Ava Lewis, 3, had one simple choice when she decided to start a business: bracelets or lemonade. Without hesitation, she chose lemonade, according to ABC11.
The toddler charged 50 cents for a small cup and $1 for a large cup of lemonade.
When Ava was asked what she planned to do with the money she had earned, she said, “I want to help babies.” Specifically, Ava is interested in buying bottles and diapers for babies.
The lemonade stand is set up in front of The Lather Lounge Hair Studio. Ava’s mother, Maggie Lewis, has owned the beauty shop for 11 years now in Durham, North Carolina.
“In the beginning, I said ‘What do you wanna do with your money?’ She said, ‘I wanna pay the gas bill,” Maggie said. “I said lemme record you because when you get older. I want you to remember that you’re going to pay this gas bill,” she laughed.
Cancel the gas bill. The next decision was between lemonade and bracelets. Lemonade won.
Ava’s business is so successful that several customers approached her asking to buy the lemonade in gallon sizes.
Ava challenged her to see whose lemonade was better based on customer reaction, Maggie said.
“One lady jumped out the car and said ‘I wanna get a couple of gallons,'” Maggie said. “I got nervous right away and said ‘Ma’am this is a trial.’ One of my nieces said there’s no such thing as trial in Durham. You know everybody is gonna support us in the Bull City.”
One of their church members built the stand that is decked out with purple and yellow and supported by wheels.
Traffic was slow on her first business day. Ava began to feel down because of the lack of customers.
“There was a guy across the street who said, ‘Don’t worry I’m coming,'” Maggie said. “I said, ‘See Ava, hard work pays off! It’s hot out here. But you have to work hard for what you want.'”
People have been asking the 3-year-old for her CashApp information and driving from as far away as Greensboro, some 53 miles.
“She’s gonna take this to the next level! She always said ‘I am a winner,'” Maggie added. “That’s her favorite line. I let her know we were born to win!”