The Gluten Free Shop was established in 2007 by Lauren Cooke, operating from a small shop on Cameron Road. The reason behind setting up a gluten free shop was the frustration of not being able to buy gluten free foods locally - back then the range was very limited.
In 2012 the shop was moved to bigger premises and began to carry more allergy friendly foods other than just gluten free product. Lauren, a coeliac herself, loves to help people sort out which foods suit them so they can live a healthy life. The shop has a great client base of very supportive customers, and many friendships have been formed over the years. The online shop has allowed people from all over New Zealand to easily purchase gluten and allergy free food.