Like a number of other local businesses that attract a large portion of their business seasonally, Sweet Andy's in Westhampton has branched out to capture customers in the off-season.
Recently, the cookie shop expanded to the web with a site that offers fresh cookie delivery by the bag.
"We expanded our presence to offer online ordering because of the requests that were coming in from out-of-town patrons that visited during the summer months," said Andy Terry, owner.
Terry also said the shop was also starting to get more and more orders from companies that wanted to purchase cookies as “thank you” gifts for clients and creating a place to place those orders online made sense.
To celebrate the opening of the website, Sweet Andy's released two new cookie flavors, mint chocolate chip and pumpkin, to add its array of cookies including chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter chip.
The move to the Internet comes just months after Sweet Andy's opened a storefront on Old Riverhead Road.
In June, Andy and his wife Lissa, who runs the store with him, renovated the Old Riverhead Road location to accommodate retail cookie sales, as well as the sale of new items, including croissants, brownies, muffins, cheesecake, coffee and Hersey's Ice Cream.
Sweet Andy's first opened as a wholesale business only a year ago in Westhampton Beach, first producing goods out of the home kitchen of the Terry's. The cookies are all made from an original recipe that Andy's grandmother used. He said he tweaks it to create new flavors and consistencies.
Sweet Andy's now joins other local business on the web, including Lynn Stoller Collection, which opened an online store in Dec. 2011 in an effort to show her out-of-town clients what new merchandise the store was getting in.
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