It’s cakes, mini pies and anything under the sun on Jamie McConnell Ray’s Tasty Cakes, Etc., menu. The 31-year-old Jacksonville native’s love for the culinary arts started in high school, but didn’t become a business until years later.
For two years, Ray has been running Tasty Cakes, Etc., from her home on the Northside. She wants to become mobile with a food truck, making her products more accessible to the public. Food trucks can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $85,000.
“I would love to have at least two store fronts and have the truck for festivals,” Ray said, when asked where she sees her business 10 years from now.
She hopes Tasty Cakes, Etc., will contribute to the renewal of Jacksonville and help boost the Northside area. When a University of Florida co-worker told her about One Spark, she thought it was a great idea for Jacksonville.
“I think One Spark is going to be a great spinning point for Jacksonville to put us on the map,” Ray said. “Most people just pass through instead of staying. I’m hoping that Jacksonville will be a place to stay.”