East Lansing Mom to Open Allergy Friendly Bakery In May (But You Don't Have to Wait)

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 7:00 am
Rosalind Arch

Frazier and daughters

Have you ever wandered around your local grocery store bakeries searching for a delicious treat that’s healthy, too? Maybe something gluten-free, vegan, or made without allergens like wheat and dairy? The options are limited, and local East Lansing mom, Nikki Frazier plans to change that.

“I’ve always gravitated towards entertaining and hosting parties, making dinners and desserts, giving them as gifts throughout the years,” says Frazier, “so when my girls [were diagnosed] with food allergies, my best friend said to me ‘Nikki, you know how to make food taste delicious, no one can make this taste as good as you.’ So I did! I got in the kitchen and began experimenting.”

Right now, Frazier is selling her sweet treats online, anxiously awaiting the spring when she plans to open a storefront for her gourmet bakery and cafe, Sweet Encounter, in Lansing. Before that can happen though, she’s working hard to secure funding for the bakery by participating in business pitch competitions, two of which she has already won.

Frazier says she’s also “planning to tap into the retail market and meeting with local grocers to see about getting products into grocery stores, because they are so limited in terms of fresh gluten-free items.” Her dessert menu includes a variety of gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, and vegan goods. Nikki’s Famous Red Velvet Cake is a customer favorite, as are the Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Bars and Apple Crumb Pie. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, the bakery is happy to accept special requests and works hard to accommodate all kinds of allergies.

Sweet Encounter isn’t just for baked goods, but also breakfast and lunch items such as Frazier’s homemade Butternut Squash Soup and French Toast Casserole, which will be available for purchase soon. Her new storefront will also offer event planning and catering services for food, and decorative displays.

For the time being, Frazier is accepting phone orders at 517.763.2479 and on her website

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