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OUR COMMUNITY - Rohan Hoskins - Six-year-old Entrepreneur

Rohan Hoskins, 6, sells
Rohan Hoskins, 6, sells 'the best iced tea in the world,' he says.
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Rohan Hoskins may only be six years old, but he's already quite the character.

He's a budding entrepreneur who likes to wear snappy bow ties.

Or he might be a lawyer when he grows up. Or a comedian. Or an inventor.

Actually, he's not sure what career path he'll take quite yet.

But one thing is clear. He's pretty lucky to have a beautifully designed station, built by his mom, Emily Sayward, from which to pour neighbours a chilled glass of iced tea on a sunny day.

He's been running the little roadside tea stand in Chilliwack for two summers in a row now.

One of his elderly neighbours who has a little trouble walking likes to drive up to the stand sometimes for a little visit. The senior seems to enjoy time spent with his young neighbour.

He seems to be a little precocious, but is very thoughtful and adventurous. He has been talking full sentences since his second birthday, and reads at the Grade 2 level, says his mom. They're working their way through reading The Hobbit now.

A year ago, he begged his mom, to let him have a little roadside stand on wheels.

Folks love to show their appreciation, leaving him tips after cooling off with a cup of iced tea.

"Now I'm saving up to buy some stuffies and Pokemons," he explains.

It's been so successful the family even was able to use some of the funds for a recent road trip through Alberta.

"I'm a single mom, so it actually helped on our trip," said Sayward.

The sign on his stand claims it's "the best iced tea in the world."

So what makes it the best?

"Lots of sugar. It's iced tea, but it doesn't taste like tea," he whispers.

So how many glasses does he sell?

"Lots," he explains. "Because when it's warm, everyone likes to cool down."

Rohan has an eclectic palate already and enjoys foods like pho and sushi, as well as Indian cuisine.

His unique sense of style sometimes makes him stand out in the crowd.

Some days he likes to wear a dapper little necktie to daycare, other times it's something in his favourite shade of bright pink, Saywayd says.

His mom was always allowed to decide by herself what to wear, and so she extends to Rohan the courtesy of that very same sartorial freedom.

And there's no doubt about it, he's an original.

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