Providence neighborhood drinks up kindergartener’s sweet idea

Street Stories

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Adeana Ruiz was bored.

The Providence kindergartener had a day off from distance learning, and after saying she had nothing to do, her grandmother came up with an idea to keep Adeana busy.

With a few discarded wood pallets, some paint and creativity, the city had a new business.

Diva’s Lemonade squeezed its name from the proprietor’s moniker since the 6-year old is occasionally precocious, with a sprinkle of sassy.

Like, when we asked about the recipe.

“How do you make it?” she asked incredulously. “You just put the lemon mix in and squeeze some lemons. And you have to stir it.”

“Strawberry, regular and passion fruit,” she explained to a customer who asked about the flavors.

Plus – her personal favorite and best seller.

“The Diva Special,” she said. “Passion fruit, strawberry and regular lemonade all mixed together.”

Baheem Ferrell was impressed.

“She’s not even shy. She’s speaking with us when we asked, what kind do you want?” Ferrell said. “Those are the things that will stick with her forever.”

It was about a month ago when Adeana teamed up with her family to turn some discarded wood into the colorful stand.

Adeana said it was hard to build but she helped paint it “a little bit.”

“Those are colors of lemonade,” she explained. “There’s pink lemonade and yellow lemonade.”

Whether it’s her branding or personality, the customers keep coming and not only because the lemonade is good.

“It’s delicious lemonade,” one thirsty man said. “I also think it’s beautiful that we’re getting back out here and showing the kids how to be more responsible.”

Gilbert Agustave bought a Diva Special.

“We’re actually trying to have small businesses ourselves,” Agustave said, referring to himself and a friend. “So, we’re trying to support our community.”

Adeana isn’t sure what she’ll do with the money she’s making, but she does love owning a business.

“I like to make people happy with the lemonade,” she said.

Carl Sisson contributed to this report.

Email Walt at wbuteau@wpri.com with your story ideas and follow us on Twitter: @StreetStories12 and @wbuteau.

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