If anyone were to ask 7-year-old twins Faith and Malia Jeffcoat what their favorite drink is, their answer couldn't be clearer.
“(Lemonade) is my favorite drink," Malia said. "It is really sweet, and I like sweet.”
The young entrepreneurs, also known as The Lemonade Twins, have have been selling their lemonade since June 2020. Through their brand, Faith and Malia said they want to encourage other inspiring young business-owners to go after their goals.
The twins said they were first inspired to start the business after discovering founders of Twin-Monade, Kamari and Kamara Anderson, on YouTube. After, The Lemonade Twins went to their parents, Mariah and Floyd Jeffcoat Jr., and asked them if they could start their own lemonade business.
"As parents you're like 'OK, we will plan for it one day,' (and) that day actually came," Mariah Jeffcoat said.
As far as their lemonade flavors, they serve anywhere form a classic cotton candy. According to Mariah Jeffcoat, the twins collaborate on these these flavors since they are business partners.
She also said they were inspired to establish The Lemonade Twins becuase of how involved they love to be as a family in the community.
"It has been definitely a huge blessing to see them grow and be very creative with their different flavors and branding," Mariah Jeffcoat said.
After gaining recognition for their first pop-up stand in a Verizon parking lot, they were able take part of the Juneteenth Festival in Columbia.
There, they launched and rebranded their name from Twins Lemonade to The Lemonade Twins, where their parents began working to get them a spot in Columbia's Soda City Market.
But the process to become a Soda City vendor wasn't easy. In order to become more appealing to the market, the sisters had to get their business license.
Once they obtained their license, they were given the opportunity test run how well their business would perform. After many prosperous Saturdays at Soda City, The Lemonade Twins earned a permanent spot as a vendor.
"Being at Soda City makes me feel good because I can work with my family or partners," Faith said.
Faith and Malia said they aspire to grow their business all throughout South Carolina, not just Columbia. Selling lemonade brings the sisters a lot of joy, they said, especially at Soda City
"I like to see people smile and enjoy their lemonade and say, 'Girls, this is some good lemonade,'" Malia said.
However, they're not stopping there. The twins have been working on other events in the community outside of Soda City as well.
On March 12, Faith and Malia also participated in the Black Expo in Charleston — an event that used to promote economic development through the showcasing of African-American owned businesses. This Expo has been held in multiple different cities in South Carolina as well as Florida.
For their next stop, the twins are preparing for their second annual community Easter egg hunt. The event will occur from noon to 3 p.m. on April 1, 2023, at the Woodland Park Community Center.