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New Andersonville Gluten-Free Bakery Sets Opening Date

Defloured-1The license certificate is posted and the ovens are baking away. Yet Defloured: A Gluten-Free Bakery, 1477 W. Balmoral Ave., has not yet opened its Andersonville doors. When will it, its Facebook fans ask?

According to a sign posted on their window, expect a soft opening on Valentine’s Day, February 14, from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Defloured’s regular business hours will start on Wednesday, February 17.

Johanna Van Dorf, a self-taught baker (she’s been baking since she was old enough to reach the countertops), felt the urge to bake in her hands and “was driven not only by my sweet tooth, but by the anticipation of that first, second, third taste of cookie batter or, if it ever made it that far, the finished product,” she wrote on her website.

Van Dorf had been looking to open her first storefront in Andersonville for a long time, she said. The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce helped her get in touch with the landlord of the 700-square-foot Balmoral space, which is located in the former Hoppin’ Hots, a hot dog restaurant. Her year-long lease started in December 2015, and no substantial renovations are planned other than the installation of a counter, and some electrical work.

“I love Edgewater and I love Andersonville,” she said. “I’m excited. We are looking forward to (opening.)”

Van Dorf won’t have far to walk to her first storefront. An Andersonville resident for the past 12 years, she said she lives about five minutes from her new business. She’s also well familiar with the neighborhood’s farmers market, having participated in it for about four years. Her products are also sold at three outlets in Edgewater: Whole Foods Market, 6009 N. Broadway; Chicago Grind, 5256 N. Broadway; and Ranalli’s of Andersonville, 1512 W. Berwyn.

Defloured offers brownies, oat bars, lemon bars, salted peanut butter bars and S’Mores bars, just to name a few, as well as cakes, cupcakes, whoopie pies and a variety of cookies. It also caters.

“It will be an open kitchen so you can see what’s happening,” she said, adding that her products are entirely gluten-free. She offers dairy-free and vegan options.

She also plans to have one table inside the bakery. While she doesn’t expect to serve coffee immediately upon the opening of Defloured, she will later sell hot chocolate and homemade chai, as well as lemonade in the summer months.

Van Dorf will sell seasonal items as well, such as conversation hearts and little cupcakes for Valentine’s Day. She will be open earlier for breakfast on the weekends only, selling scones and crumb cake. She said she’s currently experimenting with cinnamon rolls and is looking to do quiche.

“We bake everything fresh to go, and we won’t keep items on the shelf for more than a day,” Van Dorf said. “It will be really learning what sells and what doesn’t.”

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