13-year-old runs popular lemonade stand in Lynchburg

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — When life gave him lemons, one 13-year-old started a lemonade stand and it has become a popular stop in Lynchburg.

Whipping up lemonade and snow cones are just two things Leeland Dwyer is learning from his lemonade stand.

“Nothing is free in this world and the people in this community are definitely a lot nicer than you’d think they’d be,” Leeland said.

Almost three years ago, Leeland’s parents gave him the tools to start the stand so he could purchase a video game console.

“They got me a table, lemonade, a pitcher. It started off like that,” said Leeland.

In the midst of a pandemic, Leeland has been learning the ups and downs of owning a business, saying, “This year, I really started investing in it, buying canopies, a lot more things.”

According to Leeland’s mother, Vanesa Dwyer, “It teaches savings and it teaches money management. That’s a big one because he has to be able to rebuy the supplies going into it.”

He’s made thousands of dollars and now wants to give back to first responders in Lynchburg.

“I think with the pandemic, it’s showing community support, especially this year with the pandemic,” said Vanessa. “We’ve had police officers stop and just hang out with him.”

“With everything that’s been happening, they’ve been getting a lot of hate,” Leeland added. “I think it’d be a good idea to go support them and show that they are still supported.”

Next week, he plans to gift them with lunch as a thank you.

Leeland’s Lemonade Stand is located at 1000 Sandusky Drive. He’s there Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and sometimes on weekends.

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