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Elgin firm launches app for gluten-free needs

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  • Elgin-based DC Interactive Group, a web design and marketing agency, launched Alex's Gluten Free Spots, a new iPhone app. It was created by the agency's owner, Charles Falls of St. Charles.

      Elgin-based DC Interactive Group, a web design and marketing agency, launched Alex's Gluten Free Spots, a new iPhone app. It was created by the agency's owner, Charles Falls of St. Charles.
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A delayed flight during a family vacation sparked the idea for a new app.

Charles Falls was on his way home and waiting for his plane in Miami with his family. To kill time, they looked for something to eat.

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But his daughter, who has Celiac disease and cannot have any foods made with wheat or even prepared near wheat, had a tough time finding gluten-free offerings using her iPhone.

When he returned home, Falls started to think about how to make it easier for gluten-free dieters to find places to eat that are also free of so-called cross-contamination of wheat in the kitchens. That's when he started developing Alex's Gluten Free Spots app under his Elgin-based DC Interactive Group, a web design and marketing firm.

"We've produced apps before, but I asked my daughter what she would do differently," he said.

The new app is now available for free for about 3 to 6 months in the iTunes Store. Afterward, Falls may charge $1 for a download. An app for Android phone users may come later, Falls said.

You can search nationwide for a restaurant that has gluten-free offerings, add new spots, save your favorites and rate restaurants. Listings will be updated automatically for users, Falls said.

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