Trendsetter to Know: 16-Year-Old Entrepreneur Dylan Capshaw

Name: Dylan Capshaw

Facebook: @Stemistryaz

Instagram: @Stemistryaz


Age: 16

Title: CEO / Founder

City you live in: Scottsdale

A typical day in my life includes… keeping everyday as structured as I can, as I find that to be the key to productive days.

I wake up at 4am and workout until 5:30 to get myself awake, then spend about 30 minutes doing some early work and catching up on anything not done from the day before. I leave the house at 6:30 and head to Stemistry to talk with my team and brief them on the day. Then I head off to school, where I balance schoolwork and actual work to about a 50/50 ratio. I leave school at 2:30 and have helicopter pilot practice at 3. I like pushing myself out of my comfort zone. After practice I head to get some work done at my Phoenix location, then I have any meetings I scheduled for the day. Once I’m fully caught up I stock up my Sanitation Station vending machines with extra product. I normally get home at about 7:30pm.

I was born… in Scottsdale, Arizona

My favorite thing about Arizona… Is the amazing nature and rich history. My favorite place to visit whenever I have some free time is Goldfield Ghost Town to learn about the Superstition Mountains and the history of Arizona gold.

I’m listening to… Youtube videos on how to run a business.

My family… is extremely supportive of all of my endeavors. My mom helps give me business advice when I’m stuck in a situation and my dad helps with all of the heavy lifting.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… Mark Cuban. I’ve always looked up to Mark Cuban as a role model. I was so honored when a few months back he reached out to me to congratulate me on Stemistry and to offer his advice on how to keep growing.

One thing I cannot live without… is my wonderful staff. I am so lucky to have gotten such an amazing team at Stemistry that shares the same vision I do.

When I was younger, I wanted to be… an entrepreneur and a politician.

I’m inspired by… Other young people who take the initiative on their goals/dreams at a young age instead of waiting until they are an adult. When you are a kid people encourage you to dream big and tell you that you can do anything. As you get older, people tell you to dream realistically and often your goals can get diminished. 

The one person who motivates me is… my mom. I watch her grow her business and prove nothing is impossible which motivates me to do the same.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… The traditional career mentality. Don’t get stuck living your life how you don’t want to live it. Afterall, you’ve only got 28,835 days on Earth and I’d like to spend mine having fun.

The perfect day would be… brainstorming new ideas and bringing one to life.

My first job was… technically my wildlife rescue I started at age 11. It still runs and currently I take care of over 70 exotic animals such as kangaroos, capybaras, kinkajous, and more. However the first job I had where I really had to work hard was in the early days of Stemistry when it was just an online store. During the height of Covid I would finish online school and run to my garage where I would be boxing live flower orders deep into the night, normally 6-7 hours of boxing orders without a break.

My favorite escape… is definitely not a vacation. I tend to get stressed being away from all of my commitments here, plus I miss all Arizona has to offer. I really enjoy spending time outside or gold prospecting out in the Arizona wilderness.

My life… is everchanging, something I strongly value. If you told last year’s me, someone deathly afraid of heights, that I would be flying helicopters my Junior year of high school I would have thought you were crazy. I like always mixing things up and doing trying to do something out of my comfort zone whenever I can.

I’m currently working on… my second location of Stemistry, coming to Heritage Square in Downtown Phoenix. It’s a big project that I’m just beginning but I can’t wait to see it where it takes me.

Always… be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but paddling like crazy underneath.

Never… think you’ve learned it all. There are constantly ways to improve.

Favorite Quote… “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain 

Biggest Dream… One day getting into politics and enacting real change, as well as growing a business to a nationwide name.

My Pet Peeve… is someone changing their values for someone else. Always stay true to yourself.

Bio-on yourself/company: 

Personal Bio: Dylan Capshaw is a 16 year old entrepreneur and environmental activist living in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dylan is the President of two non-profits, For the Frontline and Capshaw Wildlife. For the Frontline is a disaster relief response team Dylan assembled that uses 3D printers to print PPE equipment to then ship around the world to people or places in need. Capshaw Wildlife is an exotic animal sanctuary Dylan runs that is home to over 75 animals such as wallabies, porcupines, capybaras, and more. His work and dedication in these foundations led to his international media attention including his nomination in Nickelodeon and Time Magazine’s first ever Kid of The Year competition in 2020, where Dylan was a finalist. On March 1st Dylan opened Stemistry, a flower bar and coffee lab in North Scottsdale, making him the youngest brick-and-mortar store owner in the country. Dylan’s passion for Scottsdale also landed him in the Mayor’s Youth Council, where he works closely with the Mayor on ways to improve Scottsdale. More can be found at

Company Bio: Stemistry is a trendy Flower Bar and Coffee Lab focused on innovative drinks and affordable flowers. Stemistry’s Coffee Lab blurs the line between flowers and coffee creating unique drinks never seen before. Their Build Your Own Bouquet Bar allows customers to utilize creativity and assemble their own bouquet with help from florists on staff and inspiration around the store. Stemistry also has a breakfast and lunch menu as well as a full pastry menu filled with locally made baked goods. Redefining norms is Stemistry’s specialty.

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