11-year-old boy turns an interest into business

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Kayden Ptak is not your average 11-year-old boy.

“My business is called Tie Dye Bros. and we specialize in athletic socks, business socks and baby onesies and dog bandannas,” he said.

You heard it right; he did say business.

One day Kayden and his dad made a pair of tie dye socks together.

His dad wore them to the gym and they got a lot of attention.

In fact, people wanted to buy some for themselves.

“I decided to make a business after that,” Kayden said.

The timing was just right, as a particular incentive inspired Kayden to explore the option of making a profit

“At the time we were talking about getting a new dog and we said ‘hey if you want a new dog you’ve got to either pick up after it or buy it yourself’. He said ‘okay I’ll buy my own dog’,” his father, Jeffrey Ptak, said.

And he didn’t waste any time.

Kayden had success right off the bat, selling out his first time at a local farmer’s market.

His father, a professional volleyball player, is on one of the teams Kayden sells to.

“There’s a lot of teams around the U.S. which is pretty amazing, having them contact us to have him outfit them,” he said.

The prices range from $8-10 as a strategy to keep up with competition.

But Kayden isn’t really worried about that.

“I think I’m more competition for them because I’m younger,” he said.

A young, determined entrepreneur in fact.

He is a part of a close family in touch with their creative side, nursing a growing business and family bond.

“It feels like incredible. I didn’t imagine that my business would get like popular this quick,” Kayden said.

“It makes you feel really good that we did something right. You know, he’s not out causing trouble. I think it’s been cool because we’ve traveled the world and he’s extremely cultured and he has a different mindset than most kids. He’s a very unique boy and we love him,” Jeffrey Ptak said.

See Kayden’s shop here.

A couple stores in Fort Wayne have shown interest in Kayden’s products.


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