Ashley’s Lemonade proves a hit in Hamilton
Ashley’s lemonades are cooling people off and quenching thirsts this summer in the heart of Hamilton.
For a second year, the outdoor lemonade stand is in place at the corner of Reid Street and Burnaby Street. However, this year it has become a full-time operation to meet the needs of locals and visitors.
Ashley Brittney Stephens started her business seven years ago. It was originally set up on Saturdays outside Upscale Fashions, her mother Earlette’s St John’s Road store, in Pembroke.
Since then her brand and name recognition has grown tremendously. That allowed her to obtain a licence to introduce the lemonade stand as a business and sell her lemonades at different locations and vendors around the island.
Last year, Ms Stephens applied for a licence through the Corporation of Hamilton to allow her to set up her lemonade stand on Reid Street.
“We started last year on Reid Street and we were doing it for only a couple days a week, but this year we are there full-time.” she said.
Ms Stephens said the feedback to the Reid Street location has been great, attracting both locals and tourists.
“We get a lot of tourists who ask for directions and ideas of places to go, they come by drink lemonade to cool off and continue their journey,” she added.
In addition to the normal variety of flavours, there is a special being offered on Reid Street called The Bermuda Sunset, which is a strawberry mix.
Ashley’s Lemonade has something for everyone. “We offer cane sugar, sugar-free, Stevia and agave. Diabetics and health conscious people can have our lemonades, and those who prefer a sweeter taste.”
The lemonade stand was a hit during the Cup Match holiday. Ashley’s Lemonade was one of the local vendors at the Somerset Cricket Club.
“It was great,” said Ms Stephens. “It was a lot of fun, we had good feedback that day.”
Ashley’s Lemonade in Hamilton is open Monday to Friday and some Saturdays.
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