February 18, 2021 10:26:32 AM
A little less than a year ago, Hunter Bell was preparing to debut his food truck in Starkville.
As of last week, the Mom and Pop Food Truck expanded and opened its bakery in the former Biscuit Shop at 104 S. Washington St.
"The food truck has been getting booked for most events," Bell said. "That's what inspired us to open up our space so we could still cater to our community."
The Mom and Pop bakery will be open 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The bakery will serve breakfast items, quiches, salads, casseroles to-go and a slew of bakery items.
Bell added since the food truck has been booked for several events, he hopes that having the brick and mortar shop will give potential customers a good idea of their catering services.
"We also want to utilize the store to display our catering menu and options," Bell said. "We've got rental items for weddings, and different packages, so that's something we are looking forward to marketing soon."
Bell added that catering venues and special events have been a continued priority for Mom and Pop.
"It's such a fun way to connect with community members in different environments," Bell said. "... We just want the shop and truck to be a part of special events or occasions of people's lives. We care so much about this community and we are in such strange times right now, but we are always striving to make relationships and innovating new ways to do that."
Be sure to keep up with Bell and the Mom and Pop Food Truck and Bakery on social media.
Starkville good news continues.
Big Dawgs Barbecue, 804 Old West Point Road, is officially still open.
Big Dawgs owner Yulanda Haddix previously announced the barbecue/convenience store's closure last year when her husband, former Mississippi State and NFL running back Michael, had surgery.
Initially, Michael's health was the sole reason for the year-end closure in December 2020, but it became pretty clear that he may be the reason its open light is still shining.
"When he's there at the store," Yulanda said, "he's relaxed."
The Haddix duo is happy to keep their doors open and continue to be that quick stop for area residents near Old West Point Road.
I know this week's weather has been insane, so this next part is honestly up in the air.
The Haddix's hope to host their first Culture Festival this weekend. Big Dawgs will be hosting a Black History Month Celebration with the community Friday through Sunday.
The couple is inviting Black-owned businesses to set up at Big Dawgs for free 7 a.m.-7 p.m. this weekend.
There will be clothes giveaways, food giveaways and voter registration forms. Interested business vendors, please reach out to Yulanda at [email protected] for more information.
Also, remember participating vendors must bring their own set-up supplies, and patrons are asked to practice continued social distancing throughout the celebration.
"Our goal is to educate and celebrate with our local and surrounding communities Black History facts, legends and contributions to our communities," Yulanda said. "(We want to) share our favorite dishes. We want to invite all families and friends to enjoy a weekend of Cultural Awareness and fun."
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