Sorry, Mr. Trump. It’s not personal. It’s business.

February 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm 2 comments

If you haven’t been following along, here’s the short of it: Shea is a young entrepreneur planning her Lemonade Day stand and her mom agreed to share her story with everyone. We’ve been posting her savvy business journey as she asks Donald Trump to set up her stand on his golf course, chooses to donate her proceeds to a charity dedicated to the memory of fallen police heroes, family and friends lost on 9/11, and reaches out to friends and family for help with marketing.

Lion & Bull & Lemonade….Oh MY!

Shea has been putting the recent snow-day school closings in Virginia to good use as she continues to work on the details of her business and marketing plan for her lemonade stand.  While exciting and fun, Shea continues to learn that having a lemonade stand comes with a lot of responsibility including making tough decisions.

As you know last week, with still no word from Mr. Trump, Shea was faced with making a critical business decision in finding an alternative location for her lemonade stand.  Remember Sam, the General Manager of their favorite restaurant bar & grill?  Well, after Shea spoke to Sam, the family sent a follow up e-mail and provided him with additional information on National Lemonade Day as well as the link to this blog covering Shea’s journey and outlining her charities (Twin Towers Initiative and National Law Enforcement Museum).  It didn’t take long for Sam to work his magic and deliver the good news (as the family walked in the restaurant on Friday) that Shea had officially landed a spot for her lemonade stand on the Lion & Bull Restaurant patio on May 1.   Furthermore, Shea has the full support of this establishment to make her lemonade stand a huge success not only for her but also the community.  It was an exciting moment for Shea (not to mention mom and dad, too).  She was even able to meet Mr. Miner, the restaurant owner.


Sorry, Mr. Trump.  It’s not personal.  It’s business.

Shea’s mom said, “I want to point out that while the positive news of an approved location for her stand was exciting, I think what is more exciting was to hear Sam and Mr. Miner talk about how they want to help and be involved in such a wonderful program that they didn’t know existed for children (until we gave them the info).  What more is that after speaking with Mr. Miner, we learned of his prior law enforcement history and his full support of Shea’s efforts for the charities she has chosen.  Just a feel good moment for all!”

Indeed! We here at Lemonade Day thank Shea and her family for spreading the lemonade love and being so passionate in their endeavors. We also salute Lion & Bull – especially Sam and Mr. Miner for all their support. And opening their doors to Shea.

Hey HAYMARKET, VIRGINIA … you know where to be on May 1.

Support Pours In from the Law Enforcement Community

Word of Shea’s participation in National Lemonade Day and her efforts to support the Twin Towers Initiative specifically for the National Law Enforcement Museum is spreading throughout the law enforcement community.

  • Ben Caperton, Founder of the Twin Towers Initiative, has posted information on National Lemonade Day as well as a link to the National Lemonade Day Blog covering Shea’s journey on the Twin Towers Initiative website under the “news” section: www.twintowersinitiative.com.
  • When Retired Police Officer Ken Cordo, of the Port Authority of NY & NJ Police Department, whose 37 colleagues perished on 9/11 and are among those honored by the TTI, learned of Shea’s efforts, he responded “It’s touching and gratifying that someone who was not even born yet is willing to make this effort so that our vow to ‘always honor, and never forget’ those lost on September 11, 2001 can go forward, generation by generation.”
  • Jal Ally, Retired Narcotics Police Officer with the Chicago Police Department said, “I dare anyone to taste Shea’s lemonade; it’s the best.”
  • In addition, Shea received a personal letter in the mail from Richie Herr, a Retired Detective of the Toms River, NJ Police Department with words of praise and encouragement for her participation in National Lemonade Day. Mr. Herr even sent a check to be the first to buy lemonade from Shea in advance of her May 1st sale.

T-SHIRTS!

Last week, the Shea and her mom worked with family friends from Houston who own Bull-Shirts of Houston on layout and design of t-shirts utilizing Shea’s lemonade logos she designed with their neighbor who is a graphic designer.


Get Your Lemon On t-shirts are officially on-sale!

Upcoming Plans – BUSY WEEK AGAIN

  • Shea has asked what chores she can do around the house that will earn her an allowance that she can put towards her Lemonade Day items.  Shea is now in charge of taking the recyclables out to the garage, which earns her an allowance of $2 per week.
  • Shea and mom are planning a trip to the dollar store, specifically for a pencil box that will be used to store checks, cash, and donations … acting kind of like a cash register.
  • Shea continues to work on “thank you” notes to those who continue to support her.
  • Mom and Shea will work on making a couple of different charts that will be used to track the number of cups of lemonade sold.
  • Mom, Shea and Sam to meet to go over ideas to make Shea’s Lemonade Stand a huge success at Lion & Bull.
  • Dad working on lemonade stand design and has now picked up the task of locating Lemon mascot costume.  Shea will send follow up letter to Ellen DeGeneres this week….remember, she was asked to come to stand dressed as lemon.
  • If time permits, Shea will send a personal letter to Donald Trump informing him of her business decision to secure alternative location, but will extend invite for him to attend new location.

We’re so excited about Shea’s stand and all the support from the community – both local in Virginia and from the national law enforcement community. You can help Shea, too – if you’re on twitter #ASKELLEN to support Shea’s stand and come dressed as a Lemon. She’s @TheEllenShow.

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