Recently, a tweet started circling around Savannah locals, claiming that someone had called the cops on two young girls for simply running a lemonade stand. While the cops were never actually "called," the real story, unfortunately, is even more ridiculous.
This summer, seven-year-old twins Kamari and Kamera had a great idea. The sisters, needing to raise money for dance team fees, decided to open a lemonade stand. With the help of their parents Charnise Anderson and Q.L., they built a yellow and red wooden structure, dubbed it the TWIN-monade stand, and went to work selling a few flavors of lemonade to passersby near Skidaway and Victory.
On June 2, one of those passersby was City of Savannah Police Officer Rodheem Greene. The Savannah-native ordered a large lemonade and snapped a photo with the twins that eventually made its way to the Savannah Police Department’s Facebook page.
The photo has since received two thousands "likes" and hundreds of comments. While most Facebook users commented on the twins’ matching outfits and entrepreneurial spirits, a few questioned the legality of their business.
One Facebook user wrote, "Hope they have a license to sell. Not trying to put a downer on anybody but some people would crush their little business."
The responses ranged from name-calling (Karen and Permit Patty) to those who suggested the twins must have had the "necessary requirements," since an officer stopped to purchase from them. The conversation became especially heated when another Facebook user compared the situation to another: "It was negative when the little white kid had to shut hers down because she didnt have a peddlers license... "
The twins’ parents watched as the comment thread continued to gain momentum. "There was no need for us to even comment back," said father of the twins, Q. L. "Everybody else was doing it for us, and the post blew up."
In the following days, a family friend helped the twins and their parents complete necessary paperwork to register TWIN-monade as an official LLC. They also branded the company with stickers for the cups, a new backdrop for the lemonade stand, and even more flavors. They now sell red raspberry, coconut, watermelon, pink lemonade, regular lemonade, grape/purple passion, blue raspberry, cotton candy, pineapple and more.
As word spread online, TWIN-monade saw a big boom in business. They’ve been booked for events at local daycares and expanded to offer delivery options as well. Not only did Kamari and Kamera pay their dance team fees, they were able to purchase themselves their first cell phones, which Q.L. says might have gone to their heads a little.
"One of them missed a call yesterday and it was like the end of the world," he said, laughing. "I was like, ‘who even has your phone number?’"
That should be the end of the story, but it’s not. Weeks later, Q.L. says he received word from an employee of the City of Savannah that two women were calling the office, trying to get TWIN-monade shut down.
"She let us know that Savannah requires a city license as well as a state license," said Q.L., declining to name the employee who shared this information. "She told me, ‘these women know that because they keep calling me and saying they don't have a city license and you need to shut them down.’"
"So I got the application from the city, filled it out, and paid the $85," he added. "Hopefully that’s the end of it."
While Kamari and Kamera somewhat understand how popular they’ve become online, Q.L. says they know nothing of the negative comments or phone calls to the city.
"Honestly, they just want to dance," he said. "In every interview, they just tell someone to follow them on TikTok or Instagram."
Follow the twins @twinmonade_a.