While many of us have been eating raw cookie dough at home since we were kids, a number of stores around the country are popping up that specialize in cookie dough offerings. Unlike what you typically make in your own kitchen, this type of cookie dough is safe to eat because the eggs and flour have been heat treated.

Cookie dough stores are becoming popular in larger cities, but now Springfield is getting its own with the upcoming opening of Cookie Dough Factory. Owner Sasha Brinson, whose parents own The Curve Inn, is a Springfield native and says she’s excited to bring something new to this area.

“I like cookie dough, I like dessert,” she said in explaining her choice of business venture. She was inspired to open her own location after visiting Dough Co., located in the West County Mall in the St. Louis area.

Brinson is leasing the building at 214 S. Sixth St. in downtown Springfield, which formerly housed The Blue Door. “I like downtown, I used to live at the Lincoln Square Apartments until I recently bought a house,” she said. “There’s a lot of tourism and historic sites. I like the vibe.”

The exterior signage is already up, but Brinson is still renovating the space. “We should be opening the beginning of August. We’re still finishing up the floors and then I can get all the equipment in there,” she said.

She’s optomistic that the foot traffic downtown will only continue to increase. “Hopefully it starts to do a little better, and maybe I can bring some more business down there,” she said. “Who doesn’t enjoy cookies?”

Brinson plans to have Cookie Dough Factory open Tuesday through Thursday from 12-8 p.m. and until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.