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 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.

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] Despite this, prosecutions of lemonade stand operations are extremely rare, and when lemonade stands are shut down by authorities, the events can make national headlines in the country it occurred.[citation needed] They create news reports portraying examples of governmental authorities overstepping their responsibilities.[citation needed]


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]


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

A similar game, Lemonade Tycoon, revolves around being a child selling lemonade during the summer and trying to make revenue. The game was made by Hexacto in 2003.

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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