NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – With food allergies on the rise, the need for gluten-free options is also on the rise.
One Middle Tennessee family is answering the call with their bakery, Vegan Vee Gluten Free Bakery.
Vivi Peatman singles out her blueberry lemon muffins, donuts and her oatmeal crème pies as the top three best sellers in her Sylvan Park bakery.
She’s been perfecting her goodies since she was a kid.
She grew up in Germany and says she has tweaked her childhood recipes and now makes all of her baked goods gluten-free.
Her husband, Jim, said he loves to see the reactions of children who suffer from food allergies when they walk into Vegan Vee.
“It’s exciting to see [the kids] come in and ask their father or mother, what of all of these delicious looking things can they have? The parents say anything, and they cover their mouth and put their face to the glass. It’s very rewarding to see the joy that’s being brought to bear with these young people,” he said.
The most common question Vivi says she gets from those who have never tried one of her gluten-free treats is does it taste different.
“I think it tastes better because it tastes cleaner. The taste is pure,” she told News 2.
Until February, customers could only find Vivi’s creations in stores that bought them through wholesale, but this take-out bakery has been in the works for about four years.
The quaint little shop previously housed Jim’s longtime business, Classic Handyman, but he figured he could run his business without a storefront, laughing that the neighborhood is happy with the change.
“I think the neighborhood is way happier to have a bakery than a Classic Handyman office here, a bakery is more fun,” he said.
Customers can usually find the entire Peatman family, Vivi and Jim and their two children, in the kitchen at the Vegan Vee Gluten Free Bakery.
Jim; however, admits that Vivi is still the boss.
“This business is a way to work together as a family, and it’s a way for us to all celebrate Vivi’s talents. She’s been called a genius at this, and I would have to agree that it’s just amazing,” he said.
Vivi added she’s enjoying her new storefront since it’s what she’s always wanted to do.
She said the only thing she is struggling with is having not have enough time to add more specialty items to the menu.
“I’d like to do more. Make more specialty items, but it’s really hard to find the time to do it,” she explained.
The bakery, located at 306 46th Ave. North, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.
For more information, visit VeganVee.com.