Melbourne born and bred, events producer turned artisanal ice-cream maker, restaurant owner and musician, we stopped in last week for an ice-cream with one of our favourite Brooklyn ladies, Laura O’Neill, at Van Leeuwen in Greenpoint.
Laura initially moved to New York in 2007 and it was shortly after this, along with two local lads (who are now her business partners) that the idea for a Brooklyn based ice-cream truck was born. The little truck quickly expanded to an ice cream empire of multiple trucks in New York, LA, and now includes stores in both cities, plus hundreds of stockists around the US.
And as if her role as a partner at quite possibly the biggest ice cream success story in the US, and owner of Selamat Pagi indonesian restaurant (the result of many trips to Bali) - was not quite enough, Laura is also very firmly planted in the New York creative scene. Laura runs the Brooklyn outpost of weekly dance jam No Lights, No Lycra and two years ago she formed the garage-pop band, Laura and Greg.
The last 12 months for Laura and Greg were super busy with the release of their first LP "Forever for Sure" in May whilst playing out in New York and around the states including CMJ, Northside Festival, Canadian Music Week and SXSW. Winning audiences with their unexpected hooks and close harmonies, Laura and Greg are just returning from a string of shows in Australia and have a big 2016 ahead with a tour in March and a new release on the way.
Honestly there is no end to this local Melbourne girl’s talents! We were so wrapped to steal her away for an afternoon. See some pics from our visit below
Images courtesy of Bridget Fleming, George Underwood and Sidney Bensimon.