Meet Kentucky’s 21-year-old “ice cream queen”

March is Women’s History Month.
Published: Mar. 15, 2022 at 5:24 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - March is Women’s History Month.

One young lady in central Kentucky is making history as one of the youngest women to have her own business.

During the girls’ Sweet 16 Tournament in Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, you’ll find young ladies making a scoop on and off the court.

Taylor Cook is the owner and operator of Taylor Belle’s ice cream and she’s 21 years old.

“I love what I do,” Taylor said. “I come to work loving what I do.”

This is no overnight success. Taylor started her ice cream venture at Anderson County High School’s Future Farmers of America program at age 15. She started selling out of a trailer at local events.

Her homemade ice cream was so good she won the FFA state competition twice.

The popular flavors of Blue Madness and Bourbon Blast can be found at Critchfield Meats, Midway University and at EKU, where Taylor is enrolled majoring in business.

“The classes that I’m in I go to read the book and I’m like, I know exactly what this is, so, some of the test, I can take without reading the book,” Taylor said.

However, she is learning about a gap in entrepreneurship between men and women.

“There’s a 33 percent gap in women in business to men in business and they were saying how we need to close that gap,” Taylor said.

She’s an ice cream queen, already overseeing a staff of 34.

Her mom, Amanda, helps with finances.

“She’s takin’ it since she was 15 taking it by the horns. She’s amazing. I can’t be more proud of her,” Amanda said.

But being able to negotiate this product to be sold within the concourse of Rupp Arena had its challenges.

“It is hard negotiating deals because you are so young,” Taylor said. “People don’t look at you like you are a business owner.”

Taylor has a message to other women wanting to start a business.

“Hey, if you have a dream, go after it! You can do it,” said Taylor.

A scoop of confidence with a little sprinkle of girl power sounds like a recipe for success.

Taylor admits there is still a lot about business that she doesn’t know. But it looks like she’s on the right path, saying business is good and she’s expanding, building a warehouse on her farm.

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