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Insomnia Cookies, 1401 W. twenty third St., is pictured in October 2021.

I’ve lengthy felt a case might be made that cookies ought to come first. (That’s why I love the makers of Cookie Crisp cereal. They flat out suggest consuming a bowl of cookies to start out your morning.) I don’t know {that a} bowl of cookies is concerned, however I do have information of a cookie first. A cookie retailer will turn out to be the primary business tenant of a blended use condominium/retail complicated on twenty third Avenue.

Insomnia Cookies is within the technique of opening a store on the bottom ground of the multistory Proxi Lawrence condominium/retail constructing at 1401 W. twenty third St.

If you happen to keep in mind, Proxi is the 330-bedroom condominium complicated that additionally has about 8,000 sq. toes of retail area on the location that was the placement of UNI Computer systems, George’s Pastime Home, Copy Co. and a number of other different companies that occupied area within the previous strip mall.

The flats at Proxi began filling up firstly of 2021, however the retail a part of the challenge has been gradual to develop. Insomnia is taking the leap to turn out to be first, and it’s doing so with a enterprise mannequin that depends on being late — as in open very late to fulfill cookie cravings.

The corporate’s web site touts that it delivers cookies to your door as late as 3 a.m. That is likely to be a clue about the place this firm acquired began: a university city.

The corporate originated in a dorm room on the College of Pennsylvania, with the idea of delivering heat cookies to fellow college students. Since then, the corporate has grown to greater than 180 areas nationwide, with a couple of in Kansas Metropolis and one on the campus of Kansas State.

I talked briefly with a consultant of the corporate who was on the town establishing the shop, and he stated he anticipated a gap of the Lawrence location within the subsequent week or so.

He referred different inquiries to a company spokesperson, and I’ve acquired questions in to that workplace. However I’ve primarily acquired a query urgently working by way of my thoughts: What’s “cookie butter,” apart from a mash-up of two of essentially the most spectacular phrases on any menu?

Certainly, Insomnia sells one thing referred to as cookie butter. Based mostly on the web site, it seems to be a clean, chocolate-based unfold which you can slather on a cookie, or use it as a “dip for cookies, apples, pretzels, and extra.” Is it one other phrase for frosting? I don’t know, however once more, I applaud the courageous recognition that frosting can be utilized as a dip. (Actually brave would have been to incorporate within the checklist of dip-able gadgets, finger No. 1, finger No. 2, finger No. 3 . . . )

The shop additionally provides one thing referred to as a “cookie butter bomb,” which seems to be a cookie and ice cream with a giant ball of cookie butter one way or the other in the midst of that creation.

After all, extra conventional cookies are also a giant a part of the menu. There are the usual chocolate chip, M&Ms, raisin oatmeal, peanut butter and different such creations. The deluxe varieties embody a peanut butter cup model, an oatmeal chocolate walnut, a salted caramel and a number of other others.

Brownies are also on the menu,and as I discussed so is ice cream. That permits the corporate to make quite a lot of cookie ice cream sandwiches.

Along with delivering to school college students, it appears to be like like a giant a part of the corporate’s enterprise is delivering to companies or occasions. The corporate makes cookies in a lot of totally different sizes, relying on the event, and has one get together bundle that includes 300 cookies.

I do know what you’re considering: How do you wash down 300 cookies? It includes a herd of cows. Sure, the store’s menu does embody ice chilly milk.

I haven’t but heard whether or not the corporate plans to supply supply all through Lawrence or will deal with a smaller space of city. Additionally, the web site touts 3 a.m. supply, but in addition stated some areas lower off supply nearer to midnight. If I get further particulars, I’ll go them alongside.


In different information and notes, I’ll briefly point out a few different developments I’m checking on.

There’s a brand new Mexican restaurant coming to downtown. Molcajete’s Tacos & Tequilas is coming to 941 Massachusetts St., the spot that when upon a time housed the Genovese Italian restaurant.

I don’t have some other particulars about Molcajete’s, but when the title sounds acquainted, a molcajete is a Mexican model of a mortar and pestle. Perhaps there’s something fascinating you are able to do with tequila and a molcajete. In reality, I’m nearly positive there may be.

The opposite fast notice includes the previous Shark’s Surf Store storefront. As we reported final yr, Shark’s closed its retailer at 813 Massachusetts St. after an extended trip in downtown Lawrence. The store has been empty ever since, however now there’s a signal that GameNut Leisure will open within the location.

GameNut, which sells all kinds of board and video video games, buying and selling playing cards, comedian books and different such merchandise, is presently positioned on the opposite aspect of the road at 844 Massachusetts.

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