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LIVING LOCAL | Uganda native sells cookies in Louisville ... off her head

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you've ever been to Louisville Slugger Field or walked through downtown Louisville, chances are you've seen Elizabeth Kizito.

"I would show up and people would get so excited, like the "Cookie Lady's in the building, everybody stop working," Kizito said.

The Uganda native started baking cookies back in 1984 to buy her son a present.

"We make chocolate chip cookies, and we make oatmeal raisin and peanut butter and snickerdoodle." 

The most popular is the good ole' chocolate chip, which is crazy, considering she'd never had one until she came to the U.S.

Thirty years later, Kizito cranks out thousands of cookies a day at her bright yellow bakery on Bardstown Road in the Highlands, where she also sells African crafts.

It's not just the product, but the presentation that sets these cookies apart. Particularly at Slugger Field, you'll see Kizito selling her cookies out of a basket she carries on her head.

"Women sell things from their head in Africa," Kizito said. "They just walk around with things."

So the next time you're walking through Louisville, make sure you have a little cash in case you run into Kizito and her basket of cookies.

Kizito's is open Tuesday through Saturday, and you can also find them in local stores.

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