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Little Rock's first gluten-free bakery

18 million people in the United States are sensitive to gluten, the protein found in wheat. Now, those with celiac disease, or an allergy to gluten, have a place in Little Rock to purchase baked goods without the ingredient that makes them sick.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - 18 million people in the United States are sensitive to gluten, the protein found in wheat. Now, those with celiac disease, or an allergy to gluten, have a place in Little Rock to purchase baked goods without the ingredient that makes them sick.

Dempsey Bakery is Little Rock's first and only gluten-free, soy, and nut free bakery. Owner Paula Dempsey got the idea for the business after her husband was diagnosed as gluten intolerant five years ago. "He was so sick and once he eliminated gluten he was so much better."

So the Dempsey's created a place to serve others suffering with the same sickness. Their entire family changed their diet and turned their food allergy into a growing family business. Paula says sales of their gluten-free goodies are booming. "We have a bread called Everyone's Bread. It's our signature bread and our most popular. It's gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, rice-free, corn-free, sugar-free, and tapioca-free, so most everyone can eat it. That's why we call it Everyone's Bread."

The Dempsey's say response from customers is amazing. "We had the cutest little girl come in the other day and buy Everyone's Bread and she was hugging her loaf of bread, she was so excited."

Matthew Koehler's wife is gluten free and he says Dempsey Bakery is a great place to find really good products. "We've been trying to find good gluten-free baked goods like bread in grocery stores and the selection is pretty limited, so this is exactly the type of place we need."

Dr. James Hunt is an Anesthesiologist at Arkansas Children's Hospital. His son has Down Syndrome and celiac disease. "The advent of Dempsey Bakery means my child had his first cookie in a year last week. The population here in Little Rock, not just special needs, but everyone with gluten intolerance or gluten allergy is going to be banging on their door.

Saturday is Dempsey Bakery's grand opening from 9am until 3pm. They'll have samples of everything they offer. They're partnering with Big Daddy's Dog's to offer gluten-free hot dogs and buns. Dempsey Bakery is also taking orders for holiday pies and breads starting this weekend. They also do birthday cakes, wedding cakes, cupcakes, and pizza crust.

Dempsey Bakery is located at 323 Cross Street, Suite B, in Little Rock.
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