Our Story

The Difference Baker is a bakery-bistro certified FREE FROM Gluten, Soy, Peanut, Tree-Nut, Fish and Crustacean in Loudoun County, Virginia. This concept was born out of faith, love, and hope for families dealing with dietary restrictions.  Our mission is to bring Heaven on earth, one bite at a time, to those who deal with food restrictions.  We provide a safe environment for those that suffer with immune diseases, food allergies, and intolerances. Allergen-free food doesn’t have to taste any different! At The Difference Baker we believe that food is medicine, and we are here to serve anyone wanting to build a better life by choosing alternative food options. Our attention to detail and dietary restrictions sets us aside from any other bakery and bistro in all of Virginia!

We provide a safe, fun, and local place where families can come and enjoy delicious baked goods, freshly fried donuts, funnel cakes, quesadillas, and more! In serving our community, we make sure to source local resources and make everything through faith and love through our thoughtfully designed menu. We have classic sweets, baked goods, savory meals, and more! We can’t wait for you to visit our location in Ashburn!

Meet the Owner

Meet Alyssa Sobecki! Along with being a wife and mother of three, Alyssa is the founder and owner of The Difference Baker. With life as her playground, she is a life-long learner and pursuer of new challenges. After working as a business coach and consultant for 4 years, Alyssa felt the Lord guiding her in a new direction, and in 2019, The Difference Baker was born.

Struggling with multiple food concerns and allergens for her whole life, Alyssa became even more aware of the need for allergen-free foods when her sons were also diagnosed with intolerances and life-threatening allergies. As The Difference Baker grew—beginning only with gluten- and peanut-free certifications—Alyssa pushed the limits for more inclusivity and freed the facility from soy, fish, corn, shellfish, sesame and all nuts!

Since TDB’s opening in November of 2019, Alyssa fueled her passion to accommodate more allergens as much as possible, such as dairy and egg, but her mission remains the same: to bring happiness and to serve communities all over America.  Her mission at The Difference Baker remains the same: to bring happiness, serve communities, and bless lives one bite at a time.”

Did you know?

In 1821, the average person ate 10 lbs of sugar in a year, which is less than .5 oz per day. In 2005, the average person ate 20 times that – almost 200 pounds of sugar. Today the average American eats 154 pounds of sugar and 146 pounds of flour.