LAS CRUCES – Suzette Martinez, 8, helped create some Christmas cheer by opening a hot chocolate booth on a cold Saturday in December.
Mary Helen Luera called her granddaughter a “small business owner” who first explored a lemonade stand. But since it wasn’t a bright summer day, Suzy switched to hot chocolate.
Suzy set up a shop in front of Luera’s house on the 800 block of Suzanne Avenue and warmed mouths and hearts for 50 cents a cup on December 18, 3 to 5 p.m. The maximum temperature that day was 48 degrees.
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Each cup of hot chocolate contained a free sugar cookie. Suzy also decided to serve free hot chocolate and cookies to all active military, veterans, police officers, firefighters and first responders.
Luera said Suzy had served a few dozen cups all afternoon and as soon as she was ready for the day, “she immediately said she wanted to do it all over again!”