These mischievous shenanigans end in candy and happinessJan 30, 2023 02:49PM ● By Alisha Copfer
Bubba sits with his mom, Denise Garza, reading the internet about his current favorite thing: clowns. Photo by Alisha Copfer
At first glance, Raxon “Bubba” Garza is a typical, active 5-year-old. Bubba, who is always smiling and making new friends, likes pizza, ice cream, donuts, candy, clowns and, most of all, eggs. But once he starts talking about all his ideas, people begin to understand his entrepreneurial spirit. “His mind will get him far,” said Denise Garza, Bubba’s mom.
But the story starts with Bubba causing trouble, as most young children do. Bubba’s shenanigans all got started with eggs. The whole family loves eggs, from scrambled to “yolk eggs.” The problem was that Bubba would frequently get into trouble with these eggs, including throwing them off of the balcony. Garza wanted a way to help Bubba understand the cost of his destructive ways. The pair sat down and decided how Bubba could help pay for items that had been broken.
“It started with a 4-year-old boy that wanted to bring laughter to your home,” says Bubba’s website sneakybubba.com. “From his egg cooking skills and breaking item schemes, he needed to figure out how to repay for his skills. He put his ideas to work and started to be good. He wanted to bring joy to others while being one sneaky kid. Things moved quickly, and word got around. Sneaky Bubba started to create things for all ages around.”
The business idea started with hiding eggs for Easter parties around his neighborhood. Bubba, with the help of his family, would fill plastic eggs with toys and candy and then hide them around people’s yards. “I’m sneaky because I sneak around putting eggs in people’s yards,” said Bubba about his nickname Sneaky Bubba.
Soon, however, the egg idea became suckers, cotton candy and candied apples. “We started with the Children’s Market because we didn’t really know what we were doing,” said Garza. Bubba and his family have now branched out into other farmer’s markets around Davis County. In July 2022, Bubba helped with the Love Hard charity market, where he donated half of his earnings to the charity.
Bubba consults with his mom about what he wants to sell, packages the suckers and other candy, puts stickers on merchandise and creates personalized cards. Bubba lets his dad make all the cotton candy while Garza handles scheduling all the events. Garza helps Bubba understand that when he behaves at these shows and helps clean up, he gets a portion of the revenues to buy toys and things he wants.
Garza encourages Bubba to support other businesses that might sell similar products. “If he supports them, they will support him, and there’s no need for anybody to tear anyone else down,” said Garza. “We can be powerful alone but unstoppable together.”
Garza has always helped Bubba with his business; they even have goal and marketing meetings. While these meetings can be challenging with a 5-year-old, Bubba has some great ideas. “I want to make $600,000 this year,” said Bubba. His other marketing ideas include purchasing a storefront with a drive through “so busy moms don’t have to get out of the car,” said Bubba. “Oh, and there will be a playground.”
“If people could meet Bubba, their lives would be happier and more joyful; he truly is a one-of-a-kind kid,” said Garza. “He does not miss a beat.”