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COVID-inspired Entrepreneurs The Taste of Sweet Success
leven-year-old Queen Village resident Makyla Linder, like others her age, hasn’t been in school since mid-March, when the mayor called for sheltering in place. When her summer enrichment options were cancelled the doldrums set in. At first, screen time filled her days, but, as Makyla said, “I decided to watch more baking tutorials, which prompted me to start my dessert business, Dolci Desserts LLC.”
Starting a business seemed like a lot for an 11-year old. According to Makyla’s mother, Chelsea, “She came up with the idea, and I didn’t take it seriously, but she kept asking.” Chelsea realized that having a business would help her daughter learn math, budgeting, public speaking and time management. “So I invested!” Chelsea said. “And now Makyla has her own money and her own account.” In June, Makyla printed business cards and handed them out throughout Queen Village. In just three months, Makyla has tasted sweet success. If you like cupcakes, chocolate-dipped pretzels, strawberries
and oreos, Rice Krispie treats or banana pudding, check out www.instagram. com/dolcidessertsllc. ■
And Sew, They Became MatchMakers
I Strawberry shortcake-dipped strawberries.
Banana pudding cups, ready for delivery.
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n 2019, Queen Village resident Nicole Alper launched a luxury dog bandana business with her friend, Christina Kardon. Nicole named it Butter Bandanas, after her golden retriever, Butter. Like many fashion designers, when COVID struck Nicole and Christina shifted gears to make masks for first responders. And that’s when it clicked— making matching sets: face masks and dog bandanas. It’s another story about using this extraordinary set of circumstances to make a product that keeps health and wellness in mind, while also letting you have some fun with your best friend/four-legged child. Find them at butterbandanas.com. ■
Butter Bandana customers Dave and Debbie Duys pose with their fur children, Dewey and Trevor.