Options for the appetite

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Joyce Meeks decorates a tray of the cupcakes for Monday’s customers. | Kendra Bolling/ Star-News

What do coffee, sandwiches, doughnuts and downtown Opp have in common? None other than Reflections and Confections Bakery, Opp’s “newest, best kept secret.”

Owned and operated by Dennis and Maru Murphy, the bakery has been in business for the last 10 months on West Covington Avenue right in the middle of “hair cutting alley.”

“We were located next door,” Murphy said. “We were a little hot dog place, called Dog Eat Dog. You see, I like to cook, and I made the mistake of making sweets to go along with the hotdogs without knowing that this place hasn’t had a bakery in a long time.”

Murphy said that customers kept telling him he should open a bakery.

“And this place came open, so we decided to try it out,” he said.

Murphy said the original intent of the business was to be a coffee shop with a bakery, but the coffee portion hasn’t taken off yet.

But, don’t let that fool you, though. The business is more of a bakery, that’s now morphed into a sandwich shop that offers items such as ham and cheese sandwiches, pretzel dogs (made from Murphy’s own recipe, of course), barbecue pork sandwiches and a special fruited chicken salad.

“I came up with my own pretzel recipes,” he said. “All the big companies are selfish with their recipes, so I just did my own.”

Additionally, the four employees who work at the bakery arrive at work at 4 a.m. to begin mixing doughnuts, for fresh, piping hot deliciousness to go with that morning coffee, he said.

Employee Tina Roberts said everything that comes out of bakery is homemade, with the exception of truffles, which are only available for a limited time.

“We sample all of our products,” Roberts said. “And our doughnuts are not traditional size.”

The shop also specializes in frozen drinks, which include flavors such as coconut, strawberry, mango, honeydew, chocolate peanut butter, cookies and cream and more.

“Our best sellers are probably orange cream, which tastes like an old-fashioned creamsicle,” Roberts said. “Caramel latte is good, too.”

“Mango is good,” Murphy said. “Mocha might be my favorite.”

The bakery is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.