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Big Chuck

May 5, 2014

Laurens mall was no mere child's play


The aisles were packed with happy shoppers at this event. I cruised up and down every row, making sure to stop for at least a chat with each young vendor. I gave a special high-five to Elijah and Derek at Mamus Pies. I voted them the best logo of the day. Above their sumptuous display of homemade pies was a sign reading, “THIS is why we have ants!”

Jillian Segina, age 11, had the most ambitious product at this pop-up mall. She made a cappella music CDs for your listening enjoyment, and she was giving all of her proceeds to charity. Listen up, Warren Buffett.

I spotted an older girl sitting in the back at her own table and went to see what her role was. Her name was Maeve O’Neill, a senior. In front of her was a sizable box of money. “I am the banker for the day,” she told me solemnly.

“What is your main duty?” I asked.

“I never let the money out of my sight,” she said with a smile.

This event was a real eye-opener for me. These kids were excited about it. Several of them were dressed up in suits and ties, and they all wanted to put on a great first impression for their customers. Skyler and Brooke White (10 and 8) were just busting their buttons about their Sisters Flower Power display. It featured tie-dyed coffee filters made into flowers. “You don’t even have to water them.”

Meg Perrine (8) had a little bit of everything at her table. “Yup, knitting, baking and tying,” she said proudly. Stephen Albright (10) was downright exhausted from all of his bracelet sales, and Sierra Rondeau’s Quack Cakes were almost gone by the time I got to her booth.

“These kids are just so bright and had so much fun doing this project,” Superintendent Wenck told me. “Barbara Ann Heegan from the Chamber of Commerce brought this project to our attention and we are glad she did. As you can see, it is a big success.”

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