Fahsyrah’s Lemonade was founded in 2009 by F. A. Knight and Sylvia B. Knight initially as a fundraiser activity and later transitioned into a for profit business entity. Our daughter, Fahsyrah Kumasi Knight was a level seven gymnasts and a budding competitive gymnast at Superior Gymnastics in Morrisville, North Carolina under the tutelage Krystal Kramer. And during the summer of 2009, the gym had organized to go to a summer gymnastics training camp (a skills camp) named Flip-Fest Camp (Lake Frances) outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
We desired for our daughter to attend and participate in the skills camp along with her teammates, but we did not have the money to send her. So we decided to fundraise in order to offset the travel cost and expenses associated with attending the camp. However, we immediately saw this as an opportunity that could serve as a teachable moment for our daughter (put her to work and let her earn the money). This led to us, building her, a small mobile lemonade cart, which to sale lemonade in our neighborhood and in the front area of our driveway.
Fahsyrah’s grandmother Annie Louise Ballentine lent her award winning and family secret lemonade recipe to the cause, which has always received raving reviews from members of our family and friends. Our goal as stated above was to raise approximately $2,000 to offset the gymnastics camp expenses. Durham Herald-Sun reporter and staff writer John McCann wrote an article about Fahsyrah’s gymnastics involvement and her budding entrepreneurship interest. The media coverage led to many donations where so many people generously opened up their hearts to assist our daughter in the said venture. Thus, by the grace of God and hard work she exceeded her financial goal for raising the fundraising, but something amazing happened during this process. (Jael Custom Designs Blog Post)
Perhaps two weeks after ending the fundraiser activity a gentleman knock on our door and stated he had purchased a few cups and a gallon of lemonade from us a couple of weeks ago and was interested in purchasing another gallon. We explained to him that the fundraiser was over and we had no more lemonade in stock to sale; he seemed disappointed and said that ‘we could not stop selling because the lemonade was a very good product, which was tasteful and delicious. It was this angel that sparked us to consider going into the lemonade business on a fulltime basis.
After meeting our financial goal and bringing closure to the fundraiser activity we were satisfied with the positive outcome; but the product was so well liked and received by the public in which this demand forced us to keep the lemonade stand in operation for the entire summer beyond the fundraising projected time frames. We entered Fahsyrah into Durham’s Lemonade Day Contest (2009), which was held in May and she won first place in the contest for having the best made lemonade stand. We again entered Fahsyrah’s Lemonade in the 2010 Lemonade Day contest and she won the second time for having the best tasting lemonade.
So from there, we decided to re-launch Fahsyrah’s Lemonade as a full fledged business by acquiring a Durham Peddlers license and Privilege License, meeting the health requirements of Durham County Health Department, Certificate of Insurance and being in compliance with all the Durham City and Durham County ordinances that governs vending and operating of mobile push carts. We have now been in business a little over ten years. Fahsyrah is now a senior in college.