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Youth Ventures Success Stories — Meet Emily Hewlett

We are excited to share the 2020 Emerging Entrepreneur Winner, Emily Hewlett for her business, Sweet Tails and Treats!

Here’s Emily’s story…

In the Beginning

Emily always had a sweet tooth for tasty treats when she was growing up. Emily also loved visiting food trucks on the mainland to enjoy whichever treats they could serve up in the mobile kitchens. Combining the two separate interests only felt right to Emily. Fast forward to today, and we have the wonderful Sweet Tails and Treats!

Sweet Tails and Treats is a mobile food truck that Emily operates out of Grand Falls-Windsor during the weekends. Her ‘Desserts on Wheels’ serves up sweet tails, churros, and crêpes for all the locals to enjoy.

 

Why Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone, but Emily cautiously shares that “I am bossy so it is nice not having someone telling me what to do.” A perfect reason for taking the reins! 

Another reason that attracted Emily was the option to select hours that worked for her schedule. As she finishes up high school, it is important that she strikes a fine balance between her studies and cleaning, sanitizing, and preparing for the workdays ahead.

 

Making it Happen with Youth Ventures

Emily was inspired at such an early age by the program and says: “Youth Ventures showed me when I was younger that it was possible to be a teen and have your own business.” 

Among the transformation of inspiration to action, Youth Ventures has also assisted Emily with creating social media posts to put on her pages and to help grow their social media presence.

 

What’s Next

Sweet Tails and Treats has enjoyed the ‘sweet’ taste of success and Emily has no plans of slowing down. “Next for my business is looking for new menu items for next year and maybe a new place to park,” Emily shares enthusiastically, adding that she also plans to attend some festivals in the province to spread more awareness.

The goal for Emily is to maintain her level of success for the next couple of summer seasons so that it will help to fund her university education. If Sweet Tails and Treats become something enormous, Emily might even consider selling the business!

 

Moment of Reflection

Emily is aware of the impact that her business has made on the community. She recalls some of the moments that bring her great pride. “I have given back to essential workers and the high school graduates who never got the day they had been dreaming of,” Emily smiles. “And on Canada Day, we opened at Twin Town so the seniors could have a celebration after being trapped inside due to COVID-19.”

Emily’s drive and compassion is truly an inspiring story of how a small act of kindness can spread so much love!

You can view Emily’s sweet treats by visiting her Facebook page and Instagram at @sweettailsandtreats.

Thank you for sharing your story, Emily, – your Youth Ventures family wishes you all the best in everything you do in the future!

Stay tuned for the next Success Story. Until then, let’s keep makin’ lemonade!