Tampa Bay gets another gluten-free and vegan bakery

HaleLife Bakery's Clearwater grand opening is scheduled for next weekend.

click to enlarge Everything from breads to cupcakes are available at Clearwater's vegan, gluten-free HaleLife Bakery. - PIXABAY
Everything from breads to cupcakes are available at Clearwater's vegan, gluten-free HaleLife Bakery.

Another bakery dedicated to all sorts of gluten-free and vegan treats has made its way to Tampa Bay. With a grand opening scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 28, the new HaleLife Bakery is the brainchild of son-and-mother duo Taylor Miller and Laura McCutcheon, who were both diagnosed with celiac disease almost 10 years ago.

Miller started his gluten-free blog, GlutenAway, which sees more than 1.2 million visitors a year, after being diagnosed as a teen. He and McCutcheon took their support of the local gluten-free community another step further in 2016, when they opened the first dedicated gluten-free event center and learning kitchen in the nation at 3350 Ulmerton Road. Locals will find HaleLife, stocked with everything from cupcakes to doughnuts (free of dairy, egg and soy, of course), in the front of their Clearwater center. 

Fit-for-fall treats — including butterbeer and candied yam cupcakes, maple glazed doughnuts, pumpkin pie, caramel apple bars, and spiced banana rum blondies — are listed on the bakery's menu, as are classics like lemon pound cake and coconut macaroons.

Special orders for any number of occasions can also be made, whether customers are celebrating a major life event or ringing in the holidays. Customizable HaleLife cupcake bouquets (check 'em out below) are one dreamy example.

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