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Lennox and Addington Italian Comfort

Ontario East

Italian Comfort food, a solid business idea and a great location in Eastern Ontario are the key ingredients for a successful bakery

Rita Palumbo recognized a great opportunity when she saw it. Her Italian heritage brought back memories of childhood comfort foods, but a health condition meant she had to create gluten free recipes.

“When I saw the expansion of the gluten free market, that’s when it occurred to me to connect my gluten free recipes with a business idea.”

The result is Zia Rita’s Gluten Free Bakery in Bath, Lennox & Addington County. She chose Bath because it is on a tourist route, and also because it is central to many business areas.

“I think collaboration with other businesses is so important.”

That collaboration includes a bistro across the street as well as a new coffee shop in Amherstview.

Zia Rita’s Gluten Free Bakery is part of the Food and Beverage Region developed by four Ontario East municipal economic development offices; Hastings County, Prince Edward County, Lennox & Addington County and the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation.

For more information about Zia Rita’s Gluten Free Bakery, please visit their website.

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