All aboard Dickinson's Ice Cream Express
At first, Rhonda Tormaschy thought her 16-year-old daughter, Cassidy, was joking about opening up an ice cream truck. But last fall her husband, Chad, started looking for some type of truck, and they found old school bus in Lincoln.
"We were sitting around one night with her and one of her friends and this is what she approached us with and we kind of thought she wasn't serious at first," Rhonda said.
The family spent the winter fixing the bus, painting it and transforming it into Ice Cream Express.
"The community needed something to lighten up their day and make their day better," Cassidy said. "I thought that this would be a good way to help everybody through their day."
She visits local businesses at a set time each week, is at Alive@5 downtown every Thursday and plans to hit up neighborhoods and parks in the evening, as well as serving ice cream at other summer events.
"It's awesome," said Rhonda, who helps her daughter sometimes. "It's fun, it's a fun job just seeing how excited all the people are in town is really cool."
Ice Cream Express serves Schwan's products.
"It's quite a variety," Cassidy said. "We have everything from the sundae cones to the sandwiches and Italian ice -- just about anything."
In order to turn the small, old school bus, which was already gutted when the Tormaschys purchased it, into an ice cream truck the family put in a freezer, fridge and sink.
"Getting it together was kind of an experience for all of us," Rhonda said. "We had to go through the health inspector, we had to get signatures from the police department and the fire department."
Cassidy came up with the logo and the name and registered it with the North Dakota Secretary of State's Office.
Now that the truck is up and running, Cassidy hopes her younger sisters will take it over when she leaves for college. The incoming Dickinson High School junior is planning to attend Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., with the end goal of becoming an optometrist.
"We have a daughter that's going to be 13 here and that would be a perfect time for her to take it over in the next couple of years -- if she wants to," Rhonda said. "If she doesn't want to, I think I would probably continue it if it's still a want and a need in Dickinson."
So far, the reception to Ice Cream Express has been amazing, Rhonda said.
"We haven't had an ice cream bus in this town for years," Rhonda said. "I think it's gone over way better than we anticipated it to, which is great."
If you want Cassidy to stop by your business or event, call her at 701-690-7442.