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Scratch & Grain promises more to come after television appearance

Tigard's Scratch & Grain Baking Co., appeared on ABC's Shark Tank earlier this month, and promises more to come in the next few weeks.Fresh off their appearance on the ABC reality competition “Shark Tank,” Leah Tutin and Taya Geiger of Tigard are busier than ever.

Their business, Scratch & Grain Baking Co., appeared on the show earlier this month, and Geiger said that orders have come flooding in.

“The orders just keep coming through the door,” Geiger said. “We don’t know how we’re keeping up with all of it.”

The company makes pre-packaged cookie kits for families who want to make single-serving batches of cookies. Tutin and Geiger went on the show in the hopes of securing several large mixing machines which would streamline their production.

“That will allow us to grow exponentially,” Geiger said. “Our volumes can grow way high with minimal effort and work.”

During the episode — which broadcast Jan. 13 on ABC — Geiger and Tutin made a deal with investor Barbara Corcoran, who agreed to give the company $150,000 in equity for a 20 percent line of credit.

Corcoran has been a regular on the series since its inception. A real estate agent, Corcoran founded The Corcoran Group in 1973, which she sold for $66 million in 2001.

Investors make initial deals on-air, Geiger said, but the real negotiating happens after the cameras are turned off.

“A lot of deals fall apart, but ours did go through,” Geiger said.

Tualatin-based peanut butter company Wild Friends went on the show in 2012 and initially secured a deal with Cocoran as well, but opted not to work together after the episode was filmed.

More shows next month

Corcoran had proposed possibly changing the name of the company to better reflect its mission. Those plans are on hold, Geiger said.

“That’s the last of our focus right now,” she said. “That may happen in the future, and if we did change it, we’d let our fans help us choose a new name.”

During the show, Geiger told the investors that online sales were few, since nobody wanted to spend the money on shipping boxes of ingredients to their door.

That may have been true then, but Geiger said that times have changed.

“We definitely got a ton of exposure from this,” Geiger said. “The reaction has been so positive.”

The business’ unique story resonated with viewers, she said

“We’re two moms who started a business,” said Geiger, who was pregnant with her second child during the taping of the episode. “And the feedback we have had is that people really appreciate how much easier and healthier it makes baking. They didn’t think that they could have a healthier cookie that could taste so good.”

That exposure has seen plenty of increased orders, Geiger said, and they aren’t done yet.

“We’ll have even more national media exposure,” she said. “You can expect us to be popping up on some other major shows.”

Geiger said she isn’t allowed to disclose what shows just yet, but said that they will be airing soon.

“There is one early next month, which is coming up really quickly,” she said, “and others are in the works, too.”

Scratch & Grain Baking Co., is located near Tigard High School. Their products are sold in 400 stores across the country.

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