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Community Highlights: Meet Allison Lahrman of Bite Club Baked Goods

Today we’d like to introduce you to Allison Lahrman. 

Hi Allison, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I started baking like so many others, during the first round of COVID-19 quarantine. I began baking vegan treats and sharing them with my coworkers and bosses, Nick and Ashley, at Graze. When the Baker position opened up, they asked if I was interested in giving it a try, so I took the opportunity and ran with it. Nick and Ashley have been so encouraging and crucial to success of Bite Club Baked Goods. Through trial and error, the last year has led me away from just making treats for friends to baking wholesale desserts and custom treats for the entire Nashville vegan community. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Unfortunately, I don’t think any business begins without hitting a snag or two. It’s difficult to find a commercial kitchen space in Nashville that’s both affordable and functional. Something I think people forget is that usually there’s just one of us. One of us working every day to make the goods for you, respond to messages, emails, and remember to post on social media. The constant struggle is time. Just learning to manage your time well and knowing what to make a priority and when to take a break! 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I am a 100% Vegan Baker (down to the sprinkles) in Nashville, TN. I specialize in vegan pastry and my most popular items seem to always be Vegan Pop Tarts (for good reason). I am different from other bakeries because I can very easily work with those with serious food allergies. All of my treats are vegan (dairy and egg-free) and can easily be made to accommodate gluten, soy, nut, and potato allergies! I would love for people to know that the mission of my bakery is to make cruelty-free options accessible and delicious for everyone. 

Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
Most of the podcasts I listen to are True Crime, but any good storytelling helps me focus while I work! 

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