County officials shut down a 10-year-old girl’s lemonade stand because it lacked a permit, liability insurance, a cart and containers that met commercial standards.
Officials in Orange County, California, want Anabelle Lockwood to spend $3,500 to reopen the “gourmet lemonade” stand she calls the Loco Lemon, KTLA reported. The stand was shut down by Orange County health inspectors after they found Anabelle selling pink and yellow lemonade on the street in Fountain Valley, California. She also sells other “gourmet” flavors, such as peach and watermelon.
The $3,500 would pay for a commercial cart, liability insurance, a business license and a permit, a Go Fund Me page indicates.
“I always wanted to have a lemonade stand,” Anabelle told KTLA. “All my friends were talking about it and I thought it was a good idea.”
The $3,500 Lemonade Stand
Anabelle’s dad built the stand, which first operated at her family’s townhome. When the homeowner’s association declared the Loco Lemon a safety hazard, Anabelle took her business to neighbors’ homes and to the streets. That was when county officials noticed and gave her 30 days to comply with regulations.
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“Anabelle has worked her little tush off this summer, creating a quality gourmet product and building relationships with families and businesses in our community,” the Go Fund Me Page states. “She has set up 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!”
The Go Fund Me page says the county is requiring that Anabelle:
— “upgrade her cart to get it up to commercial standards, in order to pass the inspection.”
— “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.”
— get “commercial grade dispensers and bottles.”
To learn more about her or to donate, click here. Those in Southern California can receive lemonade in exchange for donations. As of September 14, the campaign to save the lemonade stand had raised $3,270.
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