Bakery with emphasis on gluten-free, organic opens
July 17, 2012By Liz Biro
With the United States being the biggest buyer of gluten-free foods and the market projected to reach $2.6 billion in sales this year, it’s no wonder Wilmington’s newest bakery is touting gluten-free.
Take-out or eat-in is available at Uprising, which also taps into other good-for-you food trends. Local, organic and vegan join the bakery’s gluten-free selections.
“I just did our first vegan, gluten-free shower cake,” Bree Peterson-Resnick said.
The Syracuse, N.Y. native and Cape Fear Community College Culinary School graduate, who operates Uprising with her husband, Scott Resnick, plans a 100 percent organic bakery. She already uses organic sugar and flour; organic dairy products are on the way. The couple taps area growers for produce and has a line on local eggs.
Special-occasion cakes, including wedding tiers, are available along with individual treats such as cupcakes, cookies and scones.
Customers may nibble their sweets with a cup of Raleigh-based Larry’s Beans organic, fair-trade coffee and eventually beer and wine at outdoor tables or inside the curious store.
The Resnicks bill Uprising as “not just a bakery.” Much of the space is devoted to a velvet wing chair foyer and a retail section offering a calming selection of wind chimes, hammocks and organic cotton T-shirts. Locally produced Papa Phil’s tomato sauce is for sale, too, and Peterson-Resnick envisions more homemade stock.
“We want it to be more of a local haunt,” she said.
Uprising’s odd, blue, twin pitched roofs recall the Pure Oil station that once operated there. Peterson-Resnick, who moved to Wilmington with her parents in 1991, grew up admiring the building. She went on to work as a bartender, run her own wedding cake production business and clock time at Sweet & Savory’s bakery, 1611 Pavilion Place.
The former Pure Oil spot, which sits next to the Carolina Place neighborhood, become available about the time Peterson-Resnick thought surrounding houses hosted enough residents to support a bakery.
“This neighborhood has transformed,“ she said. “There are tons of people walking and biking and children.“
Wholesale clients are also welcome, Peterson-Resnick said.
Uprising’s official address is 1701 Wrightsville Ave., but it’s at the end of the old Wrightsville Avenue route at the intersection of 17th and Market streets. Parking is available in the driveway fronting the building or street parking in back. The bakery is open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.