Teen's Business Takes The CakePosted: Updated:
"People are asking me where's my business and I just have to say that I'm still in high school. I don't have a storefront," said 17 year old Kylie Russell of Dexter.
She's the owner of Kylie's Kakes & More and one of the youngest vendors at the Watertown Farm and Craft Market.
Another teen makes and sells jewelry out of bullets.
"It speaks to the community that we are pushing for these young people to come out and really explore their talents," said Kayla Perry, Watertown Chamber of Commerce events director.
Kylie says she got the pastry bug at 10 years old. Her business really picked up though in the last couple of years.
Her main focus is on cupcakes, but she does make cakes for special events and is hoping to start selling cookies, cake pops, and other desserts.
"People don't really think about a 17 year old getting into the business aspect. My dad's an entrepreneur and I've been following in his footsteps," she said.
"While she definitely enjoys it, Kylie says being such a young business owner doesn't come without its challenges, especially when it comes to money."
"I'm going to college next year and I will hopefully be getting my license and a car. I've had to take a lot of money out of my savings, but I have been able to profit out what I make each day to put that back and make more as well," said Kylie.
But she's happy to get positive feedback from people who stop by and pick up some treats.
Kylie is approaching her senior year at Watertown High School, so she knows she'll be busy. But with the exposure she's gotten from the farmer's market, she's excited to see what sweet future is ahead.