When Stephanie Sherman worked as a public school teacher, she noticed that many of her students struggled to find enjoyable food options.
“I used to teach at public schools and saw a lot of children who had gluten intolerance and other allergy issues,” Sherman said. “They were not able to walk into any restaurant and feel safe and enjoy whatever they want."
Sherman is now one of three owners of Savor Eatery and Bakery, a new business that officially opened on Feb. 9 at 110 N. Columbia St.. Sherman said opening Savor has been in the works since late August.
Sherman said her main goal in opening the bakery is for it to be a mindful and safe space for all people.
“Our goal is to provide a mindful dining atmosphere that has health as the number one priority and is sustainably sourced through local vendors,” Sherman said. “We want to have any person come in here and know that it will be a safe environment for them.”
Savor is a gluten-free, diabetic-friendly and keto-friendly bakery and eatery. Sherman received her master’s degree in epidemiology and public health, and she said it's important to provide healthy and enjoyable food options for people with food restrictions.
“We’re not using butter, we’re not using canola oil, we don’t fry things, we don’t use salt,” Sherman said. “My background is in public health, and I really try to make sure that the ingredients are all nutritious and taste good.”
Having gluten-free food options, along with other items, is greatly appreciated by those with food restrictions, like UNC first-year Nicole Schroder.
“I like gluten-free restaurants because they offer a fun way for (gluten-free) people to eat with their friends and hang out,” Schroder said. “A lot of restaurants and bakeries will charge more for gluten-free or dairy-free products, which I think is unfair.”