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We're Open, Tallahassee: Gurlie's Lemonade strikes gold with fried Oreos, plans youth mentorship program

Posted at 6:01 PM, Jul 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 18:01:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — With the economic uncertainties from the coronavirus, we here at ABC 27 are shining a light on businesses that are doing their part to help out the community while keeping their business open.

Gurlie's Lemonade has been all over Tallahassee's social media posts lately as more people swing by for their fried Oreos at the corner of Magnolia and South Adams.

Co-founders Demetrius Murray and Marquis Williams opened the business a year ago with their grandma's recipe and a few dollars.

This week, they purchased an air-conditioned trailer with donations from a GoFundMe account.

Murray says great food, service, and safety are important to them.

"When the customer walks up, we make sure that they notice that we are safe from just the basics, masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, all those things are visible, and even down to the essentials being wrapped, like forks," said Murray.

Murray says soon, they plan on helping local youth in the southside by creating a mentorship and financial support program.

"My brother and I, we'll put up $500 each every month for kids on the Southside to have some type of funding that they can use towards whatever their endeavors or whatever their dreams are, to help them get a start," Murray said.

Along with giving back, these entrepreneurs are busy planning their next steps.

They say they are bringing their lemonade back and will be adding different flavors of fried Oreos, as well as other sweets from their grandma's recipe book.

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It's our way of letting people know you are open for business, and how they can support you.

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