do something different.”
Leskow will be taking 1,500 cookies to Hollywood.
With files from Kent Morrison, Global News