2B Whole puts a spin on the average bakery

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Owner Toula Argentis.
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Pineapple Upside Down Mini Bundts and a Lemon Bar.
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Banana Chocolate Chip Bread and Sunrise Bread.
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One of the most popular items is the Derby Bar.
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By Paige Roman
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2B Whole, 42 Milton Ave. in Alpharetta, is a gluten-free, soy-free, casein-free and mostly dairy-free bakery. They opened in October 2014 and business has been very good, according to manager Karen Morabito. She said many people come in for the first time because they are simply curious, but after trying the array of different foods the bakery offers, they start really watching what they eat. 

“A larger number of customers who come in don’t necessarily have food allergies, they just find it an added benefit to eat at a bakery that is gluten-free,” Morabito said. Owner Toula Argentis opened 2B Whole after working in Kennesaw for three years in a shared kitchen. Her passion for baking spans 20-plus years, and her goal had always been to open a bakery of her own.

Argentis and one of her sons have serious food allergies and, because of that, she was inspired to open a bakery that had a twist on the ingredients used in the foods. She began experimenting with different gluten-free products in order to provide her family with great-tasting food and desserts that were gluten-free and, in some cases, dairy- and sugar-free.

2B whole serves an array of sweet, paleo and vegan items, a savory line with lunches including sandwiches, pizzas and calzones. They are now serving chicken and waffles and biscuits on the weekends.

They use non-GMO ingredients that are all organic and use all-natural dyes as well. A proprietary dough mix of rice flour, tapioca starch, cornstarch, potato starch, potato flour and arrowroot is what 2B Whole uses instead of wheat flour. No preservatives or additives are ever added to their products.

2B Whole has a selection of items that barely stay on the shelves, but Morabito said the specialty item or “best seller” would have to be a tie between the samoa bars and the derby bars.

Argentis plans to keep the bakery at the Milton Avenue location and expansions to the facility are planned over the next few weeks. With 2B Whole growing, Morabito said they are excited and eager to see business pick up even more after the expansions are complete.

The hours at 2B Whole have recently changed. Open for business Monday through Saturday, the hours Monday through Wednesday are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Thursdays, people attending Food Truck Alley can stop in and check out the bakery until 9 p.m. Saturday hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Some of 2B Whole’s products also are available at the Alpharetta Farmers’ Market Saturdays from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.■

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