Delivered fresh fron the hinterlands of Monroe every morning, Guilt Free Goodness gluten-free bakery is bringing its breads, cupcakes and tarts to Broadway. The new storefront tucked away inside the Broadway Alley just across from Laughing Buddha tattoo quietly opened this week.
“We have cupcakes that you wouldn’t even know,” baker and owner Dawn Purbaugh says of her gluten-free goodies so good that even people who haven’t taken the vow of gluten-free living don’t mind.
The new store celebrates its grand opening Saturday with plans for free samples and getting to know the neighborhood.
“I’m from Monroe. But we’re never going to get to where I want to get out there,” she said.
Already, Guilt Free has picked up two Capitol Hill weddings to provide cakes and treats for.
Capitol Hill is a neighborhood ripe for such a diet sensitive venture. Open minded and usually progressive, the Hill is pretty solid at providing for people with alternative diets. Soon, Capitol Cider will bring its selections of gluten-free and gluten-sensitive food and drink to E Pike.
Meanwhile, Capitol Hill is also excited about another baked good project with Bakery Nouveau Capitol Hill only weeks from its opening at 15th and John.
Eventually, she said, Purbaugh would like to do her baking on Capitol Hill, too.
For Purbaugh, starting a gluten-free focused business was much more than being part of a trend. Suffering from celiac disease as a child, Purbaugh learned as her mother tried to compensate and create snacks and treats in an era before commercial gluten-free products were widely available. After a decade as a drug court counselor, she decided to change gears and study at culinary school where, she says, having to continually taste her work made her sick — but also inspired her to learn more about cooking without gluten. When a friend said she would invest in Purbaugh’s company if she could produce a gluten-free bread, the challenge was on. The result is Guilt Free Goodness.
[mappress mapid=”34″]The result can now also be that gluten-free mini cupcake you are about to eat.
Like many entrepreneurs new to the Hill, Purbaugh says she is still sorting out the rhythms of commerce here. “We noticed business picked up later in the day,” she said — so this baker used to rising at 4 AM plans to start things a little later on Broadway. The space is too limited to do soup or sandwiches and, for now, coffee is drip only. Most customers so far are coming in for bread, Purbaugh says. Her challenge, as for others in the Broadway Alley like the new Torteria Barriga Llena, is connecting with the busy street outside.
Guilt Free Goodness Capitol Hill is located inside the Broadway Alley at 219 Broadway E and is open Wednesday through Fridays noon to 7 PM, Saturdays 10 AM to 6 PM and Sundays 10 AM to 5 PM. You can learn more at guilt-free-goodness.com.
Gluten-Free Farmers Market
A new name for the list of vendors who will be part of the 2013 Broadway Farmers Market also will make gluten-sensitive eaters happy. CHS featured the I Love My GFF cart last summer when Andrea Ramos Moore brought her mobile quinoa bowl operation to Broadway and Pike for a time. She’s still at it and often found on First Hill these days. Starting with the beginning of the farmers market season on Sunday the 21st, I Love My GFF will be back on Broadway serving food to hungry market goers.