Henry Langer is 12. He has turquoise hair, lives in Los Angeles, and has a lot to keep him entertained at home—two pet pigs, two dogs, a cat, a chameleon, and a leopard gecko, all rescues, and he’s gunning for an iguana. But what he doesn’t have access to is soccer, baseball, and his friends, which school Zooms just can’t replace. When it became clear that lockdown would be long, he needed something to do, and also wanted to make a few bucks. So he started an artisan chocolate company, Sweet Henry’s. “I really like baking, and I love chocolate,” he says. “At first it was hard not to just eat it.” Minus the reptiles and pigs, similar stories are coming out of quarantine all over the country.

Chloe Hans, 12, launched Laughing Cosmetics in a Chicago basement with best friend Olivia. Over in Philly, 10-year-old Micah Harrigan started a GoFundMe to convert a school bus into a Micah’s Mixx lemonade truck. Down in Austin, Caroline Jones, 14, set up a virtual shop on Depop to sell clothes from her closet. (“I know quite a few people doing it since March of 2020,” she says.) And in New York,

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