name is “Jugglin Joe” and when all lit up at night the neon Joe tosses a scoop
of ice cream into the air with his right hand, and magically makes it land in
the cone in his left hand.
Herman, “Pop” Gunther designed Jugglin Joe in 1949 when he and his wife Iva
relocated Gunther's Ice Cream Parlour to Franklin Blvd. & 3rd
Ave. It is there that Pop Gunther would tell the children
that if Jugglin Joe dropped his scoop, that the ice cream was
free. To this day Joe has been keeping everyone,
children and adults alike, wondering if this is going to be
their lucky day.
For over 60 years, Joe has sat atop Gunther’s Ice Cream, presiding over
Sacramento’s oldest ice cream parlour. Through good times and bad times Jugglin
Joe is still throwing his scoop of ice cream in the air and, as
promised, if Joe ever misses... the ice cream is free!