Jaclyn Dunkerton says she owes her job at Starkville Vitamin to an unlikely supply.
When Dunkerton got here to the Russell Avenue enterprise for an interview after beginning faculty at Mississippi State College within the fall 2018 semester, she listed her previous jobs for proprietor Wendy Taylor. One in all them — a summer time gig at a seafood restaurant referred to as Cheesy Jack’s in Gulf Shores, Alabama — caught in Taylor’s thoughts.
“She was like, ‘I’m going to rent the woman who labored at Cheesy Jack’s,’” Dunkerton mentioned.
Via that, if nothing else, Dunkerton acquired the job. She was considered one of 4 staff who all began collectively shortly after the enterprise opened in August 2018 and who, in time, turned shut buddies. Dunkerton’s three coworkers have been all a part of her marriage ceremony in July 2020.
“They have been simply form of studying, too,” Dunkerton mentioned of her first days on the job. “That was in all probability the smartest factor: that all of us acquired to be taught collectively.”
Now, she’s the “final one standing” of the 4 at Starkville Vitamin — almost three years after she began.
“I’ve been right here the entire time that they’ve been open, so I’ve been capable of assist form of develop this with them, which has been tremendous enjoyable,” Dunkerton mentioned.
Dunkerton was named a supervisor a yr into her tenure and is at the moment closely concerned within the day-to-day operations of the enterprise. She handles a wide range of issues, together with ordering, stocking and organizing profit days for the neighborhood.
Starkville Vitamin makes a speciality of low-carb, low-sugar protein shakes and zero-sugar, 24-calorie loaded teas in addition to serving specialty drinks which might be basically mixtures of the 2. Dunkerton mentioned new clients who are available and take a look at the concoctions usually marvel what they’ve been lacking out on.
“I’ve so many individuals who are available they usually have been massive espresso drinkers, after which they begin consuming these they usually don’t really feel as weighed down,” she mentioned. “It has pure issues to assist your thoughts focus. It’s simply pure clear power that actually makes an enormous distinction in folks in comparison with espresso or Pink Bull or stuff like that.”
Normally, those that like what they get from Starkville Vitamin come again at the very least a couple of times per week.
That’s simply what Dunkerton needs to see, she mentioned.
“I like how folks actually do see a change and see little issues you are able to do to your physique and care for it,” she mentioned. “It’s good each time they really feel comfy with us. They like seeing our smiling faces once they are available. We form of assist encourage them to need to care for their our bodies and to only be the healthiest you doable.”
Dunkerton is aware of all about that. When she was 20, medical doctors thought she had Crohn’s illness and put her on a restrictive weight-reduction plan plan, slicing out dairy, fried meals and high-fiber meals to search out out what should be blamed for issues.
Ultimately, she was identified with irritable bowel syndrome as an alternative.
“I actually thought at one level I needed to be a dietician as a result of I’ve finished a ton of analysis with my intestine,” Dunkerton mentioned.
As an alternative, life has taken her on a special path. After her first yr at MSU, Dunkerton dropped out in an effort to work two jobs: her place at Starkville Vitamin and one other job as a touring secretary for horse reveals.
Her husband Thomas remains to be at MSU, ending his remaining yr of college. When he graduates in Might, they’ll return to Laurel to reside on a farm.
However Dunkerton is way from finished together with her time at Starkville Vitamin. She’ll come up every now and then to examine on the shop and mentioned she’d be fascinated with related work down the street.
Even when that doesn’t come to cross, she’ll nonetheless keep linked with the shop the place three years in the past she discovered a house.
“I’m simply joyful I’ll nonetheless have my hand on this one,” Dunkerton mentioned.
Theo DeRosa experiences on Mississippi State sports activities for The Dispatch. Observe him on Twitter at @Theo_DeRosa.