Little Mikaila Ulmer has a big mission—to save the bees—and this 11-year-old entrepreneur has set out to do just that with BeeSweet Lemonade.
When Mikaila was 4-years-old she was stung by bees twice within the same week and became afraid of them. “I didn’t enjoy the bee stings at all. They scared me,” Ulmer, now 11, told NBCBLK. “But then something strange happened. I became fascinated with bees. I learned all about what they do for me and our ecosystem. So then I thought, what if I make something that helps honeybees and uses my Great-Granny Helen’s recipe?”
Mikaila started brewing small batches of her great-grandmother’s lemonade made with flaxseed and sweetened with honey. She began selling it at local events and local food chains before appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank and leaving with a $60,000 investment from FUBU CEO Daymond John.
Whole Foods caught wind of this young entrepreneur’s sweet but healthy beverage and gave her a one million dollar deal to begin selling her BeeSweet Lemonade in 55 of its stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Mikaila donates a portion of her profits to organizations that are actively working to preserve the honeybee population.
I’ll be patiently waiting for the opportunity to scoop up a few bottles of BeeSweet Lemonade once it makes its way up to Seattle. If you live in any of the states selling BeeSweet Lemonade and have the opportunity to try it, please let us know what you think!