Monday, May 23, 2016

MEET OUR VENDORS! The People of Wolff's Flea Market: Hercules & Maria

By Candice Lee Conner

Today's blog post is written by Guest Blogger Candice Lee Conner. As part of her Social Media Assistant position at Wolff's Flea Market, Candice takes the time to personally meet our vendors and really get to know them and their life stories. Here is Candice's interview with Hercules the Ice Cream Man.

Enjoy delicious ice cream at Wolff's Flea Market Allstate Arena.
Say hello to Maria and Hercules! (Photo: Candice Lee Conner)
Some know him as Nick (for some reason he lets folks call him that). Some know him as Hercules. Everyone knows him as that really awesome guy who runs the ice cream trucks at Wolff's Flea Market in Rosemont. And they would all be correct. 

Hercules - his real name - has been selling ice cream treats at Wolff's for 15 years. Along with his daughter Maria, Hercules sells from two trucks at the market. 

One of the first food vendors to join Wolff's, he was able to sell because of his diligence. According to Maria, he started his Wolff's career by selling ice cream right outside the gates of the official market. He was there so often that the Wolff family took a liking to him, and offered him a spot. He's been selling his ice cream ever since. Looks like determination does go a long way!

And not only is he seller of the cold stuff, he loves ice cream treats. One in particular is the Klondike Bar. "He used to eat three a day," said Maria - pictured above. (Her favorite is chocolate eclair ice cream bars). 

Next time you're at Wolff's make sure you get a cold treat, and say hello to Hercules and Maria!

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