It all started with one man, a $4,000 loan, and an incredible dream. Leo Whalen opened his first stand in the summer of 1953 on the Boardwalk in Seaside Heights. Back then, it cost a nickel to play “with a wheel that was spun by hand.”
Fast forward to today, over 65 years later, the family business is still going strong under the care of Leo’s sons Stevie and Tommy. Having survived Super Storm Sandy and the fire of the following year we really live up to the name “Lucky”!
With the Legendary Lucky Leo’s Arcade, The Famous Football Toss and Bottle Bust, the Whalen family provides the full boardwalk experience that has kept generations of families coming back year after year. Now they are going to offer something sweet alongside all the fun. Lucky Leo’s Sweet Shop opens its doors 64 years after that first stand, launching a new era for Lucky Leo’s and the Boardwalk. Lucky Leo’s Sweet Shop will have something for everyone, with famous salt water taffy, homemade chocolate & fudge, and fun gifts for all ages. Just look for the Giant Lollipop on the Boardwalk and “Follow the Lolli” to the brand new Lucky Leo’s Sweet Shop.