Lots of kids build lemonade stands to raise a little extra money. It may go toward buying a new bike or video game, but few who aspire to profit from the sweet summertime time favorite take it seriously enough to get a business license like 5-year-old Tuskegee resident Alycia Leonard Amore.
The little entrepreneur with big ideas isn't growing her own business for herself, either. She's literally turning life's lemons into lemonade for those who have cleft palates, a birth defect that is caused when a baby's lip or mouth doesn't form properly during pregnancy.
Half of the profits from Alycia's business, called Lemon-aide A.M.O.R.E., are earmarked for a special cause that started after she saw SmileTrain, an organization that specializes in giving those with cleft palates a new smile.
For a dollar per cup, Alycia is quenching the thirst of customers at her grandmother's furniture store, and helping her fellow man. It's why her last name doubles as an acronym in her business title, "About Making Others Really Enamored".
Theresa Swain, Alycia's grandmother, says the pre-K business owner told her while helping around the store one day, "Grammy, you have your own business. I want my own business." What started with snacks to customers quickly bloomed with the girl bringing in $78, according to Swain.
If you would like to try her products, she's at her grandmother's store at 204 West Montgomery Road in Tuskegee everyday after school. She'll also make an appearance at All Macon County day on the Square the last weekend in May.
Donations can also be made to Alycia's cause by mailing them to
703 Ford Circle
Tuskegee, Alabama 36083
Alycia says she wants to make everyone happy with her tasty drinks and her reasons for going into business should bring smiles to a lot of faces.
ON THE WEB: http://www.smiletrain.org/
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