Curious About: Lemonade Stands
Are lemonade stands worth the squeeze?
I always stop at lemonade stands. Even if it is the parents that do most of the work, I love the entrepreneurial spirit and courage it takes for kids to stand outside on a sweltering summer day and offer to quench passerby's thirst for a buck or two. And it's especially endearing when the kids are donating the money to a charity or a cause that's important to them.
So HOW has the classic lemonade stand evolved over time?
- Thank your forefathers. The inception of today's lemonade stands dates back to the 1880s as a summer activity for kids to make money.
- Sour lemonade. These days, there seems to be a sad viral story about a kid's lemonade stand being shutdown for some silly reason every summer. This year's scandal took place when an officer in London made a 5 year old girl cry after charging her with a fine for operating her lemonade stand near a festival.
- Closer to home the ridiculousness continues. In Austin, Texas, lemonade stands technically fall under the city's code for temporary food establishments requiring permits for food storage and sanitizing equipment. Zoning and child labor laws related to lemonade stands have a long history in America.
- On the flip side, one of the most notable lemonade stands for a cause was Alex's Lemonade Stand that eventually turned into Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. When she was 4 years old, Alex declared she wanted to start a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for children with cancer.
- When asked what our first job was, many of us don't harp back to our lemonade stand days. But, Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin, co-founders of The Skimm, attest their work hard ingenuity to their first lemonade businesses.
- Celebrities, they're just like us, right? Scores of celebs, like Bruce Willis, Naomi Watts and Sarah Michelle Gellar, have supported their kids in lemonade stand dreams.
- While part of the fun of lemonade stands is branding your own 'storefront,' Amazon offers a professional look for your lemonade stand. Maybe a hand drawn sign will be a unique selling proposition soon.
But do any lemonade stands take Venmo or Square? Because that would be a sweet deal breaker. I always feel bad when I don't have cash when passing by a lemonade stand.
What are you curious about? Leave a comment & let me know.
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