The Nuflours crew, by Charity Lynne Photography.
A new generation is ready to continue a nearly 80-year tradition of baking on 15th Ave E.
“We’ve been searching for the perfect place for a while now, and a spot on Capitol Hill was where we always saw our business thriving,” Amanda Bedell, co-owner of Nuflours gluten free bakery, tells CHS. “The residents are food savvy and the neighborhood is urban with high walkability, close to the downtown, easy to get to from the freeways. And, for now, 15th is relatively easy to park.”
nuflours chocolate toffee tart, by Charity Lynne Photography.
Bedell and co-owner Phebe Rossi plan to open their first brick and mortar location this spring on 15th Ave E in the space where North Hill Bakery shuttered after losing its lease after 13 years in the longtime bakery space.
Nuflours, formerly d:floured, launched in February 2011 at farmers markets, coffee shops, co-ops, and grocery stores. The business has been operating out of a rented baking facility, but, happily, have outgrown that space.
In early December, Nuflours plans to start renovations on the 1936-built 15th Ave E building just south of E Mercer.
“This site has always housed a bakery,” said Rossi. “And we are excited to continue that tradition. We plan to offer the same tasty treats that residents have come to expect, but with a unique twist. They’ll all be gluten-free.”
Marisha Cowles of Moss Design will be designing our space. “The feeling we’re going for is open, clean and bright,” Bedell said. “We’re creating an updated historical feel with repurposed wood, steel and other recycled materials.”
North Hill, meanwhile, isn’t completely done saying goodbye yet. You can stop by 518 15th Ave E on Saturday, November 16th for a garage sale to help clear the bakery space out of more than a decade in accumulated treasures and give thanks and best wishes to owner Margaret Rumpeltes as she sets out to do some holiday baking — this year, for friends and family only.
With the changeover from North Hill to Nuflours, 15th Ave E is seeing a continued pulse of new investment. Nearby, Ada’s Technical Books opened its new home and cafe. Just north, the Lost Lake crew is preparing to overhaul The Canterbury. Across the street, demolition for a new four-story apartment building will come early in the new year. Meanwhile, the bakery ranks of the neighborhood have already been massively strengthened with the addition of Bakery Nouveau’s Capitol Hill location at 15th and John earlier this year.
Gluten free offerings are also on the upswing with dedicated efforts at Capitol Cider’s gf focus and Guilt Free Goodness’s outlet on Broadway joining a general direction away from the gluten end of the spectrum on many menus around the Hill.
In a statement on the new bakery sent to CHS, Rossi said she hopes Nuflours becomes a community hub on the formerly funky but suddenly bursting at the seems 15th Ave E.
“We hoped that we’d land on Capitol Hill,” said Rossi in the statement. “From the moment we saw the space, we were drawn to it. We love the building’s history and we love that it’s always been family owned. However, our plan is to be more than a local bakery. We want to be an active member of this community. Our passion is to feed the body and the spirit. In time, we hope to become a much-loved meeting spot as well as a place where people can attend classes and host community events.”
You can learn more at nuflours.com.
Capitol Hill food+drink notes
- Dulces is now open at 19th and Madison. And *still* hasn’t returned CHS’s calls.
- Juicebox’s new 12th Ave cafe opens… any minute now!
- In case you missed it, the Lost Lake boys are taking over The Comet. Why isn’t Lost Lake in bold? It’s bold up top where the boys are also taking over The Canterbury. Watch out Crescent!
- In case you missed it, Montana gals planning Nacho Borracho for Broadway.
- Speaking of Rachel Marshall, her ginger beer has gone national.
- Resto’s owner has been arrested and charged in a domestic violence assault case.
- The Bauhaus build-out of the Capitol Club is moving forward but the schedule has been pushed back. The cafe is now planning a December re-birth just up the Hill on E Pine.
- “Does it get ruined by the fish smell?“
- Latest addition to the food and drink offerings at the now year-round Broadway Farmers Market? “Melt’s mac ‘n cheese, now available in heated snack packs to eat while you shop.”
- Lotus Thai opens next to Catfish Corner in the CD.
- Stay hungry and be ready:
- Melrose Market cheese monger Sheri LaVigne of Calf and Kid wants to open the city’s first cheese bar… in Ballard. She has just over 48 hours to scare up another $13,000 in backing.
- New Madison Valley chocolate walk-up may be worth a visit:
Swiss-born Hans Riechsteiner is no stranger to sweets – he and his wife have made some 750,000 Liege waffles over the years he spent owning two Arosa cafes. But Hans, as his regulars affectionately call him, has sold off the family waffle businesses and two months ago opened Ascona Chocolat Suisse, a Madison Valley chocolate shop specializing in imported confections from his motherland.
- Eater Seattle includes no Capitol Hill restaurants and no Capitol Hill chefs in its polls for 2013 “best of” awards.
- World of Beer Capitol Hill grand opening celebration is November 25th.
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