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Browning on Business: Bakery opening in Golden Triangle

 

William Browning

 

 

A locally-owned bakery offering hand-made, hearth-baked breads will open in the Golden Triangle next month. 

 

DeRego's Bread is owned by Troy DeRego, a New Hampshire native who has lived in Starkville for nearly a decade. His bakery will be located at 109 W. Main St., near the new Starkville City Hall. 

 

DeRego, who began offering his breads at the Starkville Community Market about two years ago, told The Dispatch this week that his breads feature slow fermentation to develop flavor and structure. At no point in the process are preservatives or dough conditioners introduced. There is a story about how DeRego baked his first loaf of bread. He was in college. It happened like this: While attending the Rhode Island School of Design, he spent a semester at sea aboard the S.S.V. Corwith Cramer, a research schooner. 

 

"The only way to have fresh bread at sea is to make it yourself," DeRego said. "And I was amazed at how delicious and easy it can be with a bit of planning." 

 

Later, after moving to Starkville and becoming a homeowner, he began baking seriously. 

 

DeRego's Bread's signature item is the Starkville Sourdough, which is leavened with local wild yeast. The bakery will also offer French Country Sourdough, a German-style rye, French baguettes and Portuguese biscuits based on a family recipe that originated in the Azores. 

 

While bread is the focus, the bakery will eventually offer sandwiches and a selection of imported cheeses and olive oils, DeRego said. 

 

The bakery is slated to open May 5. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Breads will come out of the oven throughout each day, DeRego said. 

 

The bakery will employ three people. 

 

Moving on. 

 

Muddy Paws opened Jan. 5 on Highway 45 North. 

 

The dog grooming business is owned by Melissa Vail, who worked for Columbus Pet Grooming for roughly five years before buying the business, renaming it and moving it to its current location. 

 

What does Muddy Paws offer? Hair cuts, baths, sanitary clips, ear cleaning, tooth brushing and more. They accept all breeds and sizes of dogs. (No cats.) You need to schedule an appointment. The number is 662-241-0005. They offer discounts to military, senior citizens and preferred customers. 

 

Muddy Paws -- which is at 708 Hwy. 45 N. -- employs two people. 

 

There is a new watering hole in Lowndes County. 

 

The Headquarters, located on Highway 69 South, opened in February. They offer a variety of cold brews. (No whiskey.) You can also get a plate of hot wings. There are pool tables, TVs to watch sporting events on and a Pacman arcade. Lisa Jones, the manager, said she caters to the 25-and-older crowd. She has two disc jockeys. One plays Monday through Thursday and spins all kinds of music. Another plays rhythm & blues and "old school" tunes on Saturday and Sunday nights. 

 

The Headquarters occupies a 4,000 square foot building. It is open 5:30 p.m. to midnight on Mondays through Wednesdays, and from 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on weekends. 

 

Lastly, Columbus has a new spa opening next week. 

 

Terrance Bonner, a licensed massage therapist, will have a grand opening everyday next week for The Glam Station & Spa, which will be located at 717 Sixth St. N. 

 

What Bonner will offer at the spa is message therapy, skin care, eyelash extensions, teeth whitening, a brow bar, a make-up bar and more. He will also offer educational classes centered around beauty. 

 

The business will employ four people, Bonner said. 

 

On Thursday, April 16, a formal grand opening will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Refreshments and wine will be served. 

 

Browning on Business is a weekly column that runs each Thursday. We want your input. Send items and tips to [email protected] or [email protected]

 

William Browning was managing editor for The Dispatch until June 2016.

 

 

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