B-TOWN BIZ: New Gluten-Free Market & Bakery Opening Soon in Olde Burien

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Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer

If you’ve driven through Olde Burien lately, you may have noticed covered windows and signs of work being done inside the old Goodie Gumdrops location on the corner of SW 152nd and Ambaum Blvd. SW – a new gluten free bakery and market is preparing to open in that space.

Start Fresh Bakery, Deli and Natural Market is aiming to open in mid-December, offering gluten-free food items like bread, pastries, cookies and other baked goods. They’ll also be taking over the old B-Town Burgers space next door, where they’ll open a gluten-free, healthy deli offering fresh gluten-free pizzas, breakfast, lunch, sandwiches and more.

“One reason I’m opening a gluten-free business is because of my own intolerance,” said Owner Catherine Barashkoff, who suffered from a major allergic reaction six years ago.

Barashkoff told The B-Town Blog that she was “always the sick kid” and has had a lifelong struggle with dietary issues. It wasn’t until she had a big allergic reaction six years ago – where her face and throat swelled up and she ended up in the E.R. – that she discovered what was wrong with her.

“I went to a Naturopath, who asked me to keep a food diary,” she said. “And after six months of intense study we determined I was gluten intolerant. After I changed my diet, all my problems went away and I felt 15 years younger!”

Barashkoff wants to help others suffering from food allergies and intolerance to be able to find healthier options locally.

“I now have to go to five different stores to shop for groceries, and that’s not right,” she added.

And that’s why she’s opening Start Fresh Bakery, Deli and Market, which will offer an in-house bakery, raw foods, vegan alternatives, and even food for the Paleo “Caveman” diet. It will be a small store, with refrigerators and frozen items, a bakery, deli and more. There will also be take-out foods, dinner to go, and even gluten-free beer, specialty wines (Barashkoff has filed for a liquor license) along with seasonal items.

When Barashkoff saw that Goodie Gumdrops was vacating the space last summer, she hopped on it, and is now turning this great location into her dream business.

“Food has always been a passion in my life,” she told us. “And now I’ll have the opportunity to share what I’ve learned through my own experiences with others. Food is an overlooked key in a healthy lifestyle that people often take for granted. Not enough people pay attention to what they’re putting into their bodies. But you don’t have to sacrifice to eat well and be healthy.”

Barashkoff is overseeing the remodeling of the interior of the space herself (she has years of experience from a previous business), as you can see in the photos below, taken by Scott Schaefer (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

According to their website:

Start Fresh Bakery, Deli, and Natural Market is a specialty retail store, full-service, bakery, deli and cafe located in Burien, Washington.

We are dedicated to providing products for health and wellness that emphasize Gluten-Free, other allergen free, limited and special diets, supplements and nutritional products, organic, non-GMO, as well as sustainable and eco-friendly local products.

Start Fresh is a destination shopping experience to meet the needs of Gluten Free and health conscious consumers and a healthy choice neighborhood cafe.

Opening in mid December! Stay tuned!

You can get a sneak peek at the work being done inside this new business during Discover Burien’s annual Winterfest on Saturday, Dec. 1, when Barashkoff will be hosting a ‘One Warm Coat’ donation site for new or gently used coats, hats and gloves sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 41074. Be sure to bring a donation to help this great local cause, and see how the old toy store is being transformed into a brand new healthy bakery and market.

The address for Start Fresh is 816 SW 152nd Street, at the corner of SW 152nd and Amabuam Blvd. SW.

For more information, visit http://startfreshmarket.com and sign up for their email newsletter.

Be sure to also “Like” them on Facebook here.

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8 Responses to “B-TOWN BIZ: New Gluten-Free Market & Bakery Opening Soon in Olde Burien”
  1. Shere'e says:

    YEA!!! I was excited about a new GF bakery opening by Ikea, SO much better to be getting one in Burien!! We look forward to doing our shopping there!

  2. Crystal says:

    Words cannot express how happy this makes me… no more driving all over for GF food! I will gladly volunteer to help you move in (seriously)

  3. Gretchen says:

    I’m delighted that this will be opening in my area! Amazing!!

  4. Rachel says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait for the opening. Made my day to read this!

  5. sallie tierney says:

    Hurray! No more having to drive to East Hill Kent for fresh GF. I’ve been gluten free for over twenty years and it was a very rocky road the first decade – thank heavens GF food is becoming mainstream. I’ll be the first through the door. Wish this business great success.

  6. Sara says:

    Very cool! I’m looking forward to trying out a new B-Town business!!

  7. Toni says:

    Looks like a fun place to shop and may be the ticket to revitalize Olde Town. I love going there but have been dismayed at all the store closures. Thanks for reporting on this.

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