Natalie & Steve are the owners of Alice & Hamish, the 1st mobile boutique located in Scranton, Pennsylvania area. This boutique specializes in unique toys & gifts, stylish clothing, and essentials for children. PLUS the truck has the most adorable theme…”Alice & Wonderland”!
IN THIS EPISODE YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:
- Natalie has a Fashion Merchandising degree from LIM College in New York.
- Natalie still works in Fashion doing design and product development for a women’s clothing line.
- Steve has a business management background.
- Steve runs the truck during the week.
- There aren’t many children’s stores in the area. Plus Natalie has always had a hard time shopping for her niece & nephew at local businesses, so this is what sparked the idea to open a children’s boutique.
- They pursued the idea of a brick & mortar store, but when they could raise enough funds they decided to go with the mobile boutique.
- The design of the truck is based off of an “Alice & Wonderland” theme.
- They did all of the interior build-out on their own. The only things that were outsourced were the logo, mechanic work and the wrap installation.
- After their 1st few events they realized that the coordinators were putting them in the “Children’s” section and not with the other vendors. Eventually, they had to start requesting to be put with the regular vendors.
- Steve checked Craig’s List for the truck.
- Used the “Barter System” for payment for the truck, Steve traded his 1980 VW Rabbit diesel car.
- The key was to get the truck cheap enough so that they could replace all of the key components, like the motor, etc.
- They don’t like going to trade shows because it is hard to get products like toys due to territory issues with other retailers. The vendors don’t keep track of who they are selling to.
- For the children’s clothing, they try to buy from local designers.
- Instead of a using a generator, the entire truck runs on Solar power. All of the lights are wired directly into the solar unit.
- They use Square as the POS system.
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Web: Alice & Hamish
Facebook: Alice & Hamish
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