NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (FOX 56) — For many teenagers, a summer job is common, and for two students at East Jessamine High School, they spend their summer shaving ice.
However, they are not employees, they are their own bosses.
The traveling shaved ice and cotton candy shack, Bahama Llama, opened on May 28. Nate Moore, 15, and Andrew Dundon, 16, chose this name because it’s catchy. The duo also filled a gap in the county’s cotton candy market, and every week they sell out nearly every flavor of shaved ice.
“I was thinking of getting a summer job,” Moore said. “Then I thought, I can be my own boss.”
Moore invested all his savings in this business. Every 15 years.
“I didn’t need to buy a car,” Moore said. “Now a lot of that money will go back to my savings account.”
After three months of construction, some business lessons in high school, and $9,000 split between the two young entrepreneurs, Moore and Dundon created Bahama Llama.
They may have an adult job, but sometimes they still need a little parenting advice. Moore’s father, Jody Moore, provides the support the boys need to succeed, especially as the two balance business and sport.
“We really don’t have a lot of free time,” Dundon said. “The last few days, I had to go to bed very early. Then I had to wake up at 8:30 for track testing. Right after, I come here to work a little.
Bahama Llama is located around Nicholasville. The small business is usually in the Harbor Freight parking lot Monday through Friday. On weekends, they can be seen in Walmart’s parking lot.
This Saturday, a portion of Moore and Dundon’s proceeds will go to the Children’s Miracle Network. The duo will be at Walmart in Nicholasville from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
“We put a lot of time and effort into this, and it feels good at the end of the day,” Moore said.
In the fall, when Moore and Dundon return to high school, they plan to keep their small business open, just to cut hours.
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