Teen Opens Dessert Shop in Kalamazoo’s Edison Neighborhood, Helps Homeless
At fifteen years old, Kalamazoo's Layla Wallace is already a business owner and cupcake restauranteur. According to the Layla's Cool Pops Facebook page, she was only 9 years old when she had the idea of making cupcakes, cookie pops, cake pops, and other desserts in pop-in-your-mouth-sized portions. Thus the name Layla's Cool Pops. Recently, she turned her small home business in to a bona fide storefront in Kalamazoo on 1336 Portage Street, between Stockbridge and Washington Avenues.
Making the decision to open up a storefront can be intimidating. Doing so before you're legally allowed to drive is another thing, entirely. But imagine realizing your dream of opening a storefront location right before isolation and social distancing recommendations were put in to place. That could have been a devastating blow to the teen. However, it didn't take the young Wallace long to adapt her business model to comply. The new dessert shop accepts pre-orders Mondays and Tuesdays, and they're open Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm for deliveries and curb side pickup. Her unstoppable, deliciously popable cupcakes come in a wide variety of flavors including "Triple C," "Strawberry Heaven," "Mom's Favorite," and "Lemon Drop."
But the desserts sweet thing about Layla's Cool Pops. As a non-profit community organization, it is the aim of Layla's Cool Pops to help the homeless members of our community through donations. Their tagline in the "About" section of their page clearly states their mission, "Eliminating homelessness one sweet at a time!" That's what I call a pretty sweet deal.