The Flying Apron began its journey in the University District of Seattle in 2002 and moved to the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle in 2007. Our story begins with a small retail location employing nine people in Fremont, serving locals, tourists and the community at large with delicious sweet and savory goods. Feeling ambitious, in mid-2010 we began wholesaling our sweets to local coffee shops, restaurants and specialty markets in an effort to spread gluten-free and vegan goodness across the greater Seattle area. Next, we determined the eastside needed some GF love so we opened an additional retail café near Redmond Town Center in May, 2011.
Today we employ around 30 people, have two retail locations, a commercial kitchen, and wholesale our products to over 150 different locations providing options for people across the greater Seattle region north of Everett, south to Tacoma, east to Issaquah and across the water in Kitsap County.
Inspired each day by our customers in search of tasty treats and delicious alternatives, we feel this market is still under-served. We don’t want to emphasize living “without” because we feel we’ve created and continue to be motivated by the incredibly delicious and more often superior products we produce daily in comparison to the wheat-dependent world we live in today.
It’s not hard to bake gluten-free or vegan, but the combination can be tricky and requires tenacity, creativity and more often than not, simplicity, to make sure that what you make is wholesome, delicious and delightful to eat. We continue to spend hundreds of man hours annually in product development; we test-flight and get customer feedback for all new offerings before considering them available for sale and regularly review and include feedback in existing product development and quality efforts.
We’re excited to be here, think we’re doing justice to the gluten-free and vegan population and hope to be here for years to come. We firmly believe at the Flying Apron, that it’s not about what you can’t eat! We’re paving the way for gluten-free and vegan goodies that everyone craves!