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Meal House: Peppermint Hot Cocoa Brownie Bites 


"We're talking about highlighting a local business which we love to do here in Connecticut. This is the company: Bare Life Hot Chocolate. Gluten free, dairy free, non-gmo, organic, basically no bad stuff..."


 

CT LIVE!: Hot Cocoa Peanut Butter Protein Bites


"Founder and CEO of Bare Life Ali Lazowski showed us how to make this healthy but delicious snack..."


Hartford A Hotbed for Female Entrepreneurs 


"Founder and CEO. of the Hartford-based company Bare Life, Ali Lazowski, says this was the perfect place to start her business. 'I was looking into where would be the best place, and Connecticut was top of the list. And it was so easy because I was there,' said Lazowski..."


Meal House: Peppermint Hot Cocoa Brownie Bites


"We're talking about highlighting a local business which we love to do here in Connecticut. This is the company: Bare Life Hot Chocolate. Gluten free, dairy free, non-gmo, organic, basically no bad stuff..."



CT LIVE!: Hot Cocoa Peanut Butter Protein Bites


"Founder and CEO of Bare Life Ali Lazowski showed us how to make this healthy but delicious snack..."



Hartford A Hotbed for Female Entrepreneurs


"Founder and CEO. of the Hartford-based company Bare Life, Ali Lazowski, says this was the perfect place to start her business. 'I was looking into where would be the best place, and Connecticut was top of the list....'"


Hot Chocolate That's Actually Good for You


"A young entrepreneur came up with a recipe for a warm drink that's good for you. She's the founder of Bare Life, a business dedicated to using allergy friendly foods..."




WorkinCT #CTConfident: West Hartford Entrepreneur Creates Allergen Friendly Hot Chocolate


"When she shared her creation with family and friends, they told her to sell it. In the fall of 2017, she created Bare Life and started a crowdfunding campaign..."


CT Entrepreneur Award Finalist, Now on Amazon


"The new year is off to a great start for a rapidly growing local entrepreneurial business. Bare Life Coconut Hot Cocoa Mix is having a hot winter, with new retail locations, new recognition, and new milestones achieved - as the popularity of the signature hot cocoa mix continues to accelerate..."


West Hartford Woman Who Overcame Illness Expands Allergen Friendly Hot Chocolate Business


"During her recovery, while trying to find a spark of joy between doctor's appointments, Lazowski began working on an allergen friendly hot chocolate recipe she could enjoy. That's the beginning of Bare Life, Lazowski's company that has continue to grow in the 15 months since its inception..."


We Talk About Entrepreneurship and Dealing with Chronic Illness with Ali Lazowski of Bare Life


"Ali Lazowski, the founder of Bare Life, joins Rachael and Hillary on the Fempire podcast to talk about building her business and how it was sparked by her chronic illness. Find her at @eatbarelife.


West Hartford Allergen Friendly Food Start-up Adds Locations


"Interest in Bare Life continues to grow with several new and exciting updates and events for the West Hartford start-up. Founder Ali Lazowski and her team will be hitting the road this fall for two out-of-state allergen-friendly food festivals, and Bare Life products are now available in two additional Connecticut locations..."

West Hartford Business Earns Regional Award, Will Appear in Lifetime Channel Christmas Movie


"It's already been a busy December for growing West Hartford-based business. Bare Life and its founder, Ali Lazowski, have received recognition for their popular gluten-free & dairy free coconut hot cocoa, and this weekend Bare Life will be seen in a Lifetime channel Christmas movie "Rediscovering Christmas..."

Ali Lazowski Builds a Business in Connecticut


"Connecticut native Ali Lazowski went to school in Baltimore and then lived in New York City for several years while battling several chronic illnesses. During that time, she learned two vital things about herself: She wanted to create an allergen-free food product and she wanted to create a company to produce that product in Connecticut..."


Best Allergen Friendly Cocoa Mix - North East USA


"Bare Life was inspired by our founder; Ali Lazowski's journey with cancer, Lyme disease and chronic illness. Ali was experiencing constant exhaustion, migraines, joint aches and extreme pain when eating. The few foods she found that worked for her lifestyle didn't taste good not fit all of her dietary needs..."


40 Under 40: The Class of 2019


"Simultaneous battles with cancer and Lyme disease inspired Lazowski to truly explore her love of food and launch Bare Life, an allergen-friendly food startup. The coconut hot cocoa mix came first -- organic, Kosher, vegan, gluten free, paleo, and made in Connecticut. Lazowski says Bare Life provides opportunities to expand her involvement in the local community; she regularly speaks with students and community groups about being a young entrepreneur..."



West Hartford Woman Creates Allergen Friendly Hot Chocolate 


"There was a time when Bare Life founder Ali Lazowski almost always felt sick. The West Hartford resident was used to getting stomachaches and for a time, considered it to be normal. “I was always kind of sick with stomach issues. I just ignored it," Lazowski, 27, said. “If you grow up with it your whole life, you don’t think it’s weird.” She had to stop ignoring it in college when she fell so ill that she had to go to the emergency room..."

Allergen Friendly Food Start-up Adds Woodbury, Middletown


"This summer, Bare Life has added two new locations where consumers can find and buy the delicious product: New Morning Market in Woodbury and Klekolo World Coffee in Middletown..."


40 Under Forty 2018: Ali Lazowski


"Ali Lazowski founded Bare Life, an allergen and irritant-friendly food startup, which launched with a crowdfunding campaign last fall. Lazowski attended culinary school in Italy before starting college at Johns Hopkins University. She has always been passionate about food, but it was her simultaneous battles with cancer and Lyme disease that inspired her to truly explore her love of food and launch a business...."



Hartford Boasts Above-Average Share Of Startups Founded By Women, Study Finds 


"Ali Lazowski decided to skip pitching to investors altogether when she sought funding for Bare Life, her startup producing allergen-free foods and recipes for people like her, suffering from chronic illnesses that cause dietary restrictions.The West Hartford native turned to crowdfunding to raise money for the launch of her first product, a hot chocolate mix that’s organic, non-GMO, kosher and free of dairy, gluten, refined sugar, yeast, egg yolk and xantham gum....."


Bare Life’s Vegan Coconut Hot Cocoa Mix


"Are you gluten free and also sensitive to dairy? Listen up, because we’ve found your favorite hot cocoa. Bare Life Coconut Hot Cocoa Mix is free from gluten, dairy, GMO’s and refined sugar, as well as vegan, paleo and kosher. It’s got only 5 ingredients (includes coconut but no peanuts or other tree nuts), and it’s legit delicious. You can even use it in recipes!...."


Entrepreneur Of The Day: Ali Lazowski Is Giving Those With Food Restrictions Options A Bare Life


"Ali Lazowski is one of the millions of people living with food restrictions. She knows the challenges of finding variety and supplements for old food favorites, so she did something about it. Her new startup, Bare Life, is changing the way those with restrictions eat, and she's starting with a classic treat, Hot Cocoa....."


Episode no. 15: Experience We-Ha Podcast with Ali Lazowski - Bare Life


"In the midst of the holiday season, what better time to talk hot chocolate!?! In this episode of the Experience We-Ha Podcast, Jeff and Ryan chat with West Hartford resident Ali Lazowski, Founder and CEO of Bare Life....Ali discusses her journey through chronic illness and how she turned that into a successful startup business. Ali shares her inspirations, how she leveraged crowdfunding, her obstacles as a business owner and entrepreneur and, of course her favorite We-Ha restaurants....."


Entrepreneurs Heart Greater Hartford–Bare Life


"This blog series, posted in partnership between HYPE and reSET, offers a platform to showcase the commitment that Hartford entrepreneurs have for their work and this city. It examines how entrepreneurs have chosen their work, and provides examples of the ways in which they are having an impact in Hartford. In this edition, we interviewed Ali Lazowski, founder of Bare Life, which creates allergen and irritant friendly foods inspired by her ongoing journey with chronic illnesses...."


Winners of reSET’s 2018 Venture Showcase Revealed


"(HARTFORD, CONN., MAY 11, 2018) – reSET, the Social Enterprise Trust (www.reSETCo.org), whose mission is advancing the social enterprise sector and supporting entrepreneurs of all stripes, revealed the winners of its 2018 Venture Showcase last night at the YG Club at Dunkin’ Donuts Park to a sellout crowd of 225.The annual event recognizes the talented entrepreneurs and innovative businesses that have just graduated from reSET’s nationally recognized accelerator.."


She Means Business and She's Got the Money


"Two successful, CT based female CEO’s, Ashley Stone and Ali Lazowski, who have been through the process of raising funds– and know the right questions to ask interview Dr. Susan Coleman. Dr. Coleman is professor of finance at the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business..."


Full Potential Podcast - Episode 8 - Ali Lazowski


"In Episode 8, we sit down with Ali Lazowski, the founder of Bare Life, a crave-worthy food company headquartered in Connecticut. Ali shares her career journey with us and explains how her health pushed her to embrace healthy food and start her company. It is an inspirational story and will hopefully help people understand how to reach their Full Potential!..."


West Hartford Life Business Notes


"West Hartford startup BareLife announced its first product is an instant cocoa that is organic,non-GMO, dairy free, gluten free,refined sugar free, kosher, paleo and vegan. The product debuted for retail sales on October 6 at Essential Health in Elmwood..."


Food and Beverage Startup for Healthy Eating


"Ali Lazowski is Founder of West Hartford-based Bare Life, which is one of many startups participating in the 2018 reSET Impact Accelerator. The program is designed for entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development.Ali discussed some of her startup challenges and her experience with the accelerator....."


West Hartford Start-Up: Healthy and Convenient Foods and Beverages


"When and why did you start your company? 


ALI LAZOWSKI: "Cancer and chronic illness actually started Bare Life, not quite the typical startup plan. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2012 as well as Lyme Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I had been very ill for a while. Those diagnoses pushed me to adopt cleaner and healthier diet (gluten free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and organic)...."


Bare Life


"What Does Your Business Do?: 


We are a crave-worthy and allergen friendly food company. Our first treat is a coconut hot cocoa mix that's dairy free, gluten free, vegan, organic, kosher, paleo and made in Connecticut. 


What Inspired You to Start Your Business?"


My journey with chronic illnesses, cancer and Lyme disease inspired me to create Bare Life..."

Connecticut-Grown Businesses Lead Stand-out Cohort of Entrepreneurial Start-Ups


"The third-place entrepreneurial business was Bare Life, launching a line of crave-worthy food products with the world’s first Organic, Vegan, Paleo, Non-GMO, Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Refined Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Powder. Founded by local resident Ali Lazowski, who was put on a very restricted diet due to numerous medical conditions and learned first-hand how scarce allergen and irritant-free foods are. So, she set out to create them. Bare Life’s mission is to make these allergen and irritant friendly foods and recipes convenient for everyone, especially the chronically ill...."

West Hartford Business Buzz: July 15, 2019


"Let the Recipes Begin! Bare Life will be releasing new hot cocoa mix dessert/snack recipes every Friday this summer the company stated in a news release. Bare Life, a local start-up which has produced an innovative coconut hot chocolate that is organic, non-GMO, dairy free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, kosher, paleo, and vegan - is the key ingredient in a dazzling array of dessert recipes being released every Friday throughout the summer..."


Small Business, Big Impact


"Ali's individual story is amazing, but it doesn't end there. She has expanded her team to include intern Hayley Bryant. Hayley began working with nonprofit and startup businesses in Hartford through a program called reSET, which assists entrepreneurial start-ups. One of the fledging companies she encountered was Bare Life. Quickly, Hayley realized she had found a company that aligned with her passion for nutrition and agriculture..."





Hot Chocolate That's Actually Good for You


"A young entrepreneur came up with a recipe for a warm drink that's good for you. She's the founder of Bare Life, a business dedicated to using allergy friendly foods..."


WorkinCT #CTConfident: West Hartford Entrepreneur Creates Allergen Friendly Hot Chocolate 


"When she shared her creation with family and friends, they told her to sell it. In the fall of 2017, she created Bare Life and started a crowdfunding campaign..."

CT Entrepreneur Award Finalist, Now on Amazon 


"The new year is off to a great start for a rapidly growing local entrepreneurial business. Bare Life Coconut Hot Cocoa Mix is having a hot winter, with new retail locations, new recognition, and new milestones achieved - as the popularity of the signature hot cocoa mix continues to accelerate..."

We Talk About Entrepreneurship and Dealing with Chronic Illness with Ali Lazowski of Bare Life


"Ali Lazowski, the founder of Bare Life, joins Rachael and Hillary on the Fempire podcast to talk about building her business and how it was sparked by her chronic illness. Find her at @eatbarelife."

West Hartford Woman Who Overcame Illness Expands Allergen Friendly Hot Chocolate Business


 "During her recovery, while trying to find a spark of joy between doctor's appointments, Lazowski began working on an allergen friendly hot chocolate recipe she could enjoy. That's the beginning of Bare Life, Lazowski's company that has continue to grow in the 15 months since its inception..."

West Hartford Allergen Friendly Food Start-up Adds Locations 


"Interest in Bare Life continues to grow with several new and exciting updates and events for the West Hartford start-up. Founder Ali Lazowski and her team will be hitting the road this fall for two out-of-state allergen-friendly food festivals, and Bare Life products are now available in two additional Connecticut locations..."


West Hartford Business Earns Regional Award, Will Appear in Lifetime Channel Christmas Movie 


"It's already been a busy December for growing West Hartford-based business. Bare Life and its founder, Ali Lazowski, have received recognition for their popular gluten-free & dairy free coconut hot cocoa, and this weekend Bare Life will be seen in a Lifetime channel Christmas movie "Rediscovering Christmas..."

Ali Lazowski Builds a Business in Connecticut


"Connecticut native Ali Lazowski went to school in Baltimore and then lived in New York City for several years while battling several chronic illnesses. During that time, she learned two vital things about herself: She wanted to create an allergen-free food product and she wanted to create a company to produce that product in Connecticut..."

Best Allergen Friendly Cocoa Mix - North East USA


"Bare Life was inspired by our founder; Ali Lazowski's journey with cancer, Lyme disease and chronic illness. Ali was experiencing constant exhaustion, migraines, joint aches and extreme pain when eating. The few foods she found that worked for her lifestyle didn't taste good not fit all of her dietary needs..."

Allergen Friendly Food Start-up Adds Woodbury, Middletown


"This summer, Bare Life has added two new locations where consumers can find and buy the delicious product: New Morning Market in Woodbury and Klekolo World Coffee in Middletown..."

West Hartford Woman Creates Allergen Friendly Hot Chocolate


 "There was a time when Bare Life founder Ali Lazowski almost always felt sick.The West Hartford resident was used to getting stomachaches and for a time, considered it to be normal.“I was always kind of sick with stomach issues. I just ignored it," Lazowski, 27, said. “If you grow up with it your whole life, you don’t think it’s weird.”She had to stop ignoring it in college when she fell so ill that she had to go to the emergency room..."

Bare Life’s Vegan Coconut Hot Cocoa Mix


"Are you gluten free and also sensitive to dairy? Listen up, because we’ve found your favorite hot cocoa. Bare Life Coconut Hot Cocoa Mix is free from gluten, dairy, GMO’s and refined sugar, as well as vegan, paleo and kosher. It’s got only 5 ingredients (includes coconut but no peanuts or other tree nuts), and it’s legit delicious. You can even use it in recipes!...."

40 Under Forty 2018: Ali Lazowski


"Ali Lazowski founded Bare Life, an allergen and irritant-friendly food startup, which launched with a crowdfunding campaign last fall. Lazowski attended culinary school in Italy before starting college at Johns Hopkins University. She has always been passionate about food, but it was her simultaneous battles with cancer and Lyme disease that inspired her to truly explore her love of food and launch a business...."

Hartford Boasts Above-Average Share Of Startups Founded By Women, Study Finds


"Ali Lazowski decided to skip pitching to investors altogether when she sought funding for Bare Life, her startup producing allergen-free foods and recipes for people like her, suffering from chronic illnesses that cause dietary restrictions.The West Hartford native turned to crowdfunding to raise money for the launch of her first product, a hot chocolate mix that’s organic, non-GMO, kosher and free of dairy, gluten, refined sugar, yeast, egg yolk and xantham gum....."

Entrepreneur Of The Day: Ali Lazowski Is Giving Those With Food Restrictions Options A Bare Life


"Ali Lazowski is one of the millions of people living with food restrictions. She knows the challenges of finding variety and supplements for old food favorites, so she did something about it. Her new startup, Bare Life, is changing the way those with restrictions eat, and she's starting with a classic treat, Hot Cocoa....."

Episode no. 15: Experience We-Ha Podcast with Ali Lazowski - Bare Life


"In the midst of the holiday season, what better time to talk hot chocolate!?! In this episode of the Experience We-Ha Podcast, Jeff and Ryan chat with West Hartford resident Ali Lazowski, Founder and CEO of Bare Life....Ali discusses her journey through chronic illness and how she turned that into a successful startup business. Ali shares her inspirations, how she leveraged crowdfunding, her obstacles as a business owner and entrepreneur and, of course her favorite We-Ha restaurants....."

She Means Business and She's Got the Money


"Two successful, CT based female CEO’s, Ashley Stone and Ali Lazowski, who have been through the process of raising funds– and know the right questions to ask interview Dr. Susan Coleman. Dr. Coleman is professor of finance at the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business..."


West Hartford Start-Up: Healthy and Convenient Foods and Beverages


"When and why did you start your company? 


ALI LAZOWSKI: Cancer and chronic illness actually started Bare Life, not quite the typical startup plan. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2012 as well as Lyme Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I had been very ill for a while. Those diagnoses pushed me to adopt cleaner and healthier diet (gluten free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and organic)...."


Entrepreneurs Heart Greater Hartford–Bare Life


"This blog series, posted in partnership between HYPE and reSET, offers a platform to showcase the commitment that Hartford entrepreneurs have for their work and this city. It examines how entrepreneurs have chosen their work, and provides examples of the ways in which they are having an impact in Hartford. In this edition, we interviewed Ali Lazowski, founder of Bare Life, which creates allergen and irritant friendly foods inspired by her ongoing journey with chronic illnesses...."


Winners of reSET’s 2018 Venture Showcase Revealed


"(HARTFORD, CONN., MAY 11, 2018) – reSET, the Social Enterprise Trust (www.reSETCo.org), whose mission is advancing the social enterprise sector and supporting entrepreneurs of all stripes, revealed the winners of its 2018 Venture Showcase last night at the YG Club at Dunkin’ Donuts Park to a sellout crowd of 225.The annual event recognizes the talented entrepreneurs and innovative businesses that have just graduated from reSET’s nationally recognized accelerator.."


Food and Beverage Startup for Healthy Eating


"Ali Lazowski is Founder of West Hartford-based Bare Life, which is one of many startups participating in the 2018 reSET Impact Accelerator. The program is designed for entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development.Ali discussed some of her startup challenges and her experience with the accelerator....."


West Hartford Life Business Notes


"West Hartford startup BareLife announced its first product isan instant cocoa that is organic,non-GMO, dairy free, gluten free,refined sugar free, kosher, paleoand vegan. The product debutedfor retail sales on October 6 atEssential Health in Elmwood..."

Connecticut-Grown Businesses Lead Stand-out Cohort of Entrepreneurial Start-Ups


"The third-place entrepreneurial business was Bare Life, launching a line of crave-worthy food products with the world’s first Organic, Vegan, Paleo, Non-GMO, Dairy Free, Gluten Free and Refined Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Powder. Founded by local resident Ali Lazowski, who was put on a very restricted diet due to numerous medical conditions and learned first-hand how scarce allergen and irritant-free foods are. So, she set out to create them. Bare Life’s mission is to make these allergen and irritant friendly foods and recipes convenient for everyone, especially the chronically ill...."


Full Potential Podcast - Episode 8 - Ali Lazowski


"In Episode 8, we sit down with Ali Lazowski, the founder of Bare Life, a crave-worthy food company headquartered in Connecticut. Ali shares her career journey with us and explains how her health pushed her to embrace healthy food and start her company. It is an inspirational story and will hopefully help people understand how to reach their Full Potential!..."


Small Business, Big Impact


"Ali's individual story is amazing, but it doesn't end there. She has expanded her team to include intern Hayley Bryant. Hayley began working with nonprofit and startup businesses in Hartford through a program called reSET, which assists entrepreneurial start-ups. One of the fledging companies she encountered was Bare Life. Quickly, Hayley realized she had found a company that aligned with her passion for nutrition and agriculture..."


Bare Life 


"What Does Your Business Do?: 


We are a crave-worthy and allergen friendly food company. Our first treat is a coconut hot cocoa mix that's dairy free, gluten free, vegan, organic, kosher, paleo and made in Connecticut. 


What Inspired You to Start Your Business?" 


My journey with chronic illnesses, cancer and Lyme disease inspired me to create Bare Life..."


40 Under 40: The Class of 2019


"Simultaneous battles with cancer and Lyme disease inspired Lazowski to truly explore her love of food and launch Bare Life, an allergen-friendly food startup. The coconut hot cocoa mix came first -- organic, Kosher, vegan, gluten free, paleo, and made in Connecticut. Lazowski says Bare Life provides opportunities to expand her involvement in the local community..."

West Hartford Business Buzz: July 15, 2019 


 "Let the Recipes Begin! Bare Life will be releasing new hot cocoa mix dessert/snack recipes every Friday this summer the company stated in a news release. Bare Life, a local start-up which has produced an innovative coconut hot chocolate that is organic, non-GMO, dairy free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, kosher, paleo, and vegan - is the key ingredient in a dazzling array of dessert recipes being released every Friday throughout the summer..."


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