Lemonade stand

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For other uses, see Lemonade stand (disambiguation).
Lemonade stand 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 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.[1][2]

The archetypical version is made out of plywood or cardboard boxes; a paper sign on front advertises the lemonade stand.


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.


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.[3] Prosecutions of lemonade stand operations are extremely rare, but have been known to occur, typically to public outcry.

In June 2015, a Yahoo news article reported that a child's lemonade stand was shut down in the town of Overton, Texas. When the mother tried to get a permit, she was told she would be required to have her kitchen inspected.[4]

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  1. ^ Cox, Doug. "Lemonade stand economics". Pryor Daily Times. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Hayes, Kevin. "Lemonade Stand Shut Down by Food Inspectors; County Chair Apologizes". CBS News. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Police in Ga. shut down girls' lemonade stand. Associated Press. Retrieved 2011-07-16.
  4. ^ https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/police-shut-down-girls-lemonade-stand-for-121207241667.html?soc_src=mail&soc_trk=ma