As if life wasn’t full enough for 7-year-old motocross racer JaseyRae Jones, she can now add business entrepreneur to her growing resume.
On Tuesday, Dec. 28, JaseyRae opened her own hot dog cart in Floral City so she can earn money to help pay her racing expenses.
“At the end of the day, we got $85!” she said.
The cart idea belongs to her dad, Michael Jones, who owns Monster’s Pizza in Floral City.
“I had an extra $100 that I was going to lose anyway, because nobody keeps it forever,” he said, “so we went to the Hard Rock Casino and I hit a $5,000 jackpot playing the slots. I actually left with $6,000. The first thing I thought: $5,000 goes fast, so what can I do to make it last?’”
He bought a hot dog cart for $2,500 for his daughter.
“She’s been with us here at the (pizza) shop since day one, so she knows about business,” he said. “We race a lot, and it’s expensive. So, this is for her.”
On her first day in business, with the cart set up outside Monster’s Pizza, her first customer bought a hot dog with sweet relish and mustard on it.
JaseyRae serves Sabrett hot dogs.
“You can get it with chili or cheese or onions, but I like mine plain,” she said. “And you can get a combo with chips and a soda.”
She said her first day was “a lot of learning,” from the steps to assembling a hot dog to remembering to ask what kinds of toppings the customer wants on it.
“I think it would be a good idea to have onion sauce,” she told her dad the next day.
JaseyRae’s hot dog cart started out at Monster’s Pizza, but it’s moving to a more permanent location outside Liquor Plus located at 8290 S Florida Ave, Floral City, FL 34436.
Also, when JaseyRae is otherwise unavailable, such as when she’s in school at Floral City Elementary School where she’s in second grade or when she’s at a race, an employee will be minding the business.
Michael Jones said they also plan to have JaseyRae’s hot dog cart at the Citrus County Fair in March.
At 7, JaseyRae is a bundle of energy. She loves “girly girl” stuff like wearing dresses and doing her hair and nails, but she also loves racing dirt bikes.
She’s been riding since she was 2, on a Honda 50cc with training wheels.
Currently, she rides a KTM 65cc dirt bike. And has a track in her yard at home where she practices, also a yard gym where she works out.
“This year she will be racing in three classes: KTM 65 ages 5 to 9, 65 open and junior girls ages 7 to 15,” said her mom, Tatjana McCauley. “She’s really fast.”
JaseyRae, named after a song, “Jasey Rae,” by the band All Time Low, said when she’s in a race, she thinks: “I know I’m going to win,” adding, “When I’m riding, I feel strength.”
“She’s a good kid,” her dad said. “She already knows the concept of hard work, that to get what you want you might have to sweat a little bit,” he said. “And she knows that if she doesn’t know how to do something, to practice until you get better at it.”
Information about days/times of JaseyRae’s hot dog cart can be found on the JaseyRae Jones Facebook and Instagram pages.