Alicia “Cookie” Spiller expands her budding business in Natchez

With her budding business Thee Cookie Jar, Alcorn State University alumna Alicia “Cookie” Spiller gives artists in the Mississippi and Louisiana area a place to tap into their creative abilities.

Thee Cookie Jar, located in Natchez, Mississippi, is an artistic pursuit that initially specialized in photography. Currently, the business offers both photographic and art sessions for all ages.

In December, Spiller took her business to the next level by adding The Sip and Paint Shop, a branch of Thee Cookie Jar that provides customers the opportunity to uncork their favorite wine and paint with their friends and family.

“It is very fun and relaxing,” said Spiller, who earned a master’s degree in computer and information science from Alcorn in 2014. “It is not only limited to adults age 21 and older, but I also provide sessions for people of all ages to partake in.”

Louisiana culture influenced Spiller to bring her vision to life in Natchez.

“I was inspired by my multiple visits to Painting With a Twist Studios in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. I knew that my expansion would be progressive for the historic city of Natchez, and would be embraced by the Miss-Lou.”

Expanding her business is a fulfilled milestone in Spiller’s career. She said that more expansion is on the way.

“It felt really great to move forward into a new dimension by adding a new component to Thee Cookie Jar. I plan to expand into a multifunctional art studio that would cater to all of the customers’ artistic needs. Also, it is my goal to provide a place where tourists can come and enjoy the services I have to offer and buy collectibles or souvenirs to take home to their loved ones.”

Spiller is one of many individuals who are living their dream. She sees her business as a blessing.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to offer services I enjoy. Thee Cookie Jar is not a job to me; it is my passion. The best is yet to come.”

For more information on Thee Cookie Jar and The Sip and Paint Shop, contact Spiller at (601) 653-9802.

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