Knowlton Haaland: Wrigleyville's First Ever Crustomer of the Month
If our customers were our children, then Knowlton would be our oldest child. He's been coming to us since 2009, back when we were Ian's Pizza. And boy, does he have a good Dimo's story to tell. Now, it's true that every one of our crustomers of the month has a unique Dimo’s story to tell. Maybe they’ve just moved to Chicago, and they’re looking for a new pizza home. Maybe they had us for delivery once when they didn’t even live here, and now blog about us passionately. They all help paint a picture of an alternate pizzaverse that is more than just a pizzaverse; it’s a habitat for offbeat personalities, artistic expression, and memories. But Knowlton’s story takes Dimo’s mythology to a whole new level. When you’re down on your luck, have little money to spare, and don’t even have a place to live, what can a pizza place do to change that? The only way to find out is to read the story of this self-made man, right from him.
A Slice of Knowlton: A Pizza Q & A
Name: Knowlton Haaland
Nicknames? "The dancing clown." I was on the tv show So You Think You Can Dance. I tried out here in Chicago during season 2. They said if it was so you think you're funny that I'd probably win the whole thing but they didn't know what they can do with my dancing.
Where are you from originally? A tiny town called Forest Hill, Louisiana. There's 480 people on the population sign, we have a stop light and it blinks red and yellow.
When did you first start coming to Dimo's Pizza? Back in 2009 when I would go out dancing with my friends we always ended up at Dimo's.
What Is your Dimo's story? I showed up in Chicago with $80 in my pocket. My friend gave me a car and told me to pay him back when I made the money so I could drive for Uber and Lyft. I had to sleep in homeless shelters to get on my feet. I found a place at the YMCA where I could live for free for three months, I would sleep during the Day and drive for Uber and Lyft during the night bringing in as much money as I could to get a place of my own. I would stop in Dimo’s late at night when I got hungry. I would also recommend to all my Lyft and Uber riders that they had to stop by and check out this great pizza place for thin crust pizza in Wrigleyville - they have a sign in the window that says a slice of pizza out of leftfield, with the most crazy toppings, it's amazing. Also, during Thanksgiving I didn't have enough money to go back to Louisiana to be with my family so I stopped in and had a slice of their Thanksgiving Dinner pizza and really really enjoyed myself. It's amazing what you can get through if you are present and thankful!
What do you love about Dimo's? I love that they're cheap I love that they're open late at night and they're walking distance from my house. I love the crazy slices of pizza that you could never get anywhere else but dimo's. SOOOO GOOD! I love that they have a punch card system and when you get 10 slices your 11th slice is free.
Favorite slice? Thanksgiving Dinner • Chicken bacon cheddar ranch • Smores
What do you do for a living? I drive for lyft and I'm a photographer / videographer.
What are your passions? Making people laugh, dancing, Improv (I moved to Chicago so I can learn improv I want to help parents connect to their kids through play, creating and unconditional loving atmosphere with no judgment.) Video and photography, and Making the world a better place through play, and inspiring people to believe in themselves and know they are enough.
Side hobbies? I liked geocache. (It's like a Real life treasure hunt). I have a photography project I want to do for the inner city families of Chicago. I am a photographer and I specialize in families that have children with special needs or children who are hard to photograph, I go out with them on an adventure I take pictures and video and make a movie of their day. I want to offer this to families that to families would never even think to have this done and get them some pictures they can print out and hang around their house to be proud of their family and share the video celebrating there family and children and love.
Upon hearing you were Dimo’s Wrigley’s first ever customer the month... I excitedly went home and told my amazing roommate Trent Dozier (one of the strongest improvisers here in the Chicago area and beyond,and hands down one of the most amazing people in the world) that I was going to be dimo's customer of the month we both did a little dance in our kitchen and high-fived, danced some more then threw our fits in the air and held it for about 10 seconds (like at the end of the movie breakfast club)!
Anything else you would like the pizza universe to know about you? If you need a photographer to capture your beautiful memories through video and photography I'm your man.