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Siblings’ lemonade stand opening back up after new law is signed for business owners under 18

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The lemonade stands in your neighborhoods might have been illegal. In some parts of Georgia, the state code enforcement actually shut them down.

But a new law is changing that.

The Genauer kids know what to do when life gives you lemons.

Last summer, Temima, 12, and Jack, 9, opened a lemonade stand in their DeKalb County neighborhood.

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“The best part about it is when you get to share what you made. I’m being a little biased here, but I think the recipes they came up with are fantastic,” their father Rami Genauer said.

But then everything turned sour.

“I had constituents who were running a very successful lemonade stand and were thinking about moving on to hot chocolate for the winter. At that point their parents discovered that unless they pulled permits for the kids’ business from DeKalb County, the business was illegal,” State Senator Elena Parent said.

Sen. Parent says $300 or more for a municipal permit was a bit much.

The senator says in some parts of the state police or code enforcement actually shut down some lemonade stands.

“I’m Jack Genauer and I’m co-owner of Lemonade in the Shade,” Jack said before a recent senate hearing.

That hearing led to a new state law signed by Governor Brian Kemp.

The law exempts lemonade stands and other types of small businesses from all those rules and regulations, so long as the proprietors are under the age of 18.

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So, in a few weeks, Lemonade in the Shade will be back.

“People still talk about it in the neighborhood and how good it was. They ask when the kids can do it again,” Rami Genauer said.

The new state law takes effect on July 1.

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