When Sinless Sweets owner Maggy Pickner was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome in 2021 and turned to a gluten-free and dairy-free lifestyle, she knew she’d have to find a new way to enjoy her favorite desserts.
She and one of her sisters, who is also gluten- and dairy-free, started brainstorming with recipes.
“We both have such a sweet tooth and it was hard to find anything we could have,” Maggy Pickner said.
After coming up with recipes and sharing them with family, Pickner was encouraged to start her own business. She posted about her “Sinless Sweets” on Facebook and had immediate interest.
Now, Sinless Sweets is getting a storefront at The Bridges at 57th in Sioux Falls. Having a storefront will allow Pickner to take larger orders, as she has been limited by her apartment’s small kitchen.
The 20-year-old has spent her whole life baking, often with her aunt and one of her other sisters, Logan Gran, who owns a cookie decorating business. Another one of their aunts also owns a bakery.
“(Baking) runs in the family,” Pickner said.
Mastering her “sinless” creations, however, took a lot of effort, she said, and it took awhile to adapt to the alternative ingredients.
“Sinless” in this case doesn’t mean sugar-free, but it does cater to those who are vegan and/or gluten-free, whether that is for health reasons or to be more environmentally conscious.
“There is a lot of work that goes into making gluten-free and vegan products,” she said. “Being able to share these recipes I have with other people is super important.”
Pickner said there aren’t many places that offer both vegan and gluten-free treats, so she wants her business to be a place where peoples’ dietary needs are met and anticipated.
Pickner is also expanding her bakery business into a bistro, which will have both indoor and patio seating. She will still sell baked goods and custom cakes, but the new menu will include hot meals as well as salads and sandwiches to-go.
“I’m hoping for a chill place that people can come and eat lunch or dinner at and hang out,” Pickner said.
She said the business will also serve coffee and offer free Wi-Fi for people who want to do their work at the bistro.
“It makes me happy to help people and to provide everybody with a treat no matter what dietary restrictions they have,” she said.
This article originally appeared on Sioux Falls Argus Leader: Sinless Sweets gluten-free, vegan bakery to open in Sioux Falls