A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

When you see this, stop and buy a cup

Written May 21st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Hope, 11, and her 2-year-old sister, Naomi, took time out from their lemonase business to pose for a photo Saturday.

In a spring marked by dismal news on the economic front, things may be looking up. On Saturday afternoon I came across a kids’ lemonade stand. It was the first one I had seen this year, and I took it as a sign of hope.

This was was in Albany, on the Fourth Avenue bridge across the Santiam Canal, right next to Vine Street.

There, as you can see in the photo above, 11-year-old Hope and her little sister Naomi were waiting for customers for their “3 lemonade” and pomegranate and guava “super juice.” (That’s if I correctly interpreted the sign they had made.)

Their dad, Jake Thompson, told me the girls’ brother, 5-year-old Jax, had been part of the enterprise too. But things were slow and he got bored and went into the house.

Dad said Hope would like to get an iPad, and her parents encouraged the idea of maybe trying to earn some money toward that goal.

That part of Fourth Avenue does not get vast amounts foot traffic, I imagine. But the Thompson house is next door, so what are you going to do?

It takes work to set up an enterprise like this, even if your mom and dad help, but it also takes a brave kid to stand out there, face strangers, and hope to make a sale. So, when you see kids who went to the trouble to set up a lemonade stand in front of their house, stop and buy something.

That half-empty cup you see on their table is mine. With the photo taken, I finished my drink. And excellent lemonade is what it was. (hh)

13 responses to “When you see this, stop and buy a cup”

  1. Gordon L. Shadle says:

    No good deed goes unpunished.

    Did they get a temporary merchant license? City law requires an application and the payment of a license “fee” (tax).

    Albany Municipal Code 5.10


    Don’t shake your head. It happened in Portland. Local government at its finest….


    • John Hartman says:

      Wait just one moment. We currently are faced with the most corrupt and criminal former president of the US and he’s not facing any real consequences for what he did and continues to do. Why then should these wonderful youngsters be forced to face the heavy hand of the law. They didn’t drink the Kool-Aid. They made it. Give peace a chance.

      • Al Nyman says:

        Gee. The Biden’s are the biggest crooks in US history but John Kerry’s step son was also on the board of directors for Burisma making a cool million a year along with Mr. Clean also know as Hunter Biden. I think the Dementia Joe era will end with his resignation after he pardons his brother and son.

        • hj.anony1 says:

          BS … Now go back to Faux News and the like.

          • Al Nyman says:

            Do you ever have any facts to support your answer other than you watch CNN. Perhaps you noticed when they had Michael Avenatti on there 145 times or the lying Clapper and Brennan who under oath said they had no knowledge of the Trump/Russian collusion after telling the CNN audience for years that they had absolute proof! Quit hiding behind anonymous so we can see who the liar really is.

    • Ray Kopczynski says:

      As with most ordinances enforcement, they are “complaint driven.” So feel free to make one. Oh – wait! I forgot… You have zero standing in this issue (or with any other).

      • Gordon L. Shadle says:

        Councilor #1: I move that the Albany Municipal Code be amended by adding paragraph 5.10.1 that says

        “You will not need a temporary merchant license if you are a child less than the age of 18 operating a stand that sells beverages and is located on private property with the permission of the private property owner.”

        Councilor #2: Second.

        Mayor calls a vote: 6-0. So moved.

        Problem solved.

        • Ray Kopczynski says:

          It’s a problem only in your mind – regardless of your whining…

    • Bob Woods says:

      Gordon, stick it where the Super Juice doesn’t shine.

      Are you human, really???

  2. Cheryl Watts says:

    Love this! My Grandbabies bringing home the bacon!

  3. Joanna S says:

    Thanks for a bright spot in the day, Hasso!

  4. Emma says:

    Good job!


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