Q & A with cookie sellers

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March 22, 2004 // UPDATED 10:23 am - April 25, 2007
By: Tom Carothers
Tom Carothers

For Girl Scout cookie sellers, a booth set up outside the Marquette Hotel on the skyway level of the Crystal Court is Boardwalk and Park Place all rolled into one. It is such prized cookie-selling territory that metro troops have to enter a lottery for a chance to sell from it for a day.

Imagine the luck of scouts Kelsey Henderson (front left), Gwen Evans (front right) and their mothers, Judy (back left) and Mary (back right) when their lot was picked not once, but twice within one week. Skyway News caught up with the representatives of troop "Studio 2B," a conglomeration of three smaller scouting entourages from Bloomington. They were near the end of their second day of selling atop their Marquette perch.

How's business been today?

Judy: Good. We've been very pleased.

What have been the big sellers so far?

Gwen: Thin Mints and Caramel Delights

Mary: The peanut butter ones have been going fast as well.

What's your selling strategy?

Judy: Well, just being pleasant. When one person stops, others tend to as well.

Mary: We need a big lighted sign, and maybe even a disco ball.

Kelsey: My friend could come and play guitar...

Judy: It's been nice to be

pleasant and smile all the same.

Do you girls get out of school for this?

Judy: Actually they're home schooled. Not only are we the mothers, we're their teachers.

Is everybody getting a good learning experience here?

Judy: Absolutely. The girls are learning customer relations, math skills, marketing, plus just how to be kind to people...life experiences.

What's the most cookies anyone has bought from you?

Kelsey: Today, we had someone with 10, last week someone bought 18 at once.

Big eater, eh?

Kelsey: Yeah!