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Everybody's Business: a new gluten-free option in Carrollwood

CARROLLWOOD — Business is booming at Stacy's Gluten Free Goodies following a move to Carrollwood.

The bakery, which specializes in allergen-free baked goods, was formerly located just east of Hunter's Green in New Tampa. After three years in the secluded location, owner Stacy Hiles decided it was time to find a larger, more centrally located storefront. She found the perfect space in Carrollwood's Grand Plaza Shopping Center.

Hiles began developing her allergen-free recipes six years ago in an effort to provide flavorful treats for her then-2-year-old son, who is sensitive to gluten, wheat, dairy and eggs. At the time, gluten-free baked goods were scarce and bland at best. Hiles modified traditional recipes to create cookies and cupcakes packed with flavor. Soon, she was receiving requests from the moms of other children with food sensitivities.

"I realized this could be a job, not just a hobby," Hiles said.

Today, Stacy's Gluten Free Goodies carries everything from cookies and cupcakes to bread and pizza crust. Menu items are not only gluten free; they also contain no soy, dairy, wheat, eggs or nuts. Special-occasion cakes are also available.

Stacy's Gluten Free Goodies is at 14379 N Dale Mabry Highway. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Visit gluten-free-goodies.com or call (813) 477-4247.

Loli's Mexican fare develops a following

TOWN 'N COUNTRY — Loli's Mexican Cravings brings an authentic taste of Mexico to Town 'N Country. Located on Benjamin Road just south of Waters Avenue, the family-owned eatery that serves made-to-order Mexican fare is quickly making a name for itself.

"Every day we have new customers," said owner Josue Garcia.

In the month since it opened, Loli's has also served a number of repeat customers.

"People can say they like the food, but I know they really like the food when they come back," Garcia said.

Garcia opened Loli's with his wife, Maria Suarez. Her recipes are what keep customers coming back, which is why Garcia thought it only fitting that the restaurant bear her nickname: Loli.

The tacos are the big draw. Fresh tortillas are loaded with fillings such as rib eye and fish and served with a side of salsa and grilled onions. The a la carte menu also features sopes (fried dough topped with meat, beans, cheese and Mexican sour cream), tortas (sandwiches) and tamales (available Friday and Saturday only). Prices start at $1.99.

Also worth a try are the traditional Mexican rice water drinks, agua de horchata and agua de Jamaica, which are a sweet complement to the food.

Loli's Mexican Cravings is at 8005 Benjamin Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (813) 886-7467 or follow them on Facebook: "Lolis" Mexican Cravings.

Do you know something that should be Everybody's Business? Email Karen Ring at kringtampa@gmail.com.

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