Photo Credit: Micah Harrigan | Founder, Micah's Mixx
10-Year-Old Entrepreneur Converts School Bus Into Food Truck
Micah Harrigan, a 10-year-old entrepreneur from Philadelphia, is taking his lemonade and ice tea stand to the next level. Harrigan, the founder of Micah’s Mixx, is upgrading his corner lemonade stand to a food truck after purchasing a school bus.
He was only seven years old when he decided that making money doing his chores wasn’t exactly what he wanted to do with his life.
“I think he got the entrepreneurial spirit from the times I used to call him my ‘broke best friend,'” his mother, Danielle Harrigan, jokingly told Travel Noire. “He would always approach me and say, ‘mom, I want to go somewhere or we should do this.’ I told him, you have such lofty goals with no money.”
When Micah told his mom he would get a job, she had to remind him that he was only seven years old and most children his age make money by doing their chores. Michah responded, “this isn’t what I want to do,” which prompted him to start his own lemonade stand.
“We started talking about how his lemonade was going to be different,” said Danielle. “I explained to him that when walk into the grocery store, you may see 30 different kinds of bread, but they’re all different. Whether it’s packaging or price, you’re going to have to stand out.”
Micah decided that he was going to stand out with flavors. When he first started, he offered just three flavors: blue raspberry, watermelon, and strawberry. Now, has over a dozen and is transitioning to a bigger space to keep up with the demand.
“He just wanted to be able to go to other places in the community but saw it was a lot of work for both of us,” said Danielle. “We would have to load up everything from the house, put it in a car, unload it, and then load everything back into the car when he was done for the day.”
Initially, Micah wanted a restaurant but after researching with his mother, realized a brick and mortar was expensive. Purchasing a school bus was a cheaper option.
Now, he has a GoFundMe to help turn the bus into a legal food truck.
“I’ll use this truck to travel all over to sell my lemonade and provide bottles free to the homeless around the city,” a statement on the GoFundMe page reads.
“He loves to see people smile and he loves to feel like he’s making people care about something,” Micah’s mom added. “He isn’t driven by the money. He’s driven by the people […] He likes to go places and just see people smile.”
As far as what’s next for Micah, he and his mom are also working on finding a distributor to bottle his iced tea and lemonade to sell it nationwide. The brand is currently available at Josies Food Market and Row House Grocery in South Philly