Saratoga County boy reopens lemonade stand year after forced shutdown

July 26, 2019 06:38 PM

An 8-year-old boy's lemonade stand is open for business a year after it was temporarily shut down by the state Health Department.

NewsChannel 13 brought you the story of Brendan Mulvaney last summer. His stand was shuttered after a health inspector said he needed a permit to sell 75-cent lemonade.


State officials said vendors at the nearby Saratoga County Fairgrounds had complained about the competition.

The Health Department later apologized and said the permit requirement is usually not enforced against children's lemonade stands.

NewsChannel 13 stopped by the stand on Friday to see how Brendan's business is doing.

"We got pink lemonade. We got regular lemonade and here we got some water," said Brendan.

Brendan shared his thoughts on the Department of Health's interference last year.

"I was like that's harsh. That's harsh. Really harsh. Really, really harsh," said Brendan.

Others agreed and several politicians stepped in to help get him back in business. Governor Andrew Cuomo offered to pay for the permit. Senator Jim Tedisco paid Brendan a visit and later introduced a proposal for legislation called Brendan's Lemon Aid Bill, which would allow all kids to operate lemonade stands without permits or penalties.

Brendan is using all of that momentum for good. This year he has decided half of his profits will go to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation which raises money for kids battling childhood cancers.

"He likes it. He likes helping others. You know if one of his buddies falls he's the first one to be over there to pick him up," said Brendan's dad Sean.

"It's important to just go out there, have fun and make friends. And this also tells you how to count money and it also tells you not to play games all the time," said Brendan.


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