Yesterday we held a ribbon cutting with the Greater Starkville Development Partnership. It was more moving to me than I expected. I have been dreaming of this for so long I have to remind myself that the dream is now reality! Everyday, this formerly empty building looks and smells more and more like a bakery. We have worked very hard this summer, listening and learning from all of our customers in order to add new products and to figure out how to get bread on the shelf at the right times. Now the fall is upon us and everyone is returning to Starkville. We are ready to get to work!
We are taking a few days this week to work on our todo list and tie up some loose ends. On Friday the 14th we will re-open for business. Of course, this is simply the beginning and we will continue to grow and evolve, but we are very excited to be here to server artisan bread, pastry, sandwiches, and pizza to our community.
I want to take a moment to thank some of the people and organizations that have helped me get this far. This is by no means a complete list, I don’t mean to leave anyone out. First, I want to say that the offices of the City of Starkville, from the Building Department to the Fire Marshall to the Oktibbeha County Health Department to the Sanitation Department and everyone else I have had to deal with in, have all gone above-and-beyond in order to help me get up and running on time. Starting a business is a daunting task and knowing that your city wants to help you is a great feeling. It is not like this everywhere. I have heard horror stories from many other bakers in other cities, so I am grateful that I live in here!
Next, I want to thank all of the local businesses that have been so supportive. I love being part of the business community here in Starkville. I truly feel like I am among friends and neighbors that will be there whenever a need arises. I am especially grateful to City Bagel, Restaurant Tyler, The Biscuit Shop, and Commodore Bob’s.
Mostly, I must thank all of my customers. Your support has allowed this dream to come to life. I am thrilled to be able to be your baker and I am looking forward to wherever this takes us. Now it is time to get to work. Come see me at 109 W Main Street, right next to the new Starkville City Hall, and try some bread!