Twelve-year-old Jesse Lane’s liquor stall started out as a small honesty box outside his home at Coogee. After three years it has grown into a weekend business in a tent selling cool drinks and dog treats to hikers on the trail from Bondi to Coogee.
But he’s now been forced to cancel the last drink of his labor of love over the weekend after Randwick City Council rejected the tween’s official trade application, ending months of anxious wait and debate over the young entrepreneur’s business. on municipal land.
Jesse’s father, Peter Lane, said the business was popular with most locals.
“He’s a very determined young kid,” he said.
“He loves catching up with the regulars and he knows their dogs… Everyone seems to be happy.”
Jesse has already collected more than 6,000 signatures from locals supporting his venture and plans to take his petition to the mayor in the coming weeks.
The business evolved from selling herbs with an “honesty box” in front of his home about 18 months ago to “Jesse’s Shop” in Dunningham Reserve above the northern cliffs of Coogee Beach.
Relying on his impressive sales skills and the appeal of refreshing drinks to attract walkers, credit card accepting Jesse quickly became known in the community.
But it all changed earlier this year when Randwick City Council received two complaints from locals who believed the fledgling seller should not have been allowed to use public land for the sale.