There was a man there with a push cart selling ice balls. He would shave the ice with an ice shaver that looked like a block plane and then put on some flavoring. It was really refreshing on a hot day. Every time after that I would beg my mother to go to the park in North Side and get me an ice ball. That was back in 1947 or 48.
Around 1980 or so I was driving through Pittsburgh's North Side and I remembered the ice balls that I used to get when I was a child. It sure brought back refreshing memories. Ever since then I wanted to sell ice balls.
I often thought about doing it but never had the time or money to do it so I just tucked the idea away in my head for 34 long years. Then one evening I googled shaved ice and to my surprise there was a sight that showed this little bus that was used to sell shaved ice. I called my wife to look at this bus and she Loved it.
I then told her of my dream to sell sno cones. She said ,"honey if you want to do this we have to get the bus". So guess what? I am now 71 years young and I am going into the shaved ice business.
In April 2015 I will make my dream come true. Mr Sno Cone will be launched with Snowie The Bus.
If you want me to come to your neighborhood in the Harrisburg ,Carlisle area call 717-766-1045 and I will try to get to your neighborhood.
When I was about 4 or 5 years old my mother took me into the North Side of Pittsburgh and bought me an ice ball.