Mainstream supermarkets might be catching on to the boom in gluten-free business, but a handful of small stores across the country are completely committed. They sell only gluten-free products.
“This is my passion,” says Robyn Inglese of Robyn’s Gluten-Free Country Store in Branford, Connecticut. She opened the story to save gluten-free shoppers the trouble of having to look at every single label. They already know everything she stocks is gluten free.
The response has been heartwarming. “I’ve had people cry,” she says. “It makes me feel so good to be able to help them.”
Here’s a selection of exclusively gluten-free groceries.
Robyn’s Gluten-Free Country Store – Branford, Connecticut
This quaint market is designed to look like an old-time general store, complete with bowtie- and apron-clad employees. Robyn’s also offers an apothecary with natural remedies and a selection of fresh baked goods, including artisan breads, tea loaves and whoopie pies.
Gluten Free Specialty – Sacramento, California
In addition to groceries, this Northern California store carries a variety of fresh gluten-free baked goods from six local bakeries. You’ll also find a variety of gluten-free foods that are allergen-friendly, including corn free, soy free, dairy free, casein free and vegan products.
Jake’s Gluten Free Market – Boise, Idaho
This gluten-free retail store and bakery aims to be a gathering spot for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities. Jake’s offers events and programs including “Sample Saturday,” featuring free samples of bakery and grocery products, and “Thursday’s at Jake’s,” which hosts gluten-free experts and specialty groups.
Strictly Gluten Free – East Northport, New York
This gluten-free emporium on Long Island offers more than 1, 000 gluten-free products. The store also offers a wealth of services, including personal shoppers, dietitian referrals and cooking demos.
Against the Grain – Salt Lake City, Utah
This gluten-free grocer’s first location was so successful, the owners opened up a second location nearby. The store provides a “Gluten-free Survival Guide” for those who are newly diagnosed, in addition to recipes and information about local gluten-free restaurants.
G-Free NYC – New York, New York
Every product in this Manhattan market has been tasted by the store’s gluten-free staff to ensure both safety and quality. The store features a daily rotating schedule of gluten-free baked goods from local bakeries and offers delivery anywhere in Manhattan.
Janell’s Gluten-Free Market – Kirkland, Washington
Janell’s — owned by Janell Farnsworth, who was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2008 — boasts more than 2,000 square feet of retail space. Though the main store is completely gluten-free, the store does have a “Low-Carb Annex” section for people on low-carb diets featuring products that may not be gluten free.