Posted on Dec 6, 2018
Pucker Up Lemonade Company
Lemonade? Lemonade anybody? It is a refreshing drink isn’t it? It’s a beverage that has brought Taste of Soul (TOS) vendor, Pucker Up Lemonade attention and success. Co-owners and couple, Karneisha Christian and Jon “Ken” Stewart share their story of how TOS helped put their business on the map. Christian was born and raised in Compton, CA and is a mother of two. She previously worked as a pediatric nurse but always had strong entrepreneurial roots. Her grandmother was a sharecropper from Mississippi that came to California in search of “money growing on trees”. Both of her parents owned a local business. Stewart was born in Memphis, TN and raised in Carson, CA. He has served in the U.S. Navy and as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer. So how did Pucker Up Lemonade come about? Well, according to Christian and Stewart, it started with an ice chest, an igloo, lemons from Stewart’s parent’s tree and Christian’s father’s recipe. “We started at Optimal Christian Academy’s annual carnival in Compton in 2011,” said Christian. “The response was amazing!" “As the originators of the ‘All You Can Drink’ lemonade stand, our specialty is incorporating unique themed decor with our lemonade stands and beverage stations for private events such as birthday parties, weddings, baby showers, proms, and corporate events,” said Stewart. “After seven years in business we are extremely blessed to be opening our first brick and mortar located at 723 East Compton Blvd, Compton, CA 90221."