Beth Ann Vann doesn’t have any problem with operating her unique boutique.
Driving around the 1986 Chevrolet vehicle — think food truck — isn’t difficult for the former U.S. Army helicopter pilot. Vann purchased the former electrician’s truck in January and went about transforming into a mobile boutique, one of only a handful operating in the Kansas City area.
Beth Ann’s Boutique officially opened for business at an April 1 event in Kansas City, Mo.
In the past few months, Vann updated the look of her truck from temporary signage to a sassy pink look complete with eye lashes over the windshield. Those interested in bringing her unique retail experience to an event can contact her at (816) 895-2288 or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/bethannsboutique) or Twitter (@BethAnnsBoutiqu).
Vann continues to work with the Kansas City Food Truck Association and tries to partner up at events, offering a unique option for those there to grab a bite to eat. She recently worked the Platte County Fair and continues to evaluate the best places to go in the metro area to drive business.
So far, Vann just parks at events and allows the customers to come to her, although her license allows her to operate in the fashion of an ice cream truck.
“I can, but I haven’t yet,” she said.
Beth Ann’s Boutique offers clothing, handbags and accessories with the inside of the truck painted to resemble a more traditional store setting. All of the items are brand new, but the motto of being “The fashion boutique that comes to you” offers her the chance to stand out.
The truck doesn’t hurt either.
Steve Vann, her husband, worked on the mechanical side, and after using the temporary signage for a few months, Beth Ann gave a designer an idea of what she wanted the truck to look like. The finished pink product showed up a few months ago, basically a giant sticker covering up the side of the truck.
The Platte City Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to honor the unique venture last week.