THERE’S SOMETHING INEXPLICABLY grassroots wonderful about a kid and a lemonade stand.
Last week, 11-year-old Cooper Soderberg decided he wanted to earn a little money for a new computer and also contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project. Half of his profits are going to help soldiers’ families.
So he and his grandma dug a handcrafted Kool-Aid stand—the one his mom used 37 years ago—out of her basement, spruced it up and set up a snack shop. His first day open on Division Street near the Faribault Senior Center, Cooper made $30. He got lots of tips.
Thursday evening he parked his stand at Central Park for the weekly Concerts in the Park performance. Business didn’t appear especially brisk. But that didn’t seem to phase this young entrepreneur vending lemonade, chips and candy.
I interviewed him and photographed him. Then, after I shot my last frame, Cooper strode over and shook my hand, a sure sign of a confident businessman destined for success.
BONUS PHOTOS from the concert:
FYI: Click here to read an earlier post about the artists who were part of the July 23 Concerts in the Park evening.
© Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
That lemonade cart is exceptionally cool. But did you notice something about the wheels? They are “baby buggy” wheels. Back when I was a boomer kid, there were a lot of baby buggies and oh, when they were abandoned, we descended upon them like ravenous vultures to build “chugs” (push go-carts).
Love the bonus photos.
Nope, I didn’t notice the wheels. But I’m glad you did. This is a great addition to this story.
Every kid I grew up with still keeps a sharp eye out for those wheels. Boards and nails, you can find. Curtain rods for axles, you can pilfer (mom, I still deny it was me who took the rods from the living room) but wheels, they were like gold.
Alright, Greg, you need to write a post on this. You already have several sentences written. I will be waiting…
A very special event made even more so by all the others who participated “off stage”!!!!!! Love the lawn chair couple and the “Lemon Aide” stand (that was Mom’s!!!!).
I loved that part, too, that Mom once used this stand.
I’m so happy to see that there are still kids out there who are willing to do something to not only make money for something they want but also to help others out. I hope this young man is as successful as I think he will be. I do notice that the 25 cents we charged has gone up though haha.
I agree 100 percent with your thoughts on Cooper.
Fun post about a great young entrepreneur. That is what it is all about and I guarantee that this young man is going places. 🙂 Even if he has a quirky way of spelling lemonade. I suspect that is why it is in quotes. Favorite pic has to be the dog in the post. Perfect.
Yes, I think you’re correct on that spelling.
How SWEET Is That – love the story of the Cart 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing – Happy Day – Enjoy!
Yeah, it’s a great story isn’t it? I knew as soon as I saw this stand that there was a story.
You dont see the lemonade stands around as much anymore, and this one is the coolest I’ve ever seen with the wheels and all. Even better that he is sharing in his proceeds, God bless that little boy and his goodness!
You’re right. Lemonade stands aren’t as common as they once were and I suppose because of safety and other issues.
Cooper so has his heart in the right place, doesn’t he?
Fabulous photos, dear!
That little boy may be the next Donald Trump. NOOOO! Scratch that!
Love the dog, too! xx
Whew, glad you scratched the Donald Trump comparison. It was great to meet such a fine young businessman.