The Origin of Hello Robin
It all started in 2013 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. And seven years later Hello Robin is still using Molly Moon's ice cream for their ice cream sandwiches.
In the years prior to this, 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 City Arts Pie Life competition and 1st place at the Crossroads Farmer’s Market bake off and had done baking stints at various Seattle restaurants. And that's when Robin's baked goods got on Molly's radar.
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.
At this same time, 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 and with the nudge from Molly, Robin and Clay gave in to popular demand and made the leap from home kitchen to retail storefront on the east side of Capitol Hill at the end of 2013.
And even since then, Hello Robin has been devoted to providing delicious and ambitious cookies every day, including the signature "Mackles'more" that combines a graham cracker, a s'more cookie and a Theo chocolate chunk. Molly Moon's to-go pints are also available in the shop and her ice cream flavors are featured in the custom ice cream sandwiches that are the biggest draw every evening during dessert rush hour.
About a dozen cookies flavors are featured each day. In addition to the basic staples such as Classic Chocolate Chip, Brown Butter Snickerdoodle and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip with Tart Cherry, there's also a selection geared toward a more mature palate, including Orange, Habanero Chocolate Chip, and other varieties your mother probably never ventured into. And, yes, there is always a gluten-free and vegan option.
Since 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.
And now, after more than 6 years of operation, Hello Robin has started another chapter, which is a second shop that opened in the Northwest corner of University Village in the fall of 2020!
Both shops are open for take-out window service. Capitol Hill is open Sun - Thu from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Fri and Sat 11 a.m. to 11 pm. University Village is open Sun - Thu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Fri and Sat 11 a.m. to 10 pm.
- 4th of July
- Christmas Day
- Christmas Eve: U-Village closed at 6 p.m. Capitol Hill closed at 3 p.m.
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