If you are a parent of a child younger than 15 years old, then chances are, you know about slime. You may know about all the different colours that slime comes in and may have even tried your hands at making it, but do you know about Slime Bar? If you don’t, then you should! Created by 9-year-old Hayley Juman, Slime Bar emerged from Hayley’s love of making slime after her best friend introduced her to the art of creating slime online. As is typical of girls of that age, Youtube was the place where they found their inspiration and motivation to create. Making slime was easy — and it was like Play-Doh; only better.
Fast forward a few months and Hayley was making slime and sharing with her friends at school. Then, she had an idea that she could upgrade her product and put it on sale. It was a hit! Soon, all of her friends were clamouring for her unique slime creations. Her aunt, Chantal, saw Hayley’s entrepreneurial spirit and on her 9th birthday gifted her with a Junior Entrepreneur Certificate which included her very own custom logo and the foundation she needed to start her own business. This was when Slime Bar truly took off! With the support of her family and manager/aunt, Slime Bar became a reality for Hayley in a short time.
As manager, Aunt Chantal did the heavy lifting on the business end and encouraged Hayley to continue to be the creative mind behind the product. Hayley’s product got popular pretty quickly and soon she was doing private parties (Slime Parties) for both adults and children, and her slime kits, with edible and fantastical names like Blueberry Whip, Caramel Corn, Honeycomb and Mermaid Tales, were being quickly sold out. She even had her own booth at Pricemart for Halloween in 2017 where they had the hefty task of preparing over 600 specialty Halloween-themed slime kits; most of which were sold out.
When SEA rolls around within the next year, the Standard Four pupil plans to take a small break to focus on her studies, after which, she boldly states that she wants to have a greater hand at learning the business side of operating Slime Bar. Her Aunt Chantal couldn’t be more proud to teach Hayley the skills of marketing and promotion as soon as she is ready. For now, she will continue to make personal orders and host Slime parties where she teaches everyone how to make slime. The enjoyment she has in making slime and teaching how to make slime will not wane anytime soon. Hayley, even at 9 years old believes that her success is due to believing in herself and her family believing in and supporting her. Her advice to other children who want to have something of their own is to ‘focus on what you want and if you work hard at it, anything is possible.’
To connect with Slime Bar, find them on Instagram @slimebar.tt, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: This article was originally written for, and published by CARE in the TT Guardian on Friday July 27th, 2018.
Omega is a freelance copy-editor and writer, who also finds time to blog about mom-life and writer-life on her blog: www.omegafrancis.com.