Little Rock teen takes passion to a sweet level

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – For one driven teenager, being in high school has turned out to be quite a sweet deal.

"Food in regular sizes is boring and the way to make it fun is put it in a hole," said 16-year-old Sydney Brazil.

Her business is called "The Hole Thing," a gourmet variety shop that specializes in donut holes. Her favorite flavors are chocolate chip and lemon bar.

"A hole is easy, it's poppable, it's cute, it's something that's very simple to eat and it's just easy for on-the-go," she said.

A junior at eStem school, Brazil is a part of their Noble Impact Program that is partnered with the Clinton School of Public Service. Through the program, she met Mary Beth Ringgold, owner of the Copper Grill Restaurant.

"I see great things for Sydney," Ringgold said. "I just think she's an exceptional young person, she's putting a lot of energy into this right now. I think it's a good environment for any type of just general growth."

She goes to the restaurant three days a week and makes her donut holes. They've been serving them to guests since May 30 with their homemade ice cream. Some days, Brazil brings her mom and younger brother along to help out.

"She puts a lot of dedication into everything she does," said Renea Brazil. "I think this experience has given her the confidence that she could do anything."

"She's so confident and so put together," Ringgold said. "I just think that there's great things ahead for her."

When Brazil thinks of the future, she doesn't want to abandon her education.

"Education is really important to me," she said. "Hopefully I'll be in school, hopefully with a Hole Things store."

And like any typical teenager, she's big on social media and uses it to market herself.

"I keep the people who are following me updated on what's going on," she said.


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