June 23 – SCHUYLKILL HAVEN – When 10-year-old Delilah Wiley grows up, she’ll want to be a hairdresser or a racing driver.
In the meantime, she went into business selling lemonade outside her mother’s boutique, Bombshell Lash & Brow Lounge at 10 E. Main St. in Schuylkill Haven.
On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, business was good.
Lemonade was $1 a cup. And the colorful bracelets made by Delilah on a loom sold for $5, while the loom rings cost $2 each.
Employing business acumen far beyond her years, Delilah bought a cooler from Walmart and borrowed a crate from her mother, Kayla Wiley.
Taking no chances, she made sure to lock the box after each transaction.
Delilah advertised her wares in neat print on a blackboard.
The daughter, who is entering fifth grade, has admitted that she is leaning towards becoming a fashion designer, like her mother. The purple streak in her hair and her pink nail polish suggest a lean in that direction.
But the emblem on her T-shirt, which reads “TJ Stutts No. 11”, indicates that she has not yet cleared the racing virus from her system.
Along with her father, musician Cody Wiley, she regularly attends track races at Grandview Speedway in eastern Berks County.
Cody Wiley performs at local venues including Black Rock Brewing Co. in Pottsville. And he appears at the Yuengling Summer Celebration on July 9 in Pottsville.
Kayla Wiley said her daughter is bursting with energy.
“One day she was making bracelets and suddenly said, ‘I could sell them,'” according to Kayla Wiley. “It was his whole idea to set up the stand.”
The Cressona family plans to vacation on the Jersey Shore. Kayla Wiley said her daughter plans to spend her profits on the Wildwood boardwalk.
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