Seminole Heights vegan bakery Gaia is closed

But Sarah Hunt Bollhorst still wants to be your allergy safe recipe guru.

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click to enlarge Gaia doughnuts, pictured at the Attic Cafe in Tampa, Florida. - gaiadonut/Facebook
Gaia doughnuts, pictured at the Attic Cafe in Tampa, Florida.
Tampa vegan bakery Gaia has closed. Owned by Sarah Hunt Bollhorst, the business, located at 6617 N Nebraska Ave. in Seminole Heights, opened in March focusing mainly on donuts and other allergen-free baked goods (including these amazing cakes).

In her announcement, Bollhorst opened up about how taxing running a small business was on her mental health and the overall wellbeing of her family (including two young sons). “I was struggling to find joy in anything,” Bollhorst wrote, “Every time something would go wrong I was having another panic attack.”

When the store’s numbers kept falling, she realized had to get outside help.

“I finally met a fantastic therapist that helped me to realize that my business' financial success was not a direct correlation to my personal worth,” Bollhorst’s post continued.
Bollhorst’s days of baking are not over, she is just going to focus on the things she is good at over the business-running aspect of the industry.

“My ideal job would be as some kind of allergy safe recipe consultant,” Bollhorst told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. “I want to reach out to local eateries and see if I can help them develop signature dishes that allergy sufferers or dietary restricted people can enjoy in their establishment.”

Bollhorst is also looking into cake-decorating positions around town and wants to start her own YouTube channel. Follow @sarahmakesherself on Instagram for updates.

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Stephanie Powers

Freelance contributor Stephanie Powers started her media career as an Editorial Assistant long ago when the Tampa Bay Times was still called the St. Petersburg Times. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she studied improvisation at Second City Hollywood, she came back to Tampa and stayed put.She soon...
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