• Meet Wally O'Wonka, an Ice Cream Lover

    Leprechaun’s Dreamcycle started as fulfillment of a dream.

     
    FROM THE Winter 2019 ISSUE
     

How did you get your start?
Leprechaun’s Dreamcycle started as fulfillment of a dream I’d had since I was a kid watching commercials pitching The Good Humor Man. I snooped around eBay and found the vehicle that would change my life for the better forever. The Dreamcycle is decorated with handmade logos of 20 or so local businesses who enjoy the positive visibility that ice cream and balloon animals provide.

Do you work events?
While I began selling ice cream on the streets of St Paul, the brand has changed to almost exclusively hosted events, meetings, parties, weddings (I can officiate as well), block parties, festivals and whatnot. I am capable of doing my thing indoors or out and The Dreamcycle can go anywhere a wheelchair can go. I often roll through cube farms and greet the employees at their desks with the jingle of my bells. Employees don’t have to stop work to be a part of the party. I travel all over the state and even got an RV to allow me to take the show on the road.

What treats do you serve?
I don’t have fancy flavors, I have nostalgic flavors. I have a little rocket that is cherry, lemon-lime and huckleberry. You can choose a chocolate-covered vanilla or ice cream sandwich. The push pops and Dreamsicles will remind you of childhood and stir fond memories.

Other than ice cream, what do you bring to events?
I’ve been brought to several communities with the expressed purpose of improving morale. Ice cream does the heavy lifting, but I’ll do my part. I’ll notice everyone I interact with and give each person time to have a moment of good feelings. And if a group is already feeling groovy, I can probably add another layer.

Tell us about your look.
I have two outfits that I wear when serving treats. I have seersucker that keeps me cool or woolen hunting knickers that keep me warm. Heimie’s Haberdashery is responsible for making me look like one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s pals.

You're the Best: Find out who our readers have chosen as the winners and runners-up of the Minnesota M+E Best of 2019 readers’ choice awards.

 

Best Livestreaming/Webcasting Service

THE WINNER IS: EideCom Inc.

Runners-up:
» Heroic Productions
» ​Mediapolis, LLC

Best Hotel with Meeting/Event Space (300 or More Guest Rooms)

THE WINNER IS: JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America

 

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