Two teenage entrepreneurs celebrated the opening of their summer lemonade stand, Sugar Daddy’s Lemonade, Monday, June 12.
Dylan Squiers, of Nobleboro, and Dawson French, of Damariscotta, opened the stand in front of Mediterranean Kitchen at 189 Main St. in Damariscotta. Squiers and French will be seniors at Lincoln Academy in the fall.
The idea for the business arose out of the boys’ desire to be their own bosses.
“We wanted to do our own thing and start a business for ourselves,” Squiers said. He is good friends with Mediterranean Kitchen owner Nick Maragoudakis, who let them set up next to the restaurant.
The original idea was to sell snow cones, but Squiers and French decided to start with lemonade due to the low startup costs. They hope to one day add snow cones to the business.
The lemonade is made by Squiers from a “secret recipe.”
“Someone told us it’s the best-tasting lemonade they’ve ever had,” French said.
A 16-ounce glass of lemonade costs $1.50. Squiers said they plan to offer more sizes in the future.
The stand will be open “every weekend for sure” and sometimes on weekdays, Squiers said. A Facebook page for the business is in the works.
The response on opening day has been very positive from both residents and tourists alike, the business partners said.
“It’s been great to get to talk to the tourists and locals and hear their stories,” Squiers said.
“It’s been fun, and we’re pretty excited,” French said.