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Gluten-free options shrink in Dallas with closure of Preston Center bakery

Preston Center bakery closure shrinks Dallas' gluten-free options

Tu-Lu's Gluten-Free Bakery in Dallas
Tu-Lu's Gluten-Free Bakery is closing in Preston Center, but you can get 30 percent off what's left on March 17-18. Photo courtesy of Tu-Lu's Gluten-Free Bakery

It's a gluten-free emergency: The Preston Center branch of Tu-Lu's Gluten-Free Bakery has closed after three years, with two final closeout days on March 17 and 18.

Preston Center was the only branch; the West Village outlet closed quietly in 2014. "We are definitely closed," confirmed co-owner Tully Phillips. "My lease came up this year for renewal, and after having two babies who are 21 months and 4 months old, I wanted to focus more of my attention on them, so I decided not to renew."

Phillips founded the bakery in New York in 2008 after being diagnosed with gluten intolerance. A graduate of SMU, she moved to Dallas to open the Preston Center location in March 2012. The West Village store, which opened in October 2012, is home to a Buda Juice, which opened in June 2014.

Phillips says she may consider setting up a stand at one of the farmers markets around town, but, meanwhile, the Preston Center store is hosting a closeout.

"On Tuesday and Wednesday, we are having a 30 percent off sale for all products at the bakery," she says. "Hours will be 9 am to 3 pm. We still have muffins and loaves, which freeze well. We're also selling mixes for coffee cake, muffins, and chocolate and vanilla cake."