Trucks aren't just for food anymore. The food truck industry has inspired business owners across the country to go mobile with their own goods and services, from cigar shops and farmer's markets to medical services and even a karaoke bar! Here are three RV and bus-based businesses that will make you feel pretty and pampered, even if you don't have time for the spa.
La Lacquerie Mobile Nail Salon
Susan Aflak quit her job as an investment banker to pursue a dream inspired by the food cart scene: a mobile nail salon. With a customized 1960s Airstream camper as her mobile office, she now offers manicures and pedicures to time-pressed professionals who want to look their best but just can't seem to fit a trip to the nail salon into their schedules.
So far, La Lacquerie has been a big hit in the San Francisco Bay Area. The salon visits big tech companies such as Facebook, Google, and YouTube weekly to provide nail services to their employees.
Lodekka: The Double-Decker Dress Shop
Photo: Leela Cyd
Need a stellar outfit for a night on the town? Look no further than Lodekka, the double decker dress shop that sells vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories in and around Portland, Oregon. The owner, Erin Sutherland, restored the double-decker bus herself after being laid off from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She does all of the shopping for the dress shop herself and purchases most of her wares from thrift shops.
Enjoy the Spa Treatment with Renewal Retreat Onsite
Don't have time for a facial, manicure, waxing, or spa back treatment? That's OK. Renewal Retreat Onsite's mobile day spa will come to your business to provide services to employees. Can you think of a better perk than a spa treatment? What an incredible way to boost morale!
Renewal Retreat Onsite also does private parties for any occasion, including birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and spa parties for teens.
Are Mobile Businesses the Future?
Mobile beauty treatments are few and far between now, but with the high cost of renting retail space—and the huge losses owners can experience if they choose the wrong location, more entrepreneurs are looking to mobile options that allow them to move their shops to wherever the customers are. Perhaps someday, our kids will be astonished when we tell them that we actually had to drive to the nail salon, rather than having it show up at work during our lunch break.