SWEET STORY

Pros aid cookie-mak­ing sis­ters robbed by crumbs

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY AARON SHOWAL­TER and THOMAS TRACY

SOME­TIMES, the cookie crum­bles in your fa­vor.

Two Brook­lyn girls who were robbed as they sold cook­ies in the sub­way two months ago re­ceived help in mak­ing their small busi­ness grow from a hand­ful of cookie mon­ster-moguls.

Af­ter learn­ing about 15-yearold T’yonna and 10-year-old Ari­anah Cruick­shank’s plight in the Daily News, En­tre­pre­neur.com, the web­site for En­tre­pre­neur mag­a­zine, put the two bud­ding bak­ers to­gether with chef Aliyyah Bay­lor, the owner of Make My Cake, Stacy Itzel of Pam­pered Chef, and Court­ney Cer­ruti and Liana All­day of the arts and crafts com­pany Creative­bug. They all be­came the girls’ men­tors for a spe­cial day last month. “My jour­ney started young just like you,” Bay­lor told the two sis­ters, rec­om­mend­ing that the girls keep a jour­nal of their bak­ing vic­to­ries and mis­fires. “Write down the lessons that you learned that day, be­cause ev­ery sin­gle day there is a les­son.”

Cer­ruti agreed. “The bot­tom line is, keep go­ing,” said Cer­ruti, who of­fered the girls a one-year mem­ber­ship to Creative­bug. “We can’t wait to see you suc­ceed.”

Stand­ing out­side the Franklin Ave./East­ern Park­way sta­tion where they were mugged in July, the two sis­ters said Satur­day they learned a lot from the spe­cial men­tor­ing.

“We learned how to learn from our mis­takes,” said T’yonna. “We leaned about dif­fer­ent mix­ers and how they’re used for dif­fer­ent things. It was in­spir­ing.”

“(We got) so much good ad­vice,” Ari­anah added.

Be­sides ca­reer-chang­ing coun­sel, the sib­lings (photo) also re­ceived RENHCABFFEJ gift bas­kets filled with molds, pip­ing bags and bak­ing tins that they are al­ready us­ing in their busi­ness, their mom Marvell Cruick­shank said.

The men­tor­ing was recorded and spliced into a video ap­pear­ing on En­tre­pre­neur.com.

“It was re­ally nice,” Cruick­shank said about the men­tor­ship. “They learned a lot and are tak­ing all of the ideas they re­ceived into con­sid­er­a­tion when they are mak­ing their new fla­vors.”

The two girls were sell­ing their home-made cook­ies and pas­tries in­side the Franklin Ave./East­ern Park­way sta­tion on July 5 when two teenage girls and a boy pep­per-sprayed and robbed them.

The three teens were quickly ar­rested and charged with rob­bery. One of the girls, 16-year-old Di­a­mond Payne, pleaded guilty last week and is ex­pected to be sen­tenced to pro­ba­tion next month.

The case against the se­cond sus­pect, 16-year-old Vene­cia Lit­tle, was pend­ing. The younger boy was charged as a ju­ve­nile.

Linda Lacina, the man­ag­ing editor of En­tre­pre­neur.com, said the girls’ story in­spired Bay­lor and other busi­ness­women to help. “All this help can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween a hob­by­ist and a busi­ness owner,” Lacina said. “They’re go­ing to have the most el­e­gant baked goods in the en­tire sub­way sys­tem.”

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