In the last few years, food trucks have started to populate the streets of Denver -- now, the mobile concept has shifted in a new direction: trailers that troll the streets selling vintage clothing, wares, art and handmade goods.
This Sunday from 2-7 p.m., a curated collection of mobile boutiques from across the country and the trailer captains that helm them--including Brick & Mortar General Store, Coast to Coast Vintage, La Lovely Vintage, and Small Room Collective--will post up at Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew to showcase their offerings, with a special visit from the cult-favorite eyewear purveyor Warby Parker as they continue their cross-country journey in a school bus that serves as both classroom and showroom.
Tran Wills and Allison Shaw, co-founders of Brick & Mortar General store, feel that mobile shopping is a natural progression in city like Denver which is centered around an outdoor lifestyle.
"In Denver, everyone wants to start a business, and it's a no-brainer to start with a trailer in the same way that food trucks start mobile," explains Wills. That way, you can try things out and work the kinks out before committing to a brick-and-mortar--and we've been lucky. Most places have greeted us with open arms and continue to invite us back. It allows us to be more creative, too--every time we set up somewhere, we can curate it a little differently than before."
Wills and Shaw organized the trailer bash after fellow trailer owners started to get in touch with them when they were coming through town. "When we started talking about it, a lot of fellow trailers were passing through and it just worked out," says Wills."We thought it would be cool to do a whole event of trailer shops, so we picked a date, and we've continued to add retailers since. It's something that hasn't been done, and we're so happy to do it in the parking lot of Our Mutual Friend so people can relax with a beer and grab food at the food trucks. We're really looking forward to it"
As for the newest addition to the Trailer Bash headliners, the Warby Parker school bus, it will fit right in with the traveling theme; the bus was retrofitted to act as part-library, part-showroom, and honors the American cross-country road trip in literature. Upon entering the bus, one can decide to sink into a leather chair with a Jack Kerouac novel, or decide on a pair of new shades with a team of Warby Parker specialists.
The Trailer Bash is on Sunday, July 14th from 2-7 p.m. at Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew.
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