Junction City entrepreneurs may be young, but their old enough to shave - ice

April 26, 2004|EMILY BURTON

JUNCTION CITY - Donald Trump could use interns like these. While still mastering the fourth and sixth grades, two young entrepreneurs have conquered the art of turning airy confections and shaved ices into solid profits.

Jed Griffith, a student at Woodlawn Elementary and Lacey Griffith of Boyle County Middle School have a corner on their market, selling cotton candy, soft ice cream and shaved ices to the customers at Griffith's Nursery on Ky. 300.

Grandfather Norman Griffith's years of nursery ownership might have rubbed off on the two, but their mother said they first found the retail spirit on their own.

"She's (Lacey) always wanted a lemonade stand, so she started making these stands, and I thought that shaved ice would be more fun than lemonade," said Cheryl Griffith.


Beside rows of vivacious petunias, Griffith's Nursery now offers gardeners shaved ices in 17 flavors of tongue temptations and several mouth-melting cotton candy choices.

"Because I always thought it would be fun and I needed the money," said Lacey, who is saving for a Play Station 2. Jed has dreams of a portable DVD player for the family vehicle.

The fruition of their financial gander may be the pair's main objective, but Mom said getting there was the true accomplishment.

"They've got to learn so that, one day, when they run this great big business... you know," said Cheryl of Griffith's Nursery. "Because if you don't know how to use money wisely, you could give people the wrong change, and it hurts business," agreed Lacey.

She and her brother have already learned the basics, said Lacey. Clean up after yourself, keep your hands spotless and sometimes, it doesn't hurt to give a little extra flavor syrup.

"I can do any flavor with my eyes closed," said Lacey. " If you're good, you get tips."

And so far, so good, said their father, Bud Griffith, called the "true carpenter of the stands," by his wife.

After helping Jed and Lacey shape and shore their booths, Bud said he was proud of his children's work.

"Hopefully, it will teach them the value of money," he said. Norman Griffith also thought the sweet stands were a solid investment in the future.

"They have to start somewhere, and it's good to put some responsibility on their shoulders," said Norman.

Sure, that's part of it, said Lacey, but owning her own business is so much more. The long-term profit is a nice incentive, but, more immediately, "You can get what you eat for free."

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