Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery (New Westminster)
There are about a dozen or more reasons why I promote local businesses, and even more so, I love promoting local shops that are in New Westminster (where The Network Hub has their New Westminster campus). But the other element that drew me to promoting Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery was not the fact that they sent me a box of goodies, but the fact that they are focused on gluten-free goodies.
Both my friends Jonny Staub (on-air DJ for The Beat 94.5) and Janni Aragon (professor at University of Victoria) eat gluten-free stuff. My friend LMcT also requires consuming gluten free stuff, as does Justin Long, an entrepreneur at The Network Hub and a friend of mine as well. So, slowly but surely many more of my friends are increasing consumption of gluten-free goodies and thus it’s nice to know that Cloud 9 will carry them.
With everything in his childhood home freshly baked, Ray Porcellato, founder of Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery acquired his love for baking at a young age from his mother Pixie. When he saw the demand for gluten-free products going largely unfulfilled, Ray decided to continue that family tradition and launched a bakery that would create gluten-free baked goods that had the same taste and quality he grew up with.
After creating a specially formulated gluten-free flour, he began to produce a complete range of baked goods and confections that are firstly of the highest standards, and also fulfilled a need for uncompromising gluten-free products.
The goodies I was sent were promptly distributed amongst everyone whom I bumped into at my office at The Network Hub. The one item I kept was the salty pastry (in Spanish we call those hojaldre but I have no clue how to say it in English). The prices (I did check Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery’s prices) are pretty much on-par with any other store/bakery. I found the chocolate biscotti a bit dry but then again, it’s probably the best way because I dip it in my coffee.
Overall, I’ll have to visit Cloud 9 Specialty Baker in New Westminster and I encourage you to do so as well. After all, I’m in New Westminster at least once a week!
Disclosure: I was sent a box of goodies (including cookies, gluten-free flour, biscottis and other small items), but while the box of goodies was free, a review was neither expected nor a positive review, in the case of writing one was expected either. I did not visit the store as the box was mailed to me, so this does not count as a review of the bakery itself. As always, I retain full editorial control of what is published on my site.