Four businesses opened simultaneously in Warrenton on Saturday to quench thirsts, provide a healthy meal, and provide a place to sit down and play games.
The four businesses—The Lemonade Girl, Sweet Kay-O-Nade, Leafy Soups and Salads, and the Salthouse—opened at 11 a.m. June 1 inside a building at 504 Main Street in Warrenton.
Jordyn Ingram, of Sparta, opened the Lemonade Girl with eight flavors and a menu for expanding offerings to bring something new to town. She also sells t-shirts, cups, hats, key chains, fresh squeezed purees and smoothies, and is an authorized seller of Otis Spunkyer cookies. The Lemonade Girl will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the first two weeks of the month and will be open to accommodate court sessions.
“I want to expand and grow the franchise, Lemonade Girl, across the country,” Ingram said. “I always wanted to sell lemonade,” she said of her roadside business that she started in 2014 at 12-years-old, under a tent, with two flavors. The Lemonade Girl may be reached at www.lemonadelips.com.
Leafy Soup and Salads is a soup, salad, and sandwich bar that specializes in chopped salads, homemade soups, signature sandwiches, and seasonal items. One of its specialty sandwiches is the triple-decker club and another is “the real Southern Pimento sandwich,” said Lakesha Clark, the owner. The business is also home to the grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich. “That is my personal favorite,” she said. “It is a sweet treat.”
Although this is Clark’s first storefront establishment, she has been a part of the culinary industry for the past 16 years as a trained chef, and she has been a caterer of Upper Echelon Catering and Events for the last five years.
“My mission with Leafy is to bring healthy options to the community,” she said. The business is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday, except Tuesday, and may be contacted by calling 706-914-6059 or found on Facebook at Leady Soups and Salads.
Her daughter, who runs the Lemonade Girl, assists Clark in the business. Clark is part of an organization called Unicorns, which encourages kids to become entrepreneurs so that they grow up to become productive citizens in the community.
Across the room is Sweet Kay-O-Nade, which offers ice cream, fruit pops, shakes, and other frozen treats. Warrenton native Sharane Johnson is the owner and her daughter, Kaycee Sims, is the chief executive officer.
The business developed last year when Johnson was given the option of having a lemonade stand at a local grill-off. It took off and expanded to providing other options. The business named in her daughter’s honor was established.
“We now sell frozen lemonade, frozen treats,” Johnson said. “We are opening today as a store-front operation and will provide Kay-O-Pops, a frozen fruit creation by Kaycee.” It also has other food items and desserts too,
Johnson said establishing a business in her hometown is ideal. “I am from Warrenton and for me to give to the community something that we never had is something that I love to do.”
She said since ice cream and frozen treat cool people off in the summer, she has plans to provide a variety of items to warm people up in the chilly times and winter.
Sweet Kay-O-Nade is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday; from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It may be contacted by calling 706-361-4045; by emailing email@example.com or through Facebook.
The 504 Main Street building is historic. It was the home of the old salt factory in Warrenton, where salt was stored.
According to Ryan Carden, opening a video game room with the name was appropriate. “There is a term in video gaming where when you get beat really bad, you get really salty. So, I figured the name Salthouse would work really well.”
The Salthouse offers video, board, and card games for kids and adults to sit down and play for a fee. “We are like a modern day arcade. Instead of doing operation, I charge by the hour,” he said.
A person may pay for $3 an hour, purchase a day pass for $10 and hang out all day, purchase a membership card for $25 and receive 20 percent off every time you enter and play.
“I opened the Salthouse to give the kids of Warrenton and Warren County something to do,” Carden said. “I always wanted someplace like this and be able to hang out,” he said. Carden remembers attending a youth center where the kids came to play Smash Brothers on the GameCube. “It was really fun. It was a bunch of random people, all getting together playing games they liked and having a good time,” he said. “I wanted to bring that to Warrenton; that feeling that everybody likes to game and everybody can bond over gaming,” he said.
The Salthouse will be open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday. From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. and Carden said he also will have special events on Sundays.
Carden said he is happy to open with three eateries. “I only do snacks here, and the kids can get food from the businesses in front. They can come back here and hang out and play. The synergy is there,” he said. “It all works out.”