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15,000 cookies, and more on the way

Sally La Follette is 'The Cookie Lady' for Royal Treatment customers


If there was a hall of fame for cookie bakers, Sally La Follette would be in it.

The West Linn woman is a model of consistency, motherhood and baking skill, and she has 15,000 cookies to prove it.

That is how many cookies La Follette has baked for her son Joel La Follette’s business, the Royal Treatment Fly Shop, over the past four and a half years. Most of all she has proven, especially to her son, that you should never underestimate Sally La Follette.

“I started doing this when Joel opened his business four and a half years ago,” La Follette said. “I decided to bake five dozen cookies on his first Saturday. I thought I would do it every Saturday.”

TIDINGS PHOTO: CLIFF NEWELL - Sally La Follette's cookies have turned Royal Treatment Fly Shop into home sweet home on Saturdays for customers. Coffee even comes with the cookies.

“I thought, ‘This will last about a week,’” Joel said.

However, the cookies just kept coming and they have never stopped. Every Saturday La Follette bakes five dozen cookies. Even when she and her husband Dale take off for six weeks a year she always has the cookies baked ahead of time for Joel to pick up. What’s more she hates to repeat herself and is always striving to find new recipes and ideas. All of this brings up a question: Why?

“When Joel started his business I knew about this much (holding her thumb and forefinger about an inch apart) about fly fishing,” La Follette said. “One thing I did know was I wanted to help. I wanted to make a contribution. Knowing how Joel wanted his shop to be. He wanted to make it a place like a home. What’s more like home than coffee and fresh baked cookies?”

The answer, of course, is nothing.

Royal Treatment customers are treated like family every Saturday. Longtime customers even come only on Saturday because they know that is the day they will get cookies. Royal Treatment is just like home. Only better. The Royal Treatment opens at 9 a.m. and sometimes the cookies run out as early as 11 a.m. It is no big stretch that Royal Treatment customers call La Follette “The Cookie Lady.”

However, La Follette’s biggest fan is not a customer but Royal Treatment employee Nick Wheeler, who calls himself “Our Cookie Monster.” He claims to eat about half of La Follette’s cookies every Saturday, and being a young fellow with the metabolism of a rabbit, the treats don’t show up on his waistline.

“I provide quality control,” said the helpful Wheeler.

Still, despite the adoration and veneration in which she is held, La Follette doesn’t understand why everyone is making a fuss about her 15,000th cookie. She only knows she has baked that many because she likes to keep count of things.

“Everyone else is more amazed than me,” La Follette said. “It seems so natural for me to do this. I hope Joel’s customers get as much joy out of eating the cookies as I do making them.”

Joel restricts his cookie eating because eating too many makes him get puffy. But he credits his mom with the success of his business.

“You can get fly fishing gear any place,” Joel said. “It’s only here that you can get homemade cookies.”

For more about Royal Treatment Fly Shop go to the website at ://royaltreatmentflyfishing.com. The shop is located at 21570 Willamette Drive in West Linn.

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