Jamie Terry has known her way around the kitchen for a long time. But now she’s sharing her skills with the community through Just Cake It!, the home-based custom dessert bakery she launched so she could manage her son Tory’s healthcare. He has spastic quadriplegia, a form of cerebral palsy. Terry shares more about Just Cake It! and what she loves about her Frisco community. She lives with her husband Jerry and is a mom of four: Taiylar, 24, Jada, 21, Tory, 19 and Jayla, 7.
DFWChild: What inspired you to start your home-based business?
Jamie Terry: Tory was a major driving factor. I used to work as a medical assistant, and my husband is a teacher. It was a struggle to get off work for our son’s doctor’s appointments and therapy sessions. We decided I wouldn’t go back to work, so I had could manage his care.
C: Why a bakery?
JT: After my youngest daughter was born, I took some cake decorating classes and fell in love. My husband had experience working with his older sister’s cake business, so we decided to start Just Cake It! to assist in the high cost of healthcare for our son.
C: Can you share a little bit about what his day-to-day care requires?
JT: He’s fed via a G-tube [gastronomy tube] and is totally dependent on his caregivers. He requires 24-hour nursing care.
C: Are there local resources that you’ve found particularly helpful in caring for Tory?
JT: LifePath Systems has been a huge blessing. So have Frisco ISD, Scottish Rite for Children and Variety Children’s Charity.
C: What do you think makes Frisco a great place to raise a family?
JT: People in our community are very friendly and neighborly. You get a small-town feel with a touch of big city. There are so many local parks and activities for people of all abilities. The area has many different restaurants and shops. Can you tell I love to eat and shop?
C: What’s your favorite family restaurant?
JT: We love the uniqueness of Babe’s Chicken in Frisco and how it accommodates all of our tastebuds.
C: Where do you go to get outdoors?
JT: We love Hope Park. It has an accessible playground, and we like to go on family walks through the park often. We also like walking around Frisco Athletic Center and Stonebriar Centre.
C: How else do you like to spend time as a family?
JT: Hanging out at The Star in Frisco! My son and husband love football, especially the Cowboys. Watching games on the giant screens soothes Tory. We try to visit one or two times a week. We also like to hang out at Grandscape in The Colony and eat at Parry’s Pizzeria & Taphouse.
C: What’s your favorite destination for date night?
JT: We love Legacy West because the restaurant choices are endless. Mexican Sugar and Benihanas are go-to spots. When possible, we love an overnight staycation at the Sandman Signature Hotel, Marriott or Renaissance Dallas at the Legacy West area.
C: How do you give back to the community as a family?
JT: We love to give back [through Just Cake It!] by providing free cakes to children and adults with special needs to help them celebrate special life events — whether it’s a birthday or successful medical procedure. Just Cake It! offers free delivery to those within a 5-mile radius. We’re also involved in our local church, New Life Community Church.
C: Just Cake It! is a gem, too! What else should people know?
JT: We give back to other special needs families and offer free delivery to those within a 5-mile radius.
Photo courtesy of Cory Turner – Stroke of Genius Media.