Search
In this Jan. 27, 2014, photo, Mikaila Ulmer stands for a photo as she holds a bottle of Bee Sweet Lemonade that she and her family make and sell at Whole Foods at the Domain in Austin, Texas.
Mikaila Ulmer holds a bottle of BeeSweet Lemonade. Rodolfo Gonzalez—Austin American-Statesman/AP

An 11-year-old Girl Got a Whole Foods Contract for Her Lemonade Business

Mar 31, 2016

Not many kids turn their lemonade stands into successful ventures, but 11-year-old Mikaila Ulmer has raised the bar by securing a four-state contract with Whole Foods.

The Austin, Texas sixth-grader built her lemonade business, BeeSweet Lemonade (soon-to-be "Me & The Bees"), with a 1940s lemonade recipe from her grandmother that uses flaxseed and local honey as sweetener. Ulmer received a $60,000 investment when she appeared on ABC's Shark Tank with her business.

Whole Foods also saw the promise in her lemonade, which supports local bees by using honey. The supermarket chain signed a deal with Ulmer to sell the lemonade in 55 stores across Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. While the lemonade brand highlights the role of bees, Ulmer said she wasn't always a fan

"When I was four years old, I got stung by two bees in one week," she told NBC. "It was painful. I was terrified of bees." But that fear ended up inspiring her to learn more about the insects, and she decided to make her lemonade with local honey.

Celebrity Chef at the White House Easter Egg Roll. I can't believe it. I'm mixing up my lemonade and will include a new twist to a classic favorite. Popsicles included! #LetsCelebrate #LetsMove

Posted by Me & the Bees Lemonade on Friday, March 25, 2016

[NBCBLK]

All products and services featured are based solely on editorial selection. TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.