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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..."




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....."


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.."


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....."


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..."


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...."


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....."


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!..."


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....."


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...."


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)...."


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..."


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!..."

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