CHEK Upside: Victoria cookie business born out of pandemic boredom


During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Victoria’s Tim Thakker and his friends started sharing pictures of their favourite cookies in a Facebook group chat.

“It was called the Cookie Soldiers,” says Thakker.

“A bunch of my friends were sharing pictures of delicious treats from all around the world and promised each other that we’d go check them out.”

Soon Thakker had a mixing bowl at home and went from dreaming of tasty treats to making them.

“The goal for me was to try and create my own specific recipes and cookies and the process has led me down some crazy paths of creating cookies,” says Thakker

Those initial cookies have now led to the Vancouver Island Cookie Company, with the baking transitioning from Thakker’s kitchen to a rented space in the Victoria Public Market to meet the demand.

“Three weeks ago we started to do a test run and so far we’ve been able to deliver over 100 orders and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger,” says Thakker.

“We’re very excited about the reception, it’s kind of caught on and we’ve gotten positive feedback from it,” says Thakker’s business partner Peter Bal.

As for what the future holds, Thakker is open to expansion but is also content on where the company currently stands.

“If the opportunity arises to do this full time we’ll consider it, but I think for now we’re very happy with the way it’s turned out,” says Thakker.

To make a cookie order, visit the Vancouver Island Cookie Co. website.

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