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June 25, 2013

Bootin Gluten bakery scheduled to open today

DANVILLE — The smell of sweet and spice wafted through the shop Tuesday as Janet Lund readied the goodies in her gluten-free bakery.

Bootin Gluten Bakery and Market is poised for its soft opening at 11 a.m. today. The shop is located where Hillbilly Meat Shop used to be at 2409 B Georgetown Road.

For now, the hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays.

Lund said everything was being baked Tuesday so it would be nice and fresh for today’s opening.

“I think people have been anticipating this for a long time,” Lund said. “Usually two to four people stop here each day and try to get in.”

Lund has been experiencing setbacks to opening her shop, a business venture she decided to pursue about two years ago.

In the past few months the Danville resident has had to overcome plumbing and roofing issues and just Tuesday was dealing with some oven malfunctions. But rain or shine, she is moving forward.

“One way or another I’m opening tomorrow,” she said Tuesday with a laugh.

The baked treats Lund plans to offer today include pound cakes, acorn muffins, bread, fruit Danishes and cookies.

“Everything in the shop is gluten-free, and a lot of it is free of other major allergens.”

While Lund does not have any gluten intolerance herself, she has family and friends who experience adverse reactions to gluten. And she has become acquainted with dozens of others who cannot eat gluten either.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, according to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. Those who cannot eat gluten usually either have Celiac disease or some other sort of gluten-intolerance.

When gluten enters the body of someone with Celiac disease, the person’s immune system responds by attacking the small intestine which consequently prevents the body from absorbing essential nutrients. This response by the body can lead to a host of other problems, including osteoporosis, infertility, neurological conditions and sometimes cancer.

Having an aunt with intestinal issues and seeing the need locally pushed Lund to pursue her gluten-free one-stop shop.

“I realized there’s not much available at all in Danville,” Lund said a few months ago. “Not even fresh-baked stuff or bakeries in Champaign.”

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