Jaclyn Dunkerton says she owes her job at Starkville Diet to an unlikely supply.
When Dunkerton got here to the Russell Road enterprise for an interview after beginning college at Mississippi State College within the fall 2018 semester, she listed her previous jobs for proprietor Wendy Taylor. One among them — a summer season 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 lady who labored at Cheesy Jack’s,’” Dunkerton stated.
By means of that, if nothing else, Dunkerton bought the job. She was one in every of 4 staff who all began collectively shortly after the enterprise opened in August 2018 and who, in time, turned shut associates. Dunkerton’s three coworkers had been all a part of her marriage ceremony in July 2020.
“They had been simply type of studying, too,” Dunkerton stated of her first days on the job. “That was most likely the smartest factor: that all of us bought to study collectively.”
Now, she’s the “final one standing” of the 4 at Starkville Diet — practically three years after she began.
“I’ve been right here the entire time that they’ve been open, so I’ve been in a position to assist type of develop this with them, which has been tremendous enjoyable,” Dunkerton stated.
Dunkerton was named a supervisor a yr into her tenure and is presently 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 group.
Starkville Diet focuses on low-carb, low-sugar protein shakes and zero-sugar, 24-calorie loaded teas in addition to serving specialty drinks which can be primarily mixtures of the 2. Dunkerton stated new prospects who are available and take a look at the concoctions typically surprise what they’ve been lacking out on.
“I’ve so many individuals who are available they usually had been huge espresso drinkers, after which they begin consuming these they usually don’t really feel as weighed down,” she stated. “It has pure issues to assist your thoughts focus. It’s simply pure clear vitality that basically makes a giant distinction in individuals in comparison with espresso or Crimson Bull or stuff like that.”
Normally, those that like what they get from Starkville Diet come again not less than a few times per week.
That’s simply what Dunkerton desires to see, she stated.
“I really like how individuals actually do see a change and see little issues you are able to do to your physique and care for it,” she stated. “It’s good every time they really feel comfy with us. They like seeing our smiling faces once they are available. We type of assist encourage them to need to care for their our bodies and to only be the healthiest you attainable.”
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 food regimen plan, reducing out dairy, fried meals and high-fiber meals to search out out what was making issues.
Finally, she was identified with irritable bowel syndrome as a substitute.
“I actually thought at one level I wished to be a dietician as a result of I’ve executed a ton of analysis with my intestine,” Dunkerton stated.
As an alternative, life has taken her on a distinct path. After her first yr at MSU, Dunkerton dropped out to be able to work two jobs: her place at Starkville Diet and one other job as a touring secretary for horse reveals.
Her husband Thomas continues to be at MSU, ending his ultimate yr of faculty. When he graduates in Might, they’ll return to Laurel to dwell on a farm.
However Dunkerton is much from executed together with her time at Starkville Diet. She’ll come up occasionally to examine on the shop and stated she’d be fascinated with related work down the street.
Even when that doesn’t come to go, she’ll nonetheless keep linked with the shop the place three years in the past she discovered a house.
“I’m simply completely happy I’ll nonetheless have my hand on this one,” Dunkerton stated.
Theo DeRosa reviews on Mississippi State sports activities for The Dispatch. Comply with him on Twitter at @Theo_DeRosa.