Young entrepreneurs thriving in Wausau

By:  Sarah McGrew

By: Sarah McGrew

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW)– Being your own boss before age 25 has become a reality for two young adults in Wausau.

Kayla Ermeling opened Ignite Nutrition in Downtown Wausau when she was 23 years-old. Now, 24, she doesn’t regret a moment of it.

“It’s been a tough, exciting, adventurous year. Lots of learning,” she said about starting her own business.

Ignite serves teas and smoothies in a cozy downtown location. So far, business has been good.

“We’re making smoothies and they’re cold, so I always say if we can it through the first winter we’re golden. It’s up from here,” Ermeling said.

Her advice to other young people interested in business is to just go for it. “I’m 24, if I decide this is not my purpose in life, I’m young enough to change it.”

Down the street in the Wausau Center Mall, Quinn Coyle, 21, is the owner of Flashback.

Coyle started the vintage clothing line when he was just a teenager in high school at Wausau West. He started by selling t-shirts to other students. Now, Flashback has it’s own store front.

“People will come up to me and be like ‘man you’re only 21 and you have a store,'” he said. “I love being here, there’s never a dull moment.”

Flashback sells shirts, jackets, hats and other accessories. Coyle designs them himself.

Both entrepreneurs said the Wausau Community has been supportive of their business endeavors.

“Everybody wants to see someone follow their dreams and do what they want, and not have anybody tell them no,” Coyle said.