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Hester General Store

Kids! Baking Class: GF/V Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kids! Baking Class: GF/V Chocolate Chip Cookies

Regular price $35.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $35.00 USD
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June 24th, 10a - 11a
July 29th, 10a - 11a

Max ten kiddos

A fun, creative hands-on experience for young bakers eager to learn independence in the kitchen!

What will I learn in this class? Students will learn how to make our signature Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. They'll learn the basics of making a drop cookie, the creaming method, and even get creative with alternative add-ins!

Each ticket is for one youth (age 9-15). No prior baking experience needed. We will be using stand mixers, hot ovens, and common kitchen equipment- student should have the ability to focus for duration of class and follow instructions re: use of equipment & tools. 

Doors open 10 min before class; parent/guardian should check participant in, then may pick up at class end time... just in time to enjoy a warm cookie! We recommend spending the time enjoying the sun over at the Hester Store will we bake.

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Fresh baked daily

Ingredient FAQ

Where do you source your ingredients from?

We primarily use locally sourced ingredients in all of our seasonal products, and rely on many value-added vendors to supplement our always-made-in-house products, including:

- Holmes Sweet Home
- TUFT Confectionary 
- MacGregor Orchard
- Rambling Rosa Farm
- Bee Well Honey
- Bio-Way Farm
- Carolina Ground

We also responsibly source bulk items, like butters, flours, or sugars, from distribution partners in the Upstate of SC and Foothills of NC.

Are any of your items gluten free or vegan?

Yes! We feature a number of gluten free or vegan treats as part of our core offerings. We also have developed an incredible vegan and gluten free ice cream that will be available for purchase soon!

Do you use any dyes or synthetic food colorings?

Not really! We prioritize natural food coloring in our products. Sometimes, we will create our own sanding sugars using food colorings for specialty items, and we will always point this out in the product description.

Are you hiring?

We’d love to learn more about you and if you’d make a great fit for the Hester General Store team! You can find open jobs here.

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A Brief History of

  • 1893

    - Michael Hester builds a store at the
    crossroads of Thomas Mill Road and
    Hester Store Road
    - First floor is a general merchandise store
    - Upstairs is a barber shop

  • 1920

    - Michael Hester dies
    - Oldest son Frank inherits the store
    - Frank turns over management of store to his sister Anne. She turns upstairs into a clothing store

  • 1966

    - Anne Hester dies, effectively ending the store's general merchandise business
    - Frank continues to open on a limited basis as a gathering spot only

  • 1981 - 1982

    - Frank Hester dies
    - One year later, store sold at auction

  • 2013

    Hester Store listed on the National
    Register of Historic Places

  • 2021

    - Hester Store purchased by Anderson, SC native Katie Chaney (that's me!) for the purpose of returning the store to its former glory as a general store and bakery

    - Renamed Hester General Store