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"They are like a delicious
snickerdoodle with a
meringue on top. They
remind me of my childhood."
Allison Janney, Oscar winning actress
"The reviews were excellent and ever since they have been
Allison's favorite cookies," Hammons says. "From Hollywood,
to New York plays and movies, they are her taste of Dayton
to share. The excitement this year of her many awards from 'I,
Tonya' has led to countless dozens of Sand Tarts being made
and sold, not only in our shop, but shipped all over the country.
Dayton, Ohio, native Allison Janney enjoys her favorite cookies from Ashley's
They are a staple in her home, as well as a way to celebrate her
many successes with her friends and colleagues."
"For many months we developed products, trained the teens,
In a recent interview with Dayton.com, Janney said people
and worked with staff," Theresa Hammons says. "The success
originally thought that she'd baked these delicious treats. "I
has been amazing. Teens learning a new trade, gaining work
said, 'No, they are from my favorite bakery in Dayton, Ohio.'
skills that they never witnessed, and feeling rewarded by
They are like a delicious snickerdoodle with a meringue on top.
achieving success. A little over a year ago they opened a new
They are soft and moist and chewy and so good. My mother
bakery facility with the opportunity to have more at-risk youths
used to have them in the house when I was growing up. They
learn job skills and gain employment. Our time, talents, and
remind me of my childhood."
treasures that we were able to share with Daybreak of Dayton
are changing lives each and every day."
This is high praise for a hometown bakery like Ashley's Pastry
Shop. Theresa Hammons knows that owning a business, espe-
At Ashley's Pastry Shop, the team of talented bakers, cake
cially a bakery, means that your job description seems like an
decorators, sales staff, cleaning staff, packers and delivery
encyclopedia. "However, my husband and I split our duties. He
drivers help create deliciousness every day. "Our team is our
handles production and delivery to commercial accounts and
family and they are a big help to our success," she says.
I handle staffing, customer service and product development.
We work jointly on ordering and community involvement."
From Sand Tarts to decorated cookies to tea cookies, "I like
to say a cookie in each hand is a balanced diet! Celebrating
The biggest success in the couple's career, Theresa says, was
something, saying it on a cookie makes it delicious." Hammons
a partnership with Daybreak of Dayton, an emergency shelter
adds that the path to Ashley's Pastry Shop's success was laid
for runaway and homeless youth in Dayton. When the shelter
with support from a great bakery community, including "our
needed a business for its youth to help them gain employment
vendors, Dawn Foods and BakeMark, which enable us to deliver
and work skills, the shelter decided to develop a gourmet dog
fresh quality products and help us to stay in touch with trends
and new products."
The organization had the ﬁnancial resources, but reached out to
Ashley's Pastry Shop has provided countless memories to
the Hammons for product development, training, bakery layout
share. Their hard work has earned many awards, "but the best
and sourcing of equipment and ingredients.
is the smile on our customer's face as they leave our shop."
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