Basin Business: Local 18-year-old owns and operates her own food truck


ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) 18-year-old Crystal Ortega just graduated from Odessa high school. She’s planning on going to college for nursing, but currently she’s an entrepreneur who runs her own food truck.

Crystal owns Cystal’s Crepes & Coffee, a food truck that travels around the Permian Basin providing sweet treats.

“I get to be creative with it,” says Ortega. “I’m a creative person, so I like to make my own stuff with it.”

At the food truck, you can get anything from Nutella crepes, to s’mores stuffed, and kiwi blast just to name a few.

But this venture popped up out of nowhere for Crystal. She just wanted a job last summer, and got hired by the original owner of the truck.

“Andy, he had different plans, and then he offered it to me,” says Ortega. “He saw potential in me.”

Now she’s taken the business over with her family’s help. Starting this weekend you’ll see the truck at different locations and local events.

“I’m proud of her for doing something like this, says Crystal’s mom Lori. “She does it with love.”

If you’re trying for the first time, Crystal has a suggestion.

“The purple rain. It’s cream cheese, blackberry preservatives, and whipped cream.”

This weekend Crystal’s Crepes and Coffee is offering a 15 percent discount for all college and high school graduates.

For more on Crystal’s Crepes & Coffee and to checkout some of the items, click here.

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