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Shop Local with Grey Ghost Bakery

By: The Local Palate

In an age where the term “packaged food” spurs images of mechanized assembly lines executing kitchen work, very few companies can claim that all their products are actually formed by hand before being baked and packaged. But Grey Ghost Bakery can. The nationally renowned cookie company crafts tender cookies, pies, and cakes that get their rich flavor from premium ingredients. Based in Charleston, Grey Ghost Bakery sends their treats to all corners of the city and distributes them nationally to grocery stores and individual mail orders.

Lifelong home baker Katherine Frankstone leads the company. She grew up baking alongside her father, and now uses her passion to satisfy sweet teeth in her area and beyond. These cookies don’t experiment with ground-breaking flavor combinations or over-the-top decorations. Unpretentious and crowd-pleasing, these cookies rely on good, simple ingredients to create classic, homey flavors, like chocolate bourbon, molasses spice, lemon sugar, and more. The cookies earned large-scale recognition from Martha Stewart, Food & Wine, Southern Living, and more.

A Sweet Partnership

The Charleston business’ commitment to quality caught the attention of Christa Polinsky of Mercantile and Mash, a “gourmet food emporium” on city’s peninsula. The eatery stocks their corresponding market space with gourmet foodstuffs from local businesses, carrying a variety ranging from coffee to snacks to ingredients. Frankstone approached the Indigo Road business in 2015 and a partnership between the two felt like a natural fit. Since Mercantile and Mash’s doors opened later that year, boxes of Grey Ghost Bakery’s cookies have been featured along with other specialty packaged goods on their mercantile’s retail shelves. Positive customer response over the years led to Mercantile and Mash incorporating the cookies into their custom-made gift baskets.

Beyond Mercantile and Mash, the cookies can also be purchased at Caviar and Bananas, The Restoration, Indigo Hotel, and more Charleston-area businesses. When she isn’t baking Grey Ghost Bakery’s hand-formed cookies, nutty chocolate pie, or five-flavor pound cake, Frankstone still can be found near the an oven, perfecting recipes for Christmas cookie fudge, German bundt cakes, and boozy milkshakes made with the chocolate bourbon cookies.

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