Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Stacy's brings tasty gluten-free, vegan creations to South Tampa

Though Stacy's Gluten Free Goodies currently serves the areas of Carrollwood and South Tampa, owner Stacy Riffel's first customer was her 2-year-old son.

"When he turned 2, he started developing autistic like symptoms so we tested him for food allergies by recommendation of a doctor and it turned out he was allergic to gluten, dairy and eggs," Riffel said. "We started a journey to get him better and he started coming out of his fog little by little."

Riffel had trouble finding vegan food so she developed her own allergy free recipes.

Eventually, the family was able to enjoy homemade bread, pancakes for breakfast and pizza for dinner around the kitchen table.

"He would go to pre-school and I needed to have muffins and cupcakes and thought 'what am I going to do'. "

As her allergy free recipes expanded, they gained the attention of family and friends, as well as parents at birthday parties.

"Obviously there was a need," Riffel said.

She opened the first location in New Tampa in 2011 and eventually moved to the current Carrollwood location.

On June 24, the gluten free mom celebrated the opening of her second store located in South Tampa at 5130 S Dale Mabry Highway.

"There's a really tight niche of people and the vegan community has gotten larger in Tampa," Riffel said.

Both locations feature special menus during Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas including pumpkin pies and stuffing.

There's also special events like cookie decorating for the kids on Halloween and Valentine's Day.

Customers can also purchase Riffel's bread, pizza crust and pancakes and then just heat them up at home.

"My kids who are 9 and 11 now, one has a dairy and corn allergy, are like we're going to take over the bakery when you retire and keep it going," Riffel said.

For more information, visit gluten-free-goodies.com.

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