Layla Wallace breaks through with her non-profit organization “Layla’s Cool Pops”

Layla Wallace breaks through with her non-profit organization

Sarah Fulton, Co-Editor-in-Chief

One of Portage Central’s very own sophomores, Layla Wallace, is a teen entrepreneur determined to make a difference. In 2015, Wallace started a non-profit organization called Layla’s Cool Pops in Kalamazoo to support her Sweets4Homeless initiative. She sells various types of sweet treats, including cupcakes, brownies, cookie pops and more.

Found on Portage Street, Layla’s Cool pops sells pretty much anything that can be “put on a pop.” The small business sells cupcakes, cake pops, oreo pops, puppy chow and much more. 

When activities shut down in March due to COVID-19, many small businesses had to shut down. Since Wallace’s business was already mostly curbside, it was not affected much. 

“My sales were boosted a lot because it gave me more time to focus on the cafe and build a better connection with my staff,” Wallace said.  “I didn’t have to change the way I packed my treats since they are all packaged individually already.”

In addition to serving up delicious treats, Layla’s Cool Pops has an even better cause it works for. The business is a non-profit organization which donates money to helping the homeless community. Wallace is also saving up proceeds to try and buy houses for homeless families or young adults leaving foster care to stay while they get back on their feet. 

Recently, Layla’s Cool Pops partnered with four Biggby Coffee locations around Kalamazoo to raise money for Wallace’s cause. 

“Biggby was a great partnership. They ordered cupcakes to sell at their locations and donated the proceeds right back to our cause,” said Wallace. 

If you’re interested in grabbing a sweet treat to support this awesome cause, you can call ahead or place an order online. The shop also has limited store front hours, which can be found on their website. Make sure to stop by to support this great cause run by one of Portage Central’s very own students. 

 

 

PC: Layla Wallace