Gluten-free bakery Britt’s Bakehouse will open in Kirkwood

Britt Royal’s gluten-free treats used to only be available at Kirkwood Farmers Market or by special order, but she’ll soon have her own storefront in Kirkwood. Britt’s Bakehouse will open in November at 137 W. Jefferson Ave., in what was formerly Plowsharing Crafts.

“We will be able to have walk-in traffic, as opposed to just custom orders which is really exciting,” she said. “We’re really looking forward to that and engaging with the Kirkwood community.”

Royal said her facility will be entirely gluten-free. “It’s hard because if you don’t have a gluten-free facility, then [the food] is also inherently not gluten-free. They can make things that don’t have gluten in them, but that doesn’t necessarily make it safe for people who have celiac disease or wheat allergies,” she said. “So we want that to be the case. We want it to be safe. It will be celiac safe. It will be wheat-allergy safe, and we want people to be able to eat with confidence.”

Patrons can expect strictly gluten-free favorites from Royal’s original menu, such as chocolate chip cookies, sparkling sugar cookies, various flavors of thumbprints cookies, and plenty of cakes including carrot cake, coconut cake and raspberry-almond cake. Royal said the new space will also allow her to offer new and seasonal items and to fulfill more custom orders.

“We will be able to have more special items, as well – more holiday-based items and seasonal items and perhaps weekly specials, things like that that give variety to the gluten-free customers who have very few options in St. Louis,” she said.

Britt’s Bakehouse will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Brenna Sullivan is an editorial intern at Sauce Magazine.