Anabelle Lockwood's Lemonade Stand
Short Version: Anabelle & The Loco Lemon are going legit and need to raise funds to upgrade her cart and get proper permits and licenses so she can expand her gourmet lemonade stand business. :)
Long Version: It all started on a hot summer day in June... Anabelle spent the night before squeezing lemons and rendering berry sauce. The next day we wheeled out the cart her dad had made her for her 10th birthday, and set up near our home. We were amazed at the amount of people who stopped by to try her lemonade. She was on cloud 9 and super excited to try again the following weekend.
3 days later we got a letter from our HOA telling us it was "a safety hazard" and she was forbidden to set up her stand again in our townhome complex. At first we were seriously bummed... we spent so much time on the stand, and we still had 8 lbs of lemons left.
Anabelle and I decided to post on our FB to see if any of our friends had a home we could setup at. The response was overwhelming! We setup the next weekend at a home, then a farm, then a fireworks stand. Sold out each day!
That's when we knew were were on to something...and The Loco Lemon was born! Anabelle has worked her little tush off this summer, creating a quality gourmet product and building relationships with families and businesses in our community. She has setup her lemonade stand for charities, too. (children's cancer research and homeless services) She squeezes every lemon, and tests every fresh-fruit flavor. Her hard work is finally paying off! She has been asked to cater local Fountain Valley events and even weddings. (She hasn't actually done any yet, but she wants to!) The only setback is now that she has become "popular", she's on the radar...she now needs to be permitted with the OC Health Department. After going back and forth with them, they have agreed to issue a permit, but with certain conditions that have to be met in a timely manner:
1. She needs to upgrade her cart to get it up to commercial standards, in order to pass the inspection.
2. She needs to make the lemonade in a licensed facility. Licensed kitchens require: Liability insurance, a business license, a deposit and an hourly or monthly fee for use.
3. She needs commercial grade dispensers and bottles.
The total cost to get her started is approximately $3,500 and about $500/year after that. Whew! As a small business owner myself, I know that this isn't much to start a potentially successful business. But to a 10 year old, it seems like a million. We are asking all of our friends, family and supporters to donate what you can... and in exchange, we have some great prizes available.
(Please note: The permit itself is around $200. It's all the "commercial grade" stuff that she needs in order to pass the inspection to GET the permit. We aren't trying to get an EXEMPTION, we understand that she needs to be permitted just like any other food vendor. In fact, we welcome the permit, that way she never has to turn down a potential job again!)
This isn't just another business venture... it's becoming a life lesson for a young ambitious entreprenuer. She will be able to do so much more in the community as well as at charity and school events to help others. She's extremely passionate about her business, and we are so proud of her for creating something that so many others can enjoy!
The people in our little city of Fountain Valley, CA have been nothing short of supportive and encouraging! We are so thankful to be a part of this community. :)
We appreciate you!
PS: To those of the naysayers who think a kid should just stick to powdered lemonade, paper cups and a card table... That's just not how she rolls. She got lucky having a dad that can build cool stuff and a mom that is in marketing. Kids can do BIG things if they work hard. We've taught her, if you're going to do something, do it well. That is what sets her apart, and that is why she's got such a big following. She's a visionary and wants to inspire other kids to do big things, too!
This is so cool! Where abouts is the lemonade stand located? Also, if she is interested in fundraising as well, there is a local foundation that started in Huntington Beach, CA called the McKenna Claire Foundation, it funds research for pediatric brain cancer. Each year in the month of August they have a fund raiser event called "Stand Up and Shine" and kids all around the US (particularly in our area, because McKenna was a H.B. Girl) hold lemonade stands and the proceeds go toward DIPG (a especially deadly pediatric tumor) research. My kids do it almost every year, and I donate part of my earnings throughout the year.... If this is something she might be interested in being involved with, please check it out! www.mckennaclairefoundation.org Keep up the good work!
This is insanity and he voting age adults of Fountain Valley should be ASHAMED of themselves for this. ... not her effort, mind you, but that a Govt entity would force a CHILD who CANNOT legally enter into a contract... to enter into a contract with and insurance company and the State for "it's" cut of the action. DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE TAXES, KID, THEY WILL SOON BECOMING FOR THAT TOO.