Lemonade stand

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A roadside lemonade stand in Georgia, July 1975, also selling squash and cucumbers.
A professional vendor in New Orleans.

A lemonade stand is a business that is commonly owned and operated by a child or children, to sell lemonade. The concept has become iconic of youthful summertime Americana[1] to the degree that parodies and variations on the concept exist across media. The term may also be used to refer to stands that sell similar beverages like iced tea.[2]

The stand may be a folding table, while the archetypical version is custom-made out of plywood or cardboard boxes.[3][4] A paper sign on front advertises the lemonade stand.

Educational benefits[edit]

Lemonade stands are often viewed as a way to have children experience business at a young age, to plant the idea of earning money, economy freedom, and teamwork.[3] Meanwhile, unlike a real business, they benefit from free labor and rent, lack of expenses, and the "love" from adults.[3]


In some areas, lemonade stands are usually in technical violation of several laws, including operation without a business license, lack of adherence to health codes, and sometimes child labor laws.[5]

Prosecutions of lemonade stand operations are extremely rare, but have been known to occur, typically to public outcry.[1] As an example, a child's lemonade stand was shut down in the town of Overton, Texas in June 2015. When the mother tried to get a permit, she was told she would be required to have her kitchen inspected.[6]


The business simulation game Lemonade Stand was produced for the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium in 1973; it was later popularized on the Apple II in 1979.

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  1. ^ a b Hayes, Kevin. "Lemonade Stand Shut Down by Food Inspectors; County Chair Apologizes". CBS News. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Cox, Doug. "Lemonade stand economics". Pryor Daily Times. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Aileron. "Are Lemonade Stands Good Training For Entrepreneurs?". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-04-20. 
  4. ^ Capotosto, Rosario; Wicks, Harry (August 1979). "Build the best lemonade stand on your block". Popular Mechanics. 152 (2): 86, 87, 129–131. 
  5. ^ Police in Ga. shut down girls' lemonade stand. Associated Press. Retrieved 2011-07-16.
  6. ^ "Police Shut Down Girls' Lemonade Stand for Ridiculous Reason". yahoo.com.