February 9, 2012
Laurie's Gluten-Free Goodness celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Chamber of Schenectady County on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The bakery was located in a smaller space at 5 Ten Broeck St. in Scotia before moving to the new storefront.
The gluten-free bakery is now at 220B Vley Road in Scotia at the former Blair Lumber building, which was renovated into commercial storefronts. It's open from Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Laurie Kielkowski was a stay-at-home mom for a few years before holding various jobs, which included parking enforcement agent, salesperson, dispatcher and assembler for Lirr trains. After she was diagnosed with celiac disease she started to eat gluten-free foods. The disease is a condition damaging the small intestine’s lining and prevents it from absorbing parts of food. The damage results from eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats.
After eating unappealing gluten-free products from health food stores, Kielkowski said she decided to open the bakery. After some experimentation yielding successful results, she said she decided to open Laurie's Gluten-Free Goodness. Both her and her husband, Chet, choose to fill the need for a gluten-free bakery in their hometown.