Meet the two veterans who run Ice Dreams Ice Cream and Coffee Shop
By Shannon Sweeney — / Death Wish Coffee Blog
Meet the owners of Ice Dreams Ice Cream and Coffee Shop in Alabama
Keith Walls and Max Lopez-Gonzalez both served in the United States Marine Corps for more than 10 years each. Now, they own Ice Dreams Ice Cream and Coffee shop in Fort Mitchell, Alabama, which sells Death Wish Coffee in addition to dozens of ice cream flavors, milk shakes, and more. So no matter if you're looking for something sweet or for something to really get you going, Ice Dreams has both.
Fort Mitchell is an 8,300-person town with a deep military history, and is surrounded by military bases including Fort Benning. Most of its population is serving, has served, or has family members in the United States military. It's also home to a National Veterans Cemetery.
Their military connections made them an ideal stop for Riki's Ride late last summer. Riki Rachtman and Lea Vendetta raised more than $30,000 for Stop Soldier Suicide, which provides mental health counseling, housing assistance, emergency financial aid, alternative therapies, and more.
Stop Soldier Suicide is an important cause to Keith, Max, and their town — with 22 veterans dying by suicide every day, it really hits home. That's why they wanted to host a stop with music, a chance to meet Riki and Lea, and of course, Death Wish Coffee.
"This is a military community. We all stick together," Keith said. "There's something about soldier suicide that really resonates with everyone, even those who are not in the military. Everybody wants to help out in that — that's what's so great about this community."
If you're ever near Fort Mitchell, we highly recommend stopping in and grabbing a treat from Ice Dreams!
And to Keith and Max — from all of us here at Death Wish Coffee Company, thank you for your service.
Full shop details:
Name: Ice Dreams Ice Cream and Coffee Shop
Address: 808 AL-165, Fort Mitchell, AL 36856
Specialties: Ice cream, milkshakes, and coffee
Owners: Keith Walls and Max Lopez-Gonzalez
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