Levain Bakery got its start in New York City, where the bakery is best known for its decadent, 6-ounce cookies. The bakery was founded in 1994 by friends Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald, who began baking chocolate chip cookies to fuel their triathlon training.

“We both knew we wanted to own a business. We wanted to do something that we enjoyed every day and have a business that is part of the community and makes people happy,” Weekes says. “Both of us love to bake.”

Over the years, the company has expanded to five bakery locations across New York, built a growing national ecommerce business, and led the way in a category that is poised for big growth ahead.

Learn more about Levain Bakery in our latest slideshow.