Provo's waffle truck was started by a motivated father, encouraged by his family
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PROVO — In the past few years, Provo has become home to a vibrant food truck scene with more than seven trucks operating regularly in the area and more than a dozen gathering for the "Food Truck Roundup" on Thursday nights.
One of the these trendy trucks is run by Adam Terry, a 31-year-old father who began looking for a way to pursue his passion and provide for his family two years ago.
Today, Terry owns Waffle Love, one of Provo's most successful food trucks. But it wasn't an easy feat. Terry spent many stressful days worrying about his business and his family before he found success.
Terry was a recent graduate of Utah Valley University with a degree in business and working as a banker in January 2012 when his company made cuts. As one of the newest employees, Terry was let go.
"At that point in time, I was married and I had three kids, and we were living in a one-bedroom apartment in Provo by BYU," Terry said.
"I guess you can imagine that as a father you want to be able to take care of your wife and kids, and a one-bedroom apartment is just not good enough. I mean, you can do better, from a father’s standpoint."
So Terry began searching for employment.
"I was desperate, but they say necessity is the mother of invention," Terry said.
"It wasn't just like, 'Oh, I lost my job. Lets go start a waffle truck. I worked all sorts of different random odd jobs, and I applied to anything and everything. If anybody would offer me a job, I would have taken it. And I did take a lot of weird, random odd jobs just to do whatever I could.
"But then a restaurant that had gone out of business was up for sale. I didn't have any money, but I put together a proposal."
Terry had always enjoyed cooking, and having worked in many restaurants, he knew what was important in building a brand. Terry's proposal for a Belgian waffle shop was denied, but it only fueled his desire.
"After putting that proposal together, I was like, 'This is my passion. I can do this. I am going to do this. There are no food trucks in Utah County. I'm going to be the first food truck,'" Terry said. "I was determined to do it."
Although Terry was eager to pursue his concept, he knew his wife, Melissa, was hesitant.
"She's one of the greatest pieces of Waffle Love," Terry said. "But she was very opposed to me opening my own business. Things had to happen a certain way for her to really get on board with me starting my business, like losing my job."
One night, Terry's wife expressed her concerns about the truck potentially failing financially. It was then that Terry promised to do everything in his power to make it a success, and he was confident that with time this business could provide for his family.
"From that moment on, she was all in. She designed the truck, the outside, the paint job. And her and my family painted it. And then she's been behind my social and my marketing ever since we started," Terry said.
"It was just so good to be able to say that she was behind me all the way because it didn't matter if I sold 13 or 30 or 200. ... She was all in."
With $5,000 from his wife's grandmother and good credit, Terry began to build Waffle Love. After purchasing a truck for $1,300, he built a commissary kitchen inside. Terry also ordered waffle irons from Belgium and perfected his batter.
At the time, Provo did not have any laws in place for food trucks, so Terry worked with city employees to make his business legal.
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