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OUR ROOTS

Meet Val

In June of 2008, My mom came to visit me for a couple of weeks and during her stay I noticed her breathing was not quite right as she took more time to climb a small number of stairs. Upon taking her to the hospital, my mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Terminal Breast Cancer and given 6 months to live.  

Through me being with her at doctor’s visits, my mother was only made aware that she had a chronic cancer disease that she had to get continuous treatment for and I made sure that she never heard the word “terminal”.  By my mother not hearing the word “terminal” and the help of modern medicine right here in Dallas, and the care I provided to her, my mom lived past 4 years which fortunately went against the initial prognosis.

Each Sunday, during those 4 years, was a ritual for us to bake and try desserts.  She would finish her desserts sometimes before touching her main course I would fix for her.  She would stay at the house and we’d spend the whole week discussing what kind of cake we were going to bake.  That went on for four years through countless cheesecake batters until her passing in August of 2012.

After her passing and with a short and sweet letter addressed to the owner of Oddfellows’ owner Matt Spiller (who first carried our cheesecakes), I decided to start a business by selling our cheesecakes to other restaurants.  After 2 years of moonlighting as a baker after my civil engineering day job in the kitchen of St Paul United Methodist church, I decided to open a storefront located at 3906 Maple Avenue which is now our first location.

From the colors seen at the Shack & at the Shop including the recipes and overall vibe, this whole business is a daily tribute to my mom, Marie Jose Labossiere, who was a phenomenal business woman and mother.  I hope to be at least half of what this woman meant to me in terms of perseverance, guts and her sweet disposition.

Thanks Mom...I love you,

Val