Take A Look Tuesday
J.P. Lindsay is making history in Strasburg. With some help from Mayor Rich Orndorff Jr., Angie Herman, executive director of the Strasburg Chamber, the staff of City National Bank and a group of bystanders, J.P. was cheered recently as he cut a purple grand opening ribbon with scissors almost as tall as he is to open J.P. Sno-Cone stand. Standing on a stool, looking out at the ever-growing crowd of customers while dressed in his “busy building my empire” T-shirt, the 3-year-old began serving up handmade snow cones as well as some positive light and sweetness just in time for summer. “It’s not every day I get to do something this fun,” the mayor said during the grand opening held at City National Bank in Strasburg on Wednesday. “I’m incredibly pleased to be here with our youngest chamber member and entrepreneur.” In April, J.P. was recognized as the youngest business owner and entrepreneur ever in the town of Strasburg. Larry Lindsay, J.P’s father, said his son’s snow cone business started out as something fun J.P. could do in his family’s home theater or on the front yard during the summer. Once word spread throughout the community about J.P’s business, he and his son decided officially open for business. “J.P. really wanted a dirt bike,” Lindsay said. “But instead of going out and buying him a $600 bike, I invested $400 in a commercial snow cone machine and another $600 in signage and supplies. This way he can earn his own money for future purchases.” Most 3-year-old’s can’t count money let alone make business decisions, but J.P. can. Standing at the cash register, the crowd noticed how J.P. meticulously put his proceeds in exactly to his standards. Looking to his parents, J.P. still needs help counting back change. “He likes things done his way,” Lindsay said. “And that’s cool. Because it’s ultimately his business. We just work for him.” Jacob Long, 7, of Strasburg, said the snow cones were the best he has ever had. “I would give them five stars,” Jacob said. “No, maybe 10 stars.” J.P Sno-Cone serves over 10 flavors including banana, strawberry, blue raspberry and lemon-lime. Each one costs $2. J.P. operates nearly all of the stand himself, with minimal assistance from his parents. Snow cones are served up in a cone or cup, depending on the purchaser’s desires. Tips are appreciated but not necessary. “My favorite flavor is strawberry,” J.P said. When he’s not running his snow-cone business, J.P. is outside playing or watching his favorite movie, “Finding Dory,” with his family. Lindsay said he wanted to teach his son the importance of working and giving back to his community. He added: “All of the events before this were charity based. J.P. hasn’t made any money until today. As a parent I want J.P. to understand that not everything can be handed to him. While I could buy him a dirt bike, he’ll appreciate it more if he works for it.” Angie Herman said she was pleasantly surprised by J.P.’s business and admired his young work ethic. Proceeds from the snow cone stand will go into J.P.’s first bank account at City National Bank, where J.P. ultimately has the say-so in how it’s spent. Lindsay said for every cone J.P. sells, he will match the money, which will be deposited into a separate savings account. When asked if he still plans on buying a dirt bike, J.P. replied “yes.” “It’ll be red. With a matching helmet,” he said. “Cause that’s my favorite color.” “He’s not a brick and mortar store yet,” Mayor Orndorff said. “But you watch, one day he will be.”
J.P. Sno-Cone will be at Mayfest on Saturday, May 19.