Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Butter and Bread Co. Has Sweet Things for Oxonians

There was a bite in the air as Rebels walked around their beloved Oxford just hours before the kickoff at 3 p.m. Saturday.
There is a free parking lot just off N. 13th street, a seemingly hidden delight to Oxonians who took advantage of the parking. As cars pulled in, drivers were greeted by a large chalkboard sign set in front of the apartments next to an open door and a window laced with colorful bowls. It read, “Welcome to Butter and Bread Co.! We (heart) our Rebs! Beat UL-Lafayette!” The open door led to a bright, cheery store decorated with pink mounted deer with glittering antlers.
Butter and Bread Co. recently opened near the Square last Saturday. Taylor Shaffet, its owner, smiled at Rebel fans wandering in the store hours before the first home game’s commencement. She has plenty of reasons to smile but one stood out: her dream came true.

Just last Friday morning Shaffet cut the ribbon of the store she has been cultivating since last May.  (courtesy of Butter and Bread Co.)
Just last Friday morning Shaffet cut the ribbon of the store she has been cultivating since last May. (courtesy of Butter and Bread Co.)

Shaffett’s dream was borne out of her determination. Despite being a Ole Miss student with just a few credit hours left before graduation, she prepared, decorated and promoted her store. Shaffett even walked around the Square a week before the grand opening, her arms laden with labeled totes with wooden spoons tied to each bag. She gave a bag to each and every business neighbor on the Square. Her store has been featured in the Delta magazine as well as Invitation Oxford.
“Owning my own store is my dream but I feel like owning a kitchen accessory and home decor store is literally in my blood,” Shaffert said.
Shaffett said cooking and decorating are two of her favorite things. Her father is from Baton Rouge and her mother is from Clarksdale so Shaffert grew up eating true southern and creole cooking. Shaffert credits her mother for also teaching her about decorating and pushing her to be as creative as possible both in the kitchen and in home.
Shaffet said, “I hand-selected every piece in this store. They’re each one of a kind!”
The merchandise in the store are eye-catching and original. See for yourself in this video:

There are a couple of sleek fridges: one pink and one red, both labeled Smeg. Shaffet informed that she is the “only retailer in Mississippi sells Smeg.”
“The store is a little of both high-end and affordable,” Shaffet said. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information email Taylor Shaffett at or go to The store also has a Facebook and an Instagram (handle: @butterandbreadco).
Callie Daniels is a staff reporter. Shoot her an email at for comments, criticism, or story ideas.