Monday, April 19, 2010

We are losing one of our GF Bakeries in the Twin Cities

I know we are still blessed to have Bittersweet Bakery in Eagan and Madwoman Foods in Minneapolis but I am still sad to hear the Cooqi in St. Paul is closing on April 30, 2010.

It is not all bleak news. It sounds like their new products will be more affordable to those of us struggling to afford gluten free foods.

Here is the info from an email that I received from them yesterday:

April 2010 Cooqi News
Dear Friends
I'm sorry to say this is not my usual upbeat email.
We at Cooqi are very sad to announce that Cooqi Gluten-Free Delights will be closing its doors, as of April 30, 2010.
While it has been a joy to provide fresh baked goods to you for the past three-and-a-half years, our retail bakery business model is simply not sustainable, despite our countless loyal customers and the tireless dedication of my employees.
So, heartbreakingly, the bakery is closing.
Yet... the GOOD NEWS is that the Cooqi mission will live on!
Cooqi 2.0 will now be parlaying its most successful products into high quality, whole-grain gluten-free baking mixes that will be available for purchase online and from area groceries and coops within the next couple of months.
Our initial line of mixes - bread, pizza crust, cakes, pancakes, muffins, and baking flour - reflect the most popular items in our bakery. Not only will Cooqi's baking mixes allow you to continue to have the things you love from Cooqi, but you'll be able to make them easily (and more economically) yourself.
I will even show you how to DIY, as I plan to post demonstration videos on our website, taking you through step-by-step how to achieve bakery-quality results. This is all in keeping with my larger vision of providing access for all to delicious, healthy food.
Please watch for our upcoming line of baking mixes, coming in the late-Spring/early-Summer of 2010. I will certainly keep you updated.
In the meantime, stop by the bakery in the next 2 weeks to say goodbye and stock up on your favorite baked goods one last time. We'll try to keep supplies up for this. In addition, I will be sending out an additional email to alert you to last-week liquidation specials.
My deepest thanks for your support and my deepest regrets for any disruption Cooqi's closing may create in your culinary routines. It has been a gratifying and thrilling three-plus years, and we thank everyone who has made Cooqi a part of their life. We are honored to have served the gluten-free community delicious and nutritious fresh baked goods, and to have helped restore the enjoyment of food to people eating gluten-free.
I wish you all good health and good food - and look forward to staying in touch as Cooqi launches anew.
Love and Peace, Judy