The Cookie Shoppe
For those who knowingly and adamantly proclaim “no business will ever survive in downtown Albany,” two words.
Not convinced? Then two more.
While a vocal group of citizens constantly rings the death knell for revitalization efforts in Albany’s Central Business District with news of each unsuccessful business venture, there have remained constants. One of the most enduring is the little shop that could, Mona and Munir Qaqish’s Cookie Shoppe at 115 N. Jackson St.
With 27 years and counting under their belts, the Qaqishes have continued to ladle cups of their homemade soups, build their trademark subs and sandwiches, and serve up cookies like grandma used to make to generations of customers who know the quality of the food and the service will be the same today as it was 15 years ago when they first visited the little sandwich shop with their parents.
“People always tell us, ‘You would do such a great business if you were located on the other side of town,'” Mona Qaqish said during a recent rare pre-lunch slow period at the restaurant. “But we’ve been here 27 years, and the people of Albany have been good enough to support us and allow us to make a good living.
“We have no interest in being anywhere else.”
Mona, whose Palestinian family came to Albany in 1941, and Munir, who came here from Amman, Jordan, in 1971, were looking to open their own business when she, in a sudden moment of inspiration, went to the owners of the Cookie Shoppe and asked if they were int
The Cookie Shoppe is located in the heart of downtown Albany Georgia. We invite you to come and try out our homemade soups and sandwiches. Come as a customer … leave as family.