MISSOURI CITY, Texas – A Sienna Plantation teen has created a wing sauce that has her customers salivating. She already sells the sauce online, but the young entrepreneur is not stopping there.
The magic started in Tyla-Simone Crayton's house. Now, the 15-year-old CEO has some big goals and is ready to take her business to the next level.
"I get to share something that I really love with everyone in the world," Crayton said.
The 15-year-old calls herself the CEO sauce boss. She used to live in New York, and after her favorite wing place shut down years ago, she and her mom tried to figure out the restaurant's recipe.
"We finally got something, and it was much better than the sauce that we loved, and I kept telling her, 'Let's bottle it,'" Crayton said.
That moment led to the birth of a business idea.
"We have lemon pepper, spicy and regular," Crayton said.
The high school sophomore started Sienna Wings, which is named after the area she lives in. While they do cater, their main focus is selling their sauces.
"My goal is for this to be a household sauce," Crayton said.
In May, Crayton signed a deal with a local co-distributor and packer.
"It's amazing to see the transformation in how she's grown within these last couple of years running her own business," said Monique Crayton, Tyla-Simone Crayton's mother and chief financial officer.
When the Ridge Point High School student is not running her company, she manages to make good grades, play on the junior varsity basketball team and participate in several school organizations.
"I have to sacrifice some things, like, with my friends, but it's all worth it in the end," Tyla-Simone Crayton said, because she's working for herself and is in the process of building an empire.
"It's a secret recipe. I would have to kill you if you knew it," she said. "So I'm sorry, but you can buy it and use it on whatever you want."
To learn more about Sienna Wing Sauce, download their app.