It all started with a text message from Molly Moon’s husband Zack to Robin Wehl Martin:
Zack: Hey Robin, it's zack. I need a small favor, if you don't mind.
Zack: There is a small space left in the new building on 19th. I need you to open a bakery there. Agreed?
Robin: Omg! Yes!! Does it also sell ice cream?
Zack: Molly’s into it if you are.
And thus a delectable partnership was born.
Over the years, Robin had built a reputation on Capitol Hill for delicious baked goods. She won Best Classic Whoopie Pie two years running at the Oddfellows Whoopie Pie Bake-off. (The next year they gave up and made her a judge.) She won top honors for “Overall Awesomeness” at the 2011 City Arts Pie Life competition and 1st place at the Crossroads Farmer’s Market bake off and has done baking stints at various Seattle restaurants.
The demand for Robin’s cookies for school fund-raisers, bar mitzvahs and neighbors with an overly active sweet tooth had become too much for one residential kitchen. With some nudging from Molly, Robin and her husband gave in to popular demand and made the leap from home kitchen to retail storefront on the east side of Capitol Hill.
And the rest of the space is devoted to Hello Robin’s delicious and ambitious cookies, including the signature "Mackles'more" that combines a graham cracker, a s'more cookie and a Theo chocolate chunk. Molly's to-go pints are also available from the bakery year round.
About a dozen cookies flavors are featured each day. In addition to the basic staples such as classic chocolate chip, snickerdoodle and oatmeal, there's also a selection geared toward a more mature palate, including habanero chocolate chip, and other varieties your mother probably never ventured into. And, yes, there is always a gluten-free option.
It was the cookies that first got Molly’s attention. Molly and Zack had given Robin and Clay (her husband) and three kids their chickens (Faye, Ida, Bambi and Levina) and as a thank you, Robin used the eggs to make delicious cookies she would occasionally leave on Molly and Zack's doorstep. Molly and Zack became addicted and realized they needed to strategize a way to gain access to those baked goods on a daily basis. Hence, the text message that started this story.
Since late 2013 Hello Robin has been a Capitol Hill favorite and a go-to destination for those seeking the best in cookies and ice cream sandwiches. In Seattle Magazine's 2017 and 2018 Readers' Choice awards Hello Robin was voted "Best Cookies" in Seattle.
9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday - Thursday
9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
- 4th of July
- Christmas Day
(Open until 3 pm Christmas Eve)
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