Cafe and bakery close after facing inflation, rent and employment issues

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The last day for coffee and walk-in service at Gluten Free Miracles is October 29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — A Lexington bakery and cafe specializing in the needs of people with celiac disease or gluten allergies will close.

Denise Walsh, the owner of Gluten Free Miracles, posted a video on social media telling customers the news that Gluten Free Miracles was closing.

She says many reasons led to the decision, including inflation, rent and employment.

“We offered way more than we ever imagined, and like $15 an hour, whatever, people still won’t show up and work. And so we have this problem, we have our rent going up, 162%, we have problems in our building. And then, you know, we have inflation, the cost of everything is so much more expensive,” Walsh said.

Walsh says the main reason for opening the cafe and bakery was to meet community needs, but also personal needs.

“My son and I and the manager here, we’re so sensitive, just flour in the air, or other flour landing on our produce can make us very sick,” Walsh said.

She adds that after realizing the issues they were facing, it was the harsh reality of shutting down the place that had given her so much.

“We are closing to customers coming in, you can do customer orders for a few more months for the holidays. But we just don’t have enough staff, there are only three of us. It’s the hardest thing to drop something. We think, you know, we can still make it work, but we just don’t know how or when or how,” she also said.

She says demand was too high to provide good customer service due to limited staff, but she is hopeful for the future.

“It’s not necessarily the end, maybe it’ll just be a break for a fresh start,” Walsh added.

The last day for coffee and walk-in service at Gluten Free Miracles is October 29.

For more information on holiday orders, go to their website glutenfreemiracles.com

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