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Allergy Free Baking Company provides option for those with allergies

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By Deborah Swearingen

Step inside the Allergy Free Baking Company, and the aroma of cinnamon and freshly baked bread is enough to make the mouth water.

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The Morrison bakery opened about three months ago and aims to provide healthy options for those with allergies and other dietary restrictions. Hours before the business opens for the day, owner Nicole Kurland is there prepping and baking fresh goods – all of which are nut- and gluten-free, and some of which are dairy- and egg-free.

As the mother of one son with a serious nut allergy and another with celiac disease, Kurland understands the struggle to find food, particularly baked goods, for her sons to eat. She began baking goods and running a small business out of her Ken-Caryl Valley home in an effort to offer treats for her family, friends and neighbors.

But after years of selling from her home, it got to be too much and Kurland began looking for a permanent home for the business.

“It took over my basement, my study, my living room, my everything,” Kurland said, laughing. “We all couldn’t wait for me to get out of the house.”

For Kathy Driscoll, a friend of Kurland’s and the mother of a child with dozens of food allergies, having access to allergy-free foods is everything. Her 12-year-old son, Camden, is allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, sesame, sunflower seeds, beef, pork and more.

“It’s been a very stressful road for us trying to accommodate all of my son’s food allergies, so knowing that she’s right down the street has been life changing,” Driscoll said.

Before opening the Allergy Free Baking Company, Kurland would test out recipes for Camden to try. Driscoll can remember her son’s first bite of cheese, which Kurland made with coconut milk.

“I seriously cried the first time he had his first grilled cheese because he loved it,” Driscoll said. “He’d never had cheese.”

Now, at school events or birthday parties, Driscoll feels relief in knowing she can stop by the bakery and pick up treats. And in doing so, her son feels like a part of the group instead of an outsider like he did for years.

These moments are what it is all about for Kurland. She, too, tears up when customers are able to eat something for the first time, and she tries to create foods that people with allergies often miss, such as pizza crusts, bagels and soft pretzels.

At her shop, Kurland bakes it all — bread, muffins, pies, cupcakes, brownies, pretzels and more. She keeps two stocked freezers, bakes items fresh daily and takes special orders for cupcakes.

The Allergy Free Baking Company is an experience, and because of this customer service and quality are key.

“I want people to be greeted and feel comfortable and have a good experience when they’re in here,” Kurland said.

But most of all, she wants the business to be a safe place.

“So that people know, if their child could die because they have a speck of egg, that I’m very, very careful,” she said. “… I take it very seriously. I’ve seen my son have allergic reactions, and it’s terrifying.”

Want to go?
The Allergy Free Baking Company is located at 14011 West Quincy Ave., Ste. J, in Morrison. The bakery is open Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more, visit www.allergyfreebakingcompany.com or call 720-572-7838.

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Follow her on Twitter @djswearingen.