After a large order overwhelmed his kitchen, the entrepreneur wasn’t afraid to take risks and open his own shop. she’s still 19 years old.
After graduating as Wabeno High School’s valedictorian, Kylie Higgins bypassed college and dove into a full-time, potentially risky career. At first, he only sold his products on social media, but after being approached repeatedly by his 1,600 Facebook followers, he decided to open a brick-and-mortar bakery. We caught up with Kylie, whose bakery just opened this month, to find out how she did it and what she’ll do next.
Cherita Booker, UpNorthNews reporter: What inspired you to start a bakery?
Kylie Higgins kylie chocolate creations Owner: Love and support from my community, especially the patrons who supported me when I was a home baker. I was over that space in no time, so it was time to move on to the next step.
Celita: What kind of things do you sell?
Kylie: We specialize in custom cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, fudge, truffles, chocolate covered strawberries and other chocolate items. I start each morning with a display case full of goodies for walk-in orders.I also do custom orders for special events such as baby showers, weddings and birthdays.
Celita: What is the best part of owning your own business?
Kylie: I love simplicity. I know what I need to complete each day and I stick to my schedule. I am always happy to put in the time needed to satisfy my customers. It feels great to see the faces of our customers as they pick up their orders!
Celita: What makes your bakery different?
Kylie: Customizability. Sell unique treats such as cake pops, caramel apples, and chocolate-covered strawberries.You can find them in other stores, but they are usually not customized your needs. I’m open on Sundays and Mondays as well, although most bakeries aren’t. Give people a place to go on days when nothing else is available.
Cerita: What has been the hardest thing for you so far?
Kylie: Renewal of the front of the store! It used to be a tattoo parlor and before that a barber shop. I struggled to get it into commercial code. But with the help of my family and another local business, Andraschko Plumbing and Electric, we now serve the Antigo community five days a week.
Cherita: What is the “must-not-miss” reward for new customers?
Kylie: My chocolate covered strawberries or mint chocolate chip truffles. Most popular since opening!
kylie chocolate creations,place Antigo’s 727A 5th Avenue is open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7am to 4pm and Sunday from 7am to noon. The shop is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.