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"if you can put a full functioning kitchen into a mobile truck - why can't i do the same with a salon?"
Every time I use to see a food truck - I stared at it. I studied it. I was in awe of it. I couldn't stop thinking - if you can put a full functioning kitchen into a mobile truck, why can't I do the same with a salon.
That had started back in 2015 when I was still living in Minnesota but it was after moving to Los Angeles - the concept of a mobile salon became larger than life and my vision began to form on paper.
By the end of 2019 I was ready to turn this vision and plan into action. All that was left to do was leave the barbershop I had called home and managed for the last 6 years, toss the security of a corporate job out the window and start building out my dream.
It's funny to look back at things now - building a business is never easy but building something you thought was so well planned through a global pandemic and a world of uncertainty is a wild ride to say the least.
a look back at the beginning...
I needed a truck that could pass all of requirements California has but I also wanted something with character. I didn't want new. I didn't want shinny.
I wanted to Renew. Reuse. & Reinvent.
Then I found my Truck ... on eBay of all places. A 1991 P30 Stepvan in Madison, WI that had been previously converted into a fire truck. It had lights, sirens and ALL the characteristics I was looking for!
I thought it would be a fun journey to pick it up in person and drive it back to California. Well I made it to Iowa and then the transmission blew!
Working transmission or not thought it was PERFECT! Those lights and sirens ended up being a huge bonus on the side of the road ;)
finding the Perfect Truck!
After getting it shipped backed to California, there was a lot of work to be done. The engine, transmission and underbody needed major work. Plus all of the construction that needed to happen to turn this dusty gem from old fire truck to super sleek salon on wheels.
However, starting a business is not easy. Everything doesn't go exactly as you plan. Things take longer to come into fruition. And it's true what they say that if it was easy, everyone would do it.
To make a very long story short I've learned a lot, lost a lot in this journey and have even considered throwing in the towel. But to be honest, it was all worth it - the good, the bad and the frustrating!
On a Truck side of things, it is officially a mechanically sound Fire Truck with a fully rebuilt transmission, tuned up engine and redone underbody.
Stay tuned for what's next!