NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) – For many teenagers, a summer job is common, and for two East Jessamine High School students, they’re spending their summer shaving ice.
They are not employees though, they are their own bosses.
The traveling shaved ice and cotton candy shack, Bahama Llama, opened its doors on May 28. Nate Moore, 15, and Andrew Dundon, 16, chose the name because it’s catchy. The duo has also filled a gap in the county’s cotton candy market, and each week, they are selling out almost every shaved ice flavor.
“I was thinking about getting a summer job,” said Moore. “Then, I was thinking, I can be my own boss.”
Moore put his life savings into this business. All 15 years.
“I didn’t need to buy a car,” said Moore. “Now, a lot of this money will go back into my savings account.”
After, three months of construction, a couple of high school business classes, and $9,000 split between the two young entrepreneurs, Moore and Dundon created Bahama Llama.
They may have a grown-up job, but sometimes they still need a little parental advice. Moore’s dad, Jody Moore, offers the support the boys need to succeed, especially since the two are balancing a business with a sport.
“We really don’t have much free time,” said Dundon. “The past few days, I’ve had to go to bed super early. Then, I have had to wake up at 8:30 a.m. for track practice. Right after, I come here to work for a little bit.”
Bahama Llama can be found around Nicholasville. The small business is typically in the parking lot at Harbor Freight Monday through Friday. On the weekends, they can be seen in Walmart’s parking lot.
This Saturday, a portion of Moore and Dundon’s profit will go towards the Children’s Miracle Network. The duo will be at the Walmart in Nicholasville from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
“We’ve put a lot of good time and effort into this, and it’s a good feeling at the end of the day,” said Moore.
In the fall, when Moore and Dundon head back to high school, they plan to keep their small business open, just reduce the hours.
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