Craving shaved ice?


DAVIDSON – Mike Mahr isn’t just any ordinary shaved ice vendor.

The Denver resident is a franchisee owner of Kona Ice, whose patented self-serve Flavorwave allows customers to flavor their own ice. With 10 flavors to choose from, patrons can enjoy them individually or create their own recipe.

It’s a big hit for kids, Mahr said. For those that prefer traditional service, Kona Ice offers 30 flavors that Mahr has inside the truck, which is covered with colorful cartoon characters from the tropical island of Gooba Jooba. The truck also plays beach music, creating a paradise-feeling atmosphere.

“It’s an experience little kids like,” Mahr said in between serving costumers at the Davidson Day School junior varsity football game on Sept. 12.

Tony Lamb founded Kona Ice in 2007 after his daughter was frightened of a beaten-down ice cream truck. He wanted to create a truck that communities could call their own, according to the Kona Ice blog. Kona Ice now has nearly 400 franchisees in more than 40 states.

The community focus drew Mahr to become a truck owner. In addition to driving around neighborhoods, Kona Ice will serve at school events, sporting contests, daycares, workplaces, festivals, parties and just about any other event. It also partners with organizations looking to raise money.

Since Mahr started his business in July, he helped a high school student win a student government election by serving during her campaign, which may have been a key to victory. He also gave away 993 cups of shaved ice at Love Denver, an event that helps provide children with back-to-school items.

“I stopped because I ran out of all my supplies, which I’ve never done before,” he said.

Mahr serves all communities around Lake Norman and is usually open for business four days a week. He’s one of six Kona Ice trucks in the Charlotte area.


To find out where Mike Mahr is serving, visit To book him for an event, call 704-230-8670 or email