Brent & Sam's
Young Brent Bumpers and Sam DeWitt got their first taste of world-class cookies in Brent's kitchen. Nothing too unusual about that, right?
What was a bit out of the ordinary was the location of Brent's kitchen: the Governor's Mansion of Arkansas. The year was 1972, his dad was governor, and the cookies were the product of the Mansion's legendary cook, Eliza Ashley.
Fast forward to 1984. Brent was a federal prosecutor and Sam a phone company exec. Yet both still longed for the taste of those unforgettable morsels. Together they dedicated themselves to a higher, more ambitious calling: making those delicious, gourmet cookies available to the public. It took three nights a week of slaving away over a friend's pizza oven for over a year before they got the taste they were after. The wait and effort were worth it.
The cookies were so good, and their friends so addicted, that the only thing left to do was to package the morsels in plastic bags with stick-on labels and try to keep up with the demand. Eventually, they progressed to their current gourmet packaging, befitting the treasures found within.
Brent & Sam's Gourmet Cookies has grown rapidly in the past decade. The company now occupies its own building and employs a staff of over 40. The year 2005 marks our 20th year of business. Throughout all this growth and change, one thing remains the same: every single batch of cookies is made from scratch in Little Rock, Arkansas.