There has been an explosion of creativity among chefs who have taken their gourmet dishes to the streets over the past few years. The food truck phenomenon has received quite a bit of attention, thanks to TV shows like Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” and The Cooking Channel’s “Eat Street.” Food trucks and the shows they’ve inspired are hot right now, without a doubt.
But there are other industries that have taken to the streets, too. Check out these mobile businesses offering far more than just food:
Riverview Farms: The Mobile Market
Everyone loves a bustling farmers market with fresh and organic produce. Georgia’s Riverview Farms takes the conventional idea of the farmers market and combines it with a schedule like that of a touring band. Customers can check out Riverview’s website, Facebook page or Twitter feed to see where in Atlanta its “Farm Mobile” will be on any given day. On top of organic produce, Riverview offers locally grown fruits, veggies, pork and beef products.
SpaBark: The Mobile Groomer
If the idea of a mobile pet grooming business immediately makes you think of “Dumb & Dumber,” you’re not alone. However, the state-of-the-art trucks in SpaBark’s fleet share little in common with the one featured in the classic movie. The groomers come right to the doorsteps of customers in a variety of Chicago neighborhoods, and the pets get to stay comfortably in their own homes. This is not only convenient for owners, but also great for pets, especially those that suffer separation anxiety. Don’t let the company’s name make you think this is a canine-centric affair; they also have several certified feline master groomers.
Mobile Cigar Lounge
Leave it to Tampa, Fla., to come up with the concept of a mobile cigar lounge where you can purchase and enjoy your favorite stogie in a posh ride. What this business lacks in creative naming, it more than makes up for in style and class.
RVIP Lounge & Karaoke Cabaret: The Mobile Karaoke Bar
Austin, Texas, is known for being one of the most artistic cities in America. Though South by Southwest may be the biggest and most famous of the city’s festivals, there is almost always something happening in Austin. On any given night, the craziest of these could be taking place inside this truck.
Described as a “self-appointed renegade VIP lounge,” this refurbished RV is one part drunk tank, one part karaoke lounge and one part carpool. It drives through the streets of Austin as people stumble through the lyrics of songs like “I Will Survive” and “Paradise City” from evening until well past dawn, and may be the best party in all of Texas.
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