‘Sweet and tangy’: Roanoke 7-year-old shines with successful lemonade business

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR)– You’ve heard the saying, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. That’s what one young Star City resident did during the pandemic.

What started as an idea turned into a small business for 7-year-old Judah Clements.

“We live across the street from a soccer field and Judah saw a team out there playing and parents were there watching. And it was a hot day and they had nothing to drink,” said Judah’s mother, Melissa Clements.

“I thought we should make a lemonade stand, but unfortunately it was the last game of the season. So my dad said next year and in 2020, we will make it have a lemonade stand and then COVID happened,” said Judah.

However, that didn’t stop Judah.

“I was pretty bummed, and then we figured out we can do an online business,” said Judah.

With some hard work, creativity, and a little help from his family, Judah was able to bottle and manufacture Judah Bug Lemonade.

“We tried a lot of lemonade samples, and then we found the right one,” said Judah.

“We are about a year in now and the job is going well,” said Melissa. “It’s gone way different than we thought initially. It was just going to be family and friends and a little small thing, and he is now in several restaurants.”

One of those restaurants is FarmBurguesa in southwest Roanoke.

“People love his lemonade. I mean, you come in here and you have a burger with the lemonade. It tastes amazing,” said  Kat Pascal, co-owner of Farmburguesa.

WFXR’s Hazelmarie Anderson tries theFarmburguesa Inferno Burger with Judah Bug Lemonade.

Judah is a social entrepreneur, so not only are you quenching your thirst when you purchase a bottle of Judah Bug Lemonade, but you’re also helping your community.

“So a portion of proceeds are going to Angels of Assisi and Mill Mountain Zoo,” said Melissa.

“Because I love animals,” said Judah.

Due to his passion for animals, Judah is a Zoo ambassador at Mill Mountain Zoo.

The question is, where does he see his business in the future?

“I wanted to grow bigger, a lot bigger,” Judah said.

In fact, Judah is the youngest entrepreneur to be accepted into the Gauntlet Program. The Gauntlet gives business start-ups the chance to pitch their idea to a panel of judges for a chance to win funds.

If you want to pick up a bottle of Judah Bug Lemonade you can purchase them online, or stop in at FarmBurguesa, Elderberry, Gardener’s Frozen Treats, or Mill Mountain Zoo. To keep up with Judah and all his endeavors, click here.

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