From a mobile Humane Society to a coffee barista bike, there’s no shortage of unusual and conversation-worthy “trucks” emerging in this country. The “business on wheels” craze has expanded far beyond food to bring consumers everything you could possibly need, want and then some. We uncovered some of the South’s most unusual, weird and downright “huh?!” trucks to watch for during your summer travels.
Bikini Bus — Cary, North Carolina
It sells what? Bikinis
The fashion truck trend has taken off in full force and the Bikini Bus is jumping on board. It brings the best one- and two-piece bathing suits, cover-ups, flip flops and accessories to the Raleigh-Durham area for all of your pool and beach needs. Their Facebook page keeps you updated on where they are setting up shop, and their wide selection keeps you on-trend all summer long. Stop in to stock up on your swim essentials.
Amelia’s Flower Truck — Nashville, Tennessee
It sells what? Flowers
No home is complete without flowers. Making them accessible and easy to get, Amelia’s Flower Truck parks in popular neighborhoods around Nashville, making fresh flowers available on the go, so look out for the 1962 Volkswagen piled high with fresh blooms. Check the schedule to find out where you can snag a bouquet, let them put one together for you, or hire Amelia’s for your private event.
Fifth Dimension Books — Austin, Texas
It sells what? Books
Always keeping things weird, Austin residents enjoy “Austin’s Weird, Wandering Bookmobile,” which brings sci-fi and fantasy to the city’s residents. Each month, their selection rotates between the 100,000 books they have in stock, and it offers more than just sci-fi. Grab your old favorite read or try something new with a book blind date (books wrapped in paper so you don’t know what you are buying). The truck’s handy quick find tool allows readers to easily find them as they roll across town. Look no further for literary classics, T-shirts and an ever-changing selection of books — all on wheels!
Honeybee Coffee — Knoxville, Tennessee
It sells what? Coffee
Selling coffee from all over the world in the Knoxville area, Honeybee’s mission is to bring you the best quality product right when you need it. They know everyone deserves a good cup of coffee to get their day going or as a quick pick-me-up to avoid the mid-day slump. Keep up with Honeybee on Instagram to find out where you’ll find the Airstream trailer — and your coffee fix.
Bottega Collection Women’s Boutique — Mobile, Alabama
It sells what? Women’s clothing
We love when shopping is quick and convenient, and we love it even more when it helps other women achieve their goals. This stylish truck provides contemporary and trendy fashion to the women of Alabama, while empowering women across the world. A portion of all sales goes to aspiring female entrepreneurs through Kiva.org, whose goal is to inspire women everywhere to be the light to those around them. Find out where they are parked by visiting their Facebook page.
Hair & There Mobile Salon — Houston, Texas
It sells what? Hair & beauty services
Katy McLaughlin’s Hair & There Mobile Salon allows you to get a cut and color at this unlikely salon location in Katy, Texas, just outside of Houston. The mobile salon is also available for hire and will come to you for a blowout or up-do. Offering a wide range of services at reasonable prices, this is, by far, the most unique option for getting your hair done. Check out their Facebook and website for details on how to book an appointment or to find where their stylists will be.
Rolling RevIVal — Austin, Texas
It sells what? Hangover remedies
After spending a night out on Sixth Street, you may not be feeling your best. If you wake up paying for the night before, call the hangover bus to rehydrate with IVs of fluids, vitamins and headache remedies. Licensed medical professionals will have you feeling good as new in less than an hour so you can go explore all this awesome city has to offer, including a broad array of food trucks.
Beauty Paws Mobile Pet Grooming — Charleston, South Carolina
It sells what? Pet grooming services
Even our pets need to spruce up their style every now and again. Keep your four-legged friends clean and groomed this summer with Beauty Paws Mobile Pet Grooming. This truck will come to you anywhere in the Charleston area to pamper your pet. Check out their website and Instagram to keep up to date on their bookings and “yappy hours.”
Rolling Record Store — Nashville, Tennessee
It sells what? Records
Jack White’s Third Man Records hits the road to bring vinyl to music lovers across the country. The shop may be based in Nashville but this truck travels to music festivals all over the United States to spread the Third Man love to cities everywhere. Check their Facebook page for the schedule so you catch the big yellow truck as it rolls to a town near you.
From the expected to the completely bizarre, these “trucks” are offering a wide array of products and services — and keeping things interesting as they do.
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