Bride-to-be down cash, cake after Oregon City bakery closes
GRESHAM, Ore. -- Before the engagement photos, actually even before the engagement, 29-year-old bride-to-be, Stephanie Quintero had her heart set on a four layer, navy blue wedding cake.
"For a lot of people, they have that one thing in their wedding they love. I don't care so much about the dress or the flowers. The cake was my thing," Quintero told KATU News.
"We designed our colors around it. We changed them three times to better fit the cake," she continued.
Quintero and her fiance put a $320 down payment toward the cake back in December 2013.
"As soon as he proposed, we had our cake and our venue picked out within two weeks," Quintero said.
According to the couple, Wrightberry's Custom Cakes in Oregon City was the only bakery they interviewed that would agree to the intricate cake work. They found out this week the bakery closed a few months back. Now, they say, they're out a cake and a couple hundred dollars cash.
"I just had a mini meltdown. I was like, 'What do you mean they're out of business?' And sure enough, I called and there's no forwarding. It's just disconnected," Quintero said.
KATU News contacted Wrightberry's original owners, Janet Wright and her husband, Tom, who took their cake order. The Wright's say they sold the shop in January 2014. Public records show a company named, Plan-it Financial, Inc. owns the company as of March 2014. According to the Oregon Secretary of State's website, Plan-it Financial, Inc. is owned by James Frackowiak.
"He was responsible for taking care of (the customers) and he didn't do it," Tom Wright said.
KATU spoke to Frackowiak over the phone. He says he gave the company back to the Wright's and the responsibility falls on them because the Wright's owned the company at the time.
Qunitero says regardless of who is responsible, she wanted to share her story and try to save other brides the same last minute stress and heartache.