Cory Nieves also known as "Mr. Cory" always dreamed of making the world better for everyone he knows. That passion, combined with a love of treats and an entrepreneurial spirit, led him to be the owner of Mr. Cory’s Cookies at just six-years-old. In 2010, Mr. Cory told his mother, Lisa, he was tired of taking the bus to school and he wanted to buy a car. He crafted the idea to sell hot cocoa to raise the funds in his local town of Englewood, New Jersey.
After realizing his dedication to his new business, Lisa encouraged him to continue selling hot cocoa to save money for college. Not only did Mr. Cory keep at it, but he began selling lemonade and cookies to expand options for his loyal customers. Mr. Cory and Lisa spent months learning how to bake, testing original cookie recipes.
One day, they taste-tested a cookie and had a “voila!” moment–the perfect chocolate chip cookie that was all-natural and made from high-quality, ingredients. Since the launch of the chocolate chip cookie, Mr. Cory has expanded his line to include more all-natural flavors for his health conscious customers: Double Dark, Oatmeal Raisin, and Sugar, with more to come!
Through his cookies, Mr. Cory has been able to work with some of the nation's leading companies and brands, including, but not limited to: Aetna, Barney's, Bloomingdales, Citibank, J. Crew, Macy's, Mercedes-Benz, Pottery Barn, Ralph Lauren, TOMS, Viacom, Whole Foods, Williams-Sonoma and now our partner, Mr. Marcus Lemonis!
In addition to working with nonprofits, such as Bergen's Promise in Rochelle Park, New Jersey and the Children's Aid Society in New York City.
A Letter to Single Moms
Well, I am a single mother, a sister, a hustler, a survivor, a believer, a giver, a friend, and the cookie mom of Mr. Cory’s Cookies. These are all things I am proud of.
But let me go back for a minute. Why cookies? Cookies helped me provide a clear pathway for my son. Cookies will give my son a chance to go to college. Cookies taught me business. Cookies taught me to change my perspective on life. Cookies kept my son off the street. Cookies gave me focus. Cookies allow me to get through the most challenging moments. Cookies open doors. Cookies brought amazing mentors into my son's life, and mine. Cookies allowed me to give the gift of hope to my son, single mothers, and at-risk kids. So, now I hope you understand that, for me, cookies mean a lot.
For all the single moms out there, and everyone who is struggling: it may be hard and you may feel like there is no hope. You may feel your kid is going down the wrong path, you may not get the love you want from a partner. Sometimes you will feel tired, ugly, without a family, without experience or opportunities in the job market. You may struggle with money and child care and trying to have your own life too. It is ok to feel those things, but please BELIEVE me when I say that there is hope, love, and beauty out there for you. The future is bright for you and your child. Your financial situation will change and there are people who want to help you. But you have to ALWAYS remember everything you do is for your child.
Never give up, swallow your pride, always dream the impossible. Your strength makes you persevere. Whatever your dream is: Own it. Believe it. No matter how dire your situation may look, you are someone's hero. Your child's and mine too. You inspire me. I did it and you can do it too.
Have a cookie. You deserve it.