Insomnia Cookies opens its doors in Kent


Taylor Kerus of Insomnia Cookies serves customers at the Kent store. Insomnia Cookies is famous for its variety of cookies and dellivering them until 3 a.m. Photo by Brian Smith.

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Sometimes big kids need milk and cookies, too. Especially when they don’t have to leave the house to satisfy their sweet tooth. Insomnia Cookies will deliver cookies to your doorstep from 6 p.m. until 2:45 a.m. nightly for a minimum of $6.

The shop is at 295 S. Water St., just down the street from 157 Lounge and on the corner of Water and Main streets.

“Usually, our target audience is the late-night college students that are either studying or out partying with friends,” said Ethan Miller, an employee at the University of Akron Insomnia location, which opened in July.

In Kent, Insomnia is in Fairmount Properties’ new downtown building. The building permit cost $30,000, according to Kent Patch.

Cravers have 12 kinds to choose from, ranging from the plain sugar cookie to the ooey-gooey s’mores deluxe cookie.

“Most of them are, for various reasons, inhibited in their thought processes that late at night,” Miller said. “So we just try to make it straightforward.”

Each cookie tastes like it’s fresh out of the oven because the cookies are kept in a heater. You will need a napkin or five, though.

Along with taste bud-tingling cookies, the sunny location is also a customer draw. The large windows, wooden floors and chocolate aromas make Insomnia a relaxing spot for cookie indulgence either between classes or during a date.

Right now, the shop is still in the beginning stages. Aside from a small open sign, it was hard to notice Insomnia. The owner was just working on hanging the store banner yesterday. Insomnia isn’t allowed to attach a permanent sign until construction on that commercial area is complete, Renee Sarnecky, the marketing manager for Insomnia Cookies stores, said.

The Kent location will hire 12 to 15 new employees, half of which are Kent State students.

Sarnecky said she thinks the location is prime for Insomnia because of the growing downtown. Right now, the construction makes Insomnia a bit difficult to get to, but when it’s done, it should be much more pedestrian-friendly.

“Kent is more of a community city, it seems,” Miller said. “I think people will like to hang out [there]. It’ll be their favorite. They’ll be regulars. It’s just where they’ll go.”

You can order a minimum of $6 for delivery online or on the phone at 877-632-6654.


Insomnia Cookies, a niche store with twelve different cookies that are always warm to the bite, opened today at 1 p.m. at 295 S Water St.

It’s open until 3 a.m. and is conveniently located on the route from the bars back to campus. If drunken pizza munching isn’t your style, this is a sweet and wallet-friendly alternative. Chocolate Chunk, Oatmeal Raisin and Snickerdoodle are a few of the tasty treat options. Regular-sized cookies are $1.25 and Deluxe Cookies are $2.50. They’ll deliver cookies from 6 p.m. until 2:45 a.m. and their minimum is $6.00.

You can pre-order your cookies online here or by phone at (877) 632-6654.

See Thursday’s issue of the Daily Kent Stater for the full story.

Contact Kelsey Misbrener at [email protected].