Meet a Business is a new series featuring the person behind some of your favorite locally-owned businesses.
What is your name?
Sequoia D. Ross
What's your hometown?
What is your business name?
Favour Cookie Co.
How many years have you owned/managed your business?
What did you want to be as a child?
I wanted to be a vet but I'm allergic to most pet dander.
What is the most popular item you sell?
"The Betty" ginger pepper cookie dough is our most popular craft vegan cookie dough flavor.
What local business can you not live without?
I can't live without Bahashem Soap Company, Charm School Ice Cream, Ms. Girlee's, Croaker's Spot, Soul N'Vinegar, Good Foods Grocery, Little House Green Grocery and countless others. Local businesses are vital to the financial stability and growth of our community.
What's the first thing you do every morning to set the tone for your day?
I give thanks every morning to set the tone for my day. I don't take one second for granted. I'm grateful for every second I'm alive.
What tool, object, or ritual could you not live without in your workday?
Prayer is the most important ritual of every day. I start my day by giving thanks to GOD.
How did you come up with the name for your business?
Favour was named to honor my heavenly father. Proverbs 3:4 reads "Thou shalt find Favour in the eyes of God and man."
How did you get the idea for your business?
Dessert options were limited for my plant based life style and my favorite part of any meal is dessert. I decided cookies were a dessert that I wasn't willing to live without because who wants to live without cookies? It was important that the cookies were delicious and nut free. My daughter has a severe peanut allergy. Vegan food shouldn't be "other" and lacking in flavour. Favour Cookie is everyone's FAVOURITE frozen craft vegan dough!
What does the world need more of?
The world needs more love and understanding.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
If I could transport back in time, that would be my one superpower. I really miss my Nana. I'd love to brush her hair again.
What's your favorite thing to do in Richmond when you're not in your business?
I love ice cream but I'm lactose intolerant and allergic to milk. So, my favorite thing to do is get a waffle cone with my favorite vegan ice cream and walk around the city.
What was the first concert you ever attended?
The first concert I ever attended was Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation Tour.
Who do you look up to and why?
My mother is my greatest hero. She made sure I had the best of everything and she poured so much love and care into me. I pray I can be half the mother she is.
What do you love most about Richmond?
I love the Richmond food scene. There are so many delicious choices! Richmond is definitely a foodie destination city!
What's the best thing about being a local business owner?
My business is located in Historic Church Hill. The best thing about being a business owner is serving as a role model in my community. It's important that our youth see positive representations of success and entrepreneurship.
Favour Cookies are small batch, craft cookie doughs made in Richmond with Sauer’s vanilla and spices, non-gmo unbleached flour, organic palm shortening, pure cane sugars and love. Dough is pre-portioned so, you may bake as many or as little as you like. Dough is best kept frozen but can be eaten raw or baked. You can find them online, at Good Foods Grocery, or at Little House Green Grocery.