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Tanya Du Plessis, wearing a sparkling red dress, stands in front of the Awards of Excellence backdrop with her trophy and certificate.

Tanya Du Plessis secures Young Business award with sweet lemonade stand

During August’s rodeo weekend, young entrepreneurs set up lemonade stands and other treats for residents and visitors to enjoy in the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce Lemonade Day competition. This year’s overall winner was nine-year-old entrepreneur Tanya Du Plessis of Tanya’s Lemonade.

Posted on Main Street under a brightly painted stand, Tanya sold scrumptious snacks and three flavours of lemonade: original lemon, raspberry and blueberry-apple. She also became a vendor at the farmers market this year, and said her secret ingredient is lots of sugar.

Although she started off shy, Tanya persevered.

“I thought that if I tried and worked hard, I could win,” she said.

Setting an example for upcoming entrepreneurs, this young lady demonstrated how a little customer service, creativity, courage and effort can go a long way. When asked to share tips to other young entrepreneurs, Tanya said to work hard and be patient.


Tanya DuPlesis and her Lemonade Day stand

Tanya DuPlessis and her mother Christine pose at her cheerful lemonade stand outside Pincher Office Products on Lemonade Day in August. | Photo by Mia Parker

If Tanya could serve one celebrity her famous raspberry lemonade, it would be Taylor Swift.

Tanya said, “I feel really good” about winning the Young Business Award.

Her mother, Christine Du Plessis, said she is proud of her daughter’s courage to start up her business endeavours.

“Since her lemonade was so successful, we are working on getting her started with a handmade bracelet line as well,” Christine said.

Pincher Creek has seen only the beginning of what this little lady can do. You can find Tanya’s other creations on social media in the coming months!

Tanya received the Young Business of the Year award at the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce’s 28th annual Awards of Excellence, held Oct. 20.

Mallory Nelson was also nominated in this category. Read the nominations here.

See all category winners here.


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Tanya Du Plessis, wearing a sparkling red dress, stands in front of the Awards of Excellence backdrop with her trophy and certificate.

Tanya beams with pride at Pincher Creek Chamber of Commerce’s 28th annual Awards of Excellence. | Photo by William Cockerell


Heading for Young Business Award nominees in the Pincher Creek Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence

Two nominated for Young Business award

Two young ladies, Mallory Nelson and Tanya Du Plesis, were nominated this year in the Young Business category of the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence.

The category is open to youth under 26 who exemplify leadership and unyielding determination to succeed as employees or business owners.

The 2023 Young Business Award was presented to Tanya Du Plessis at the Awards of Excellence gala on Oct. 20.

Enjoy the nomination snippets provided by the Chamber of Commerce and read Tanya’s story here!

Mallory Nelson – Baking for the Hut Café

Mallory’s baked goods are very tasty and they have great presentation. All of her selections are homemade and the flavours are unique. Mallory has the ability to adapt to various themes, and every time she puts her items on display they are sold out in no time. We see a successful young entrepreneur in Mallory.

Tanya Du Plessis – Tanya’s Lemonade

Tanya has the cutest little lemonade stand I’ve ever seen, and she has set a good example for our new generation. She started off a little shy, but she surpassed it, and she found the courage and put in the effort to make her lemonade stand inviting and creative. Tanya had a positive impact on our little town this summer.

See all category winners here.


Table setting of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.
Kids trick or treating in lion costumes – one roaring and one smiling on the front page of Shootin' the Breeze. Alberta news from Pincher Creek area and Crowsnest Pass.

Nov. 2, 2022

Lion’s share of fun

Ames and Miles were spotted enjoying Spooky Town and the great weather Saturday at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek.