Vienna Teen Opens New Cupcake Business
VIENNA -- A Johnson County teen has cooked up something sweet for her community. Katelyn Bailey of Vienna has just opened her own bakery and she's only 18 years old.
"We have the dough for the bread and everything ready the night before. And then we get here early in the morning and bake them," explains Katelyn.
Cupcakes by Katelyn just opened on Saturday, seven months after she graduated high school. Katelyn started selling her cupcakes online back in February, when she was only 17.
"She has been baking out of my one little, single oven, in my kitchen for all of this year, says Katelyn's mom Julie. "And I'm glad that she's got some space to move into here so that she has more room than what we've had."
But now at age 18, she has more responsibility than most of her peers would be ready for.
"I figured why not do something you love, because then it doesn't feel as much like work. It's just, you're doing something you have passion for and a love for," Katelyn explains.
She sells cinnamon rolls, wedding cakes, cookies and around 30 different cupcake flavors. The shop is the only one of it's kind in Vienna, and Bailey has had a lot of community support.
"I am so proud of her ambition to take this on and to just follow her dream and to go for it," says Julie.
Mayor Jon Simmons says the new business will be great for the town and is glad to see one of their own doing something for the community.
"I just knew her as she was growing up, as a very fine kid. She's really nice and pleasant and she's going to do really good in this business," he says.
Katelyn can't afford to hire any employees right now, so she relies on friends and family to help in her new venture.
"It's empowering to know that I'm able to own my own business and we finally got it up and running. It's exciting," exclaims Katelyn.
Bailey would like to eventually expand her business to offer customers a lunch menu.
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