15-Year Old Opens Black-Owned Cupcake Shop During Pandemic

Layla Wallace, founder of Layla's Cool Pop in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Meet Layla Wallace, a 15-year old teen baker and entrepreneur from Michigan, who is making boss moves with the launch of her new cupcake shop called Layla's Cool Pops. Her storefront is located in downtown Kalamazoo and is the result of what started years ago as an economics project in her 4th-grade class.
In 2015, Layla started baking delicious sweet treats such as cupcakes, brownies, cookies, cake pops, and more. She has been specializing in special orders and catering events. Now, despite the pandemic, she pushed through with the opening of her first storefront, making sure preventive measures are in place.

"I think that some people think that my work ethic would be different because I'm younger, so I have to prove them wrong by working really hard," Layla said in a statement. "I still get scared of talking with people, so I'm warming up to talking with people and I still do school so it's kinda hard."

Moreover, through Layla's Cool Pops, she aims to support her Sweets4Homeless initiative, a non-profit which purchases homes for homeless families and provide financial support to other community organizations that help eliminate homelessness.

For more information about Layla's Cool Pops, visit LaylasCoolPops.com
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