A story reported here first of little 7-year-old Siena Levin, a Daisy Girl Scout who came to West Hollywood’s LGBTQ Rainbow District for two weekends in a row earlier this month and sold out her entire supply of Girl Scout cookies outside of the gay bars, is in what her mother Jenn Levin is calling “hot water” and she will not be returning for Sunday Funday in WeHo or her troop loses all their sales points.
It turns out that the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles has a bylaw that does not allow the selling of Girl Scout cookies in commercial districts without permission. They also have a rule that children can’t sell their cookies outside of adult venues, so that rules out the local WeHo gay bars with their gyrating male go-go dancers.
“I know the community loved having Siena there selling cookies and they are begging us to come back, but apparently it is breaking a rule,” Jenn tells WEHO TIMES. “I had no idea we were breaking any rules. And she’s a stickler to the rules, so as much as she loved going there, she will not want to go back if it’s against the rules.”
Siena, from Glendale Unified School District, found the perfect spot to sell her Daisy Girl Scout Samoas, Do-si-dos, Thin Mints and more in the City of West Hollywood’s LGBT Rainbow District outside of some busy WeHo gay bars like Micky’s WeHo, Revolver Video Bar, and Trunks WeHo. With the help of mom, her 4-year-old little sister Riley, and her aunt, West Hollywood resident, Julie LaPlaca, the little entrepreneur cleaned house and her entire cart full of cookies sold out for two weekends in a row. Her story was picked up by The Advocate, Yahoo Live and most recently by LGBTQ Nation.
Mom Jenn loved the person-to-person interaction. She said her daughters had fun in WeHo and that everyone was nice and excited to see them. “We loved going to WeHo,” she said, “Siena got some real life interaction and experience and the boxes were out of my hands and with the customers instantly. When people order online, the moms have to drive all over town to deliver the goods. They just added a shipping option yesterday, but for the most part, we have to sell and distribute the boxes ourselves.”
Adam Eramian, the Operations Manager at Micky’s WeHo, is very fond of the little entrepreneur and is saddened that she will not come visit again outside his nightclub making everyone happy with some Girl Scout cookies. He says that mom Jenn is very sweet, open-minded, and very supportive of the LGBTQ+ community.
Eramian wants to bring the West Hollywood LGBTQ Rainbow District to Siena since she can’t bring her Girl Scout cookies to the LGBTQ Rainbow District (sans the men in their underwear and the bearded drag queens). He has asked WEHO TIMES readers to support Siena’s selling efforts by visiting her selling page, buying cookies, and by sharing her selling efforts with family and friends:
Jenn says she will get in front of it next year and jump through all the hoops to hopefully sell cookies at the Starbucks nearby so everyone in WeHo can stop by and buy cookies and say hi.
Girl Scout cookies are sold once a year from January to mid-March in greater Los Angeles, so make sure you stock up and get a few extra boxes to keep in the freezer until next year.