Just like there is no finer baseball snack than cracker jacks, there is no better summer food than hot dogs. They come as a pair just like winter and hot cocoa or autumn and pumpkin-flavored-everything.
13-year-old Jaequan Faulkner is already a smart businessman because he’s been cashing in on the summer hot dog rush for the past couple of years. This year was different, though, because he turned his front-yard stand into a legitimate business thanks to the help of some of his best customers.
Jaequan originally set up his business, Mr. Faulkners Old-Fashioned Hot Dogs, outside his house on the front lawn. He used a folding table and a bright pink cash register as his shopfront where he sold hotdogs, chips, and sodas.
His business is well-known throughout the community – who come in waves to get a taste of his classic summer food. It became so popular that the teenager had to get a permit in order to make it a legitimate city business.
Typically, getting a permit takes a bit of time, but Jaequan isn’t just your average business owner. The city’s health department was so taken by his charm and spirit that they worked with him to get his stand up to code, and then paid the $87 fee on his behalf to get him the permit and make him an official business.
A week later, members of the local police department pooled their own money together to surprise Jaequan with a beautiful new, bright red hot dog stand. They also donated more food and supplies to his business to help him with all the new customers he gained after securing his permit.
To say that Jaequan was shocked and humbled by the gesture is an understatement. He told his local news, “I’m feeling excited knowing that I have people on my side that like what I’m doing and are going to support it.” In fact, he’s feeling so great about his business that he’s working towards eventually getting a food truck!
The officers who gave him the gift were equally as excited as Jaequan. They were glad to take the opportunity to help the young businessman make his food stand a success. Not to mention, as word of Mr. Faulkner’s Old-Fashioned Hot Dogs spread, it’s become a gathering place for people throughout the community who want to support Jaequan.
Yesterday the MPD Bike Cops for Kids, CET and CSO delivered a brand new hot dog stand to 13-year-old Jaequan Faulkner! Jaequan’s stand at 1510 Penn Ave N was permitted by the City last Wednesday. You can find him selling hot dogs at the 4th Precinct from July 30th – August 4th. pic.twitter.com/lkhWEoq4uX
— Minneapolis Police (@MinneapolisPD) July 27, 2018
What Jaequan started as a way to earn a little extra cash in the summer has turned into something much bigger than he ever dreamed. In addition to the success he’s found, Mr. Faulkner’s Old-Fashioned Hot Dogs has brought a community together – because it doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, or where you came from, everyone can agree that there’s nothing better than a hot dog on a summer day!
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