Many young entrepreneurs worked weeks to prepare for todays Lemonade Day sale because they were participating in the first ever Maine Lemonade Day sale. Home made stands were set up on many streets on the Hill as well as the Old Port. The event ran from noon today until 5 pm – or whenever the entrepreneurs ran out of lemonade to sell – whichever came first.
That’s what happened to Jai Morning. His parents and a friend, Carlos Braceras, helped him set up his Alien Lemonade stand in front of Colucci’s on North Street. Sales were so brisk that by 1 pm or so, Jai was sold out. He’d sold 2 1/2 gallons of the sweet drink at $1.00 per cup. In fact, he was packing up all of his equipment to go home. But he did say that he might do it again on his own sometime this summer because he’d had such a good time.
Over on Watervillel Street, Maxim Bailey, 8, had his own successful lemonade business well under way when mhn.com arrived. His younger brother, Cedric, 5, was assisting him. “I enjoy meeting new people and raising money for charity. The Red Cross is my charity. It gives money to places having disasters. Like Australia and Japan, said Maxim. Mom Sarah said this has been a wonderful experience for both sons. “Maxim had to put together a business plan, meet customers and investors (mom) and work hard to put it all together,” she said. “I was a little concerned about the weather, but it turned out beautifully,” she added.
“Everyone has a job on June 5th, Lemonade Day – you’re either selling or buying lemonade,” said Kate Krukowski Gooding, executive director of Lemonade Day Maine.
Lemonade Day has captured the imagination of kids and communities across the country. Just over 2,000 youth signed up for the first Lemonads Day in 2007 in Houston, Texas. In four short years it grew to over 38,000 youth in Houston and last May, nearly 68,000 youth participated in Lemonade Day in 14 cities.
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For more information, please visit maine.lemonadeday.org