KENT COUNTY, Mich. — 17-year-old Taylor Kyle is juggling her high school classes, with all the challenges that come along with opening up a new business.
"It's a lot of pressure and it's very stressful," Kyle told FOX 17 News. "It's a lot of eyes on me, considering that I am young and this is not typical to have like a cereal bar in Grand Rapids."
The East Kentwood senior plans to open the Eastown Cereal Café at 1505 Wealthy St. SE early next year.
Kyle originally planned to open in late November, but had to delay due to challenges presented by the pandemic.
The new place will offer lots of popular cereals, along with other breakfast favorites, like bagels, oatmeal, grits and coffee.
Kyle said she started thinking about opening up her own business last year, when her parents opened KD’s Sports Bar in Wyoming.
"Actually, I had got the idea from like the California area and New York," she explained. "I seen some places like that and I was just like that's pretty cool and it's something that you just don't see a lot...so I just took it into my hands to build something up from the bottom, and I'm trying something new."
Her message to other young entrepreneurs is to take risks.
"If you're a young person who's looking for motivation and what you want to do, just go with it and don't hold yourself back on anything because you have the full potential to become somebody greater than you can every expect," Kyle said. "Because you never want to lower your standards, you always want to be on top of everything."