Back in 1989, Ann Clark started out with little more than a pig-shaped Christmas ornament and a dream. After years of painting and creating small gifts for her children to give away, she set up shop in her garage and turned a hobby into a business. In 1991, armed with a small amount of start-up cash and unbridled enthusiasm, Ann tackled her first trade show, setting up a booth at the Philadelphia Gift Show with six cookie cutter designs and several other hand-made crafts. She came home with $3,500 in orders, and Ann Clark, the person, became Ann Clark, the company.
Thirteen years of love and labor later, Ann’s creative flair and love for baking has produced a broad product line of cookie cutters and associated giftware, making Ann Clark Cookie Cutters the largest cookie cutter manufacturer in America. With accounts throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia, “The Cookie Cutter People from Vermont” are invited into the kitchens of consumers worldwide.
With the success of Ann Clark Cookie Cutters, the business soon became a family affair. Ann’s son Ben came on board as General Manager in 1998 and today is the company’s CEO. Very supportive from the outset, Ann’s late husband, John, was promoted to the more official role of Vice President in 1996. Her late son, John Jr., also served as a key player when he moved back to Vermont in 1996, and daughter Elizabeth joined the team as Sales Manager around the same time. Even grand children Margaret, Rebecca and Alistair lend their services as cookie makers, tasters, and decorators eagerly approving Ann’s cookie cutter shapes.
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