Kaela Malchoff, a 17-year-old Girl Scout from Anchorage, Alaska, was trying to come up with a better way to sell Girl Scout cookies. The average scout sells about 200 boxes per year. Kaela has been avearging almost 1000 but knew if she could streamline the process she could do much more.
Over three years, she’s renovated a 1970s travel trailer, turning it into a drive-thru cookie kiosk, and now the “Cookie Booth” is open for business.
Every weekend this month, the enterprising teen has been at her cookie drive-thru, parked in the parking lot in front of an Anchorage grocery store, often with her mother and siblings. She has a goal to sell 5-thousand boxes of cookies and says she's on track to exceed that goal.
By most accounts, Kaela’s customers really appreciate the convenience of her drive-thru operation. “It’s very convenient for them to get their cookies,” Kaela says. “They really give me a lot of compliments on how it’s a smart idea.” “I don’t have to get out of my car,” one customer points out as she picks up multiple boxes of cookies. “I can drive up … and get what I want.”
Kaela believes that next year, her final year in Girl Scouts she will double the sales to 10,000!