Zach Van Sickle’s stage is a concrete traffic island at the intersection of Carlisle Avenue and York Crossing Lane.
He entertains drivers waiting for a traffic light with tap shoes, a banjo and banter — and a sign hawking a new Little Caesars Pizza franchise at the shopping center. Van Sickle, 21, uses skills honed while performing on streets in major cities around the country to draw attention to the specials at the pizza shop.
“He’s enjoyable to watch,” says franchise owner Sylvia Salahutdin. “Many customers have said ‘We stopped in just because we saw him.’ I think customers appreciate his enthusiasm.”
Van Sickle is staying with friends, hoping the pizza hawking gig will make him enough for his own apartment. In the meantime, he’s having a ball.
“I’m an entertainer at heart, and this job gives me the opportunity to do that every single day, and I love it,” he said.