Charity lemonade stand shut down in Denver coming to Colorado Springs

By Tony Keith/KCNC | Posted: Mon 4:11 PM, Jun 04, 2018 | Updated: Tue 8:43 AM, Jun 05, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV/CBS Denver) – Denver police shut down a charity lemonade stand put on by a group of brothers over a permitting issue, so now the brothers are coming to Colorado Springs.

When Jennifer Knowles helped her sons set up their first lemonade stand over Memorial Day weekend, she thought it would be a lesson in entrepreneurship and charity.

“The boys went online and they decided they wanted to help a child in another country less fortunate, and we found a place in Colorado Springs called Compassion International, and they picked a 5-year-old boy in Indonesia,” she said.

But they got an unexpected lesson too.

“Someone complained about our lemonade stand,” said Knowles.

Turns out, you need a permit to operate a lemonade stand in Denver similar to hot dog, peanut and sunflower seed vendors outside Coors Field.

The city says it’s about health and safety, but in the Knowles’ case, competition may also be in play.

The Knowles set up right next to the Denver Arts Festival, where there was a lemonade vendor.

“We had never thought that the other lemonade vendor could feel threatened by our little kid lemonade stand,” she said. “I can understand why someone would get upset.”

The family sold lemonade 2 for $1 while, she says, the vendor sold it for $7 a glass.

The boys were raising money for Compassion International, an organization that raises money for children in poverty around the world.

On June 7, the boys are opening a new lemonade stand in Colorado Springs at Compassion International Headquarters. They will be at 12290 Voyager Parkway from noon – 2 p.m. The boys will be asking 75 cents per cup or two cups for $1. Extra donations are welcome.

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