10 cool mobile businesses in the Valley
Food trucks aren’t the only businesses successfully traveling across the Valley. Here are 10 mobile businesses and organizations that travel to sell retail, food and provide entertainment and services at your convenience.
Trying to take your pets on a walk can be a hassle, but with RunBuddy Mobile, you can take your pet to this mobile gym steps from your front door filled with state-of-the-art doggy treadmills, so they can get their daily exercise routine in or get started on shedding a pound or two! All sizes and breeds are welcome to get their exercise in the air-conditioned gym with safety and comfort—you can cheer your dog on or leave it to RunBuddy professionals to watch your beloved pet. RunBuddy has three stages of training for your pup no matter their exercise level: stage 1- initial fitness, stage 2- confidence fitness and stage 3- challenge fitness. Each session lasts approximately 20-30 minutes and are recommended weekly for optimal results, such as keeping their weight under control and keeping them healthy and agile and can reduce behavior problems like hyperactivity, barking and digging.
Now getting a chic haircut is more convenient than ever. Shears to You has professional stylists ready to help you take your hair to the next level with services for men and women in cutting, coloring, styling, texturizing and waxing. Whether it’s a regular haircut or for a special occasion like a prom or wedding, Shears to You can come to residences, corporate and business centers, community centers and hotels and resorts. Decorated by Paul Mitchell Corporate with three hair styling stations, Paul Mitchell professional hair care products including a color bar, sound system and a lounge area, this stylish travel salon inside and out is ready to help you find your perfect look.
Did someone say mobile bar? The Duchess, Baron and their newest fleet member, the Colonel, are mobile bar trucks based out of Scottsdale that offer bartending services and travel to events, social functions, weddings and more. The Duchess truck is a champagne color and comes decked out with custom cabinets, a 2-tap keg system, ice sink, chalkboard, decor, cocktail marquee sign and cafe lights. The Baron truck, formerly a 1973 Citroen HY van from France decorated with black with gold and silver accents, comes decked out with custom cabinets, wood bar top, custom chalkboard and vintage cocktail marquee sign. Their most recent addition, the Colonel truck, is a 1958 International Harvester Metro that’s black with red accents and comes decked out with two 10 ft bar tops, custom cabinets and bar marquee sign.
Get ready for an art experience like no other! Step inside Vino and Canvas, a mobile art studio equipped with painting supplies and an instructor for a pop-up art party. Since they were founded in December 2012, they have hosted over 1,700 events, partnered with over 100 different locally owned and operated establishments and painted with over 30,000 painters. They host classes and public events, private and corporate parties and provide high quality supplies, interactive classes and a Very Important Painter (VIP) program where repeat customers receive a lifetime discount at an unbeatable rate. You can travel to one of their partner locations in the Valley, or they can come to your office or home for a fun and memorable experience.
Kids and adults won’t forget this unique gaming experience — all right outside the comfort of your home! Invite friends for a game night, birthday party or gather for a fundraiser for a fun video gaming experience. People of all ages can enjoy the latest video games and a gaming environment surrounded with state-of-the-art electronics, top-notch lighting and sound system and multiple 3D HDTVs, in addition to an optional interactive Rock Stage with guard rails and lights. Play the latest in Xbox 360 and Wii games with up to 20 other gamers at the same time, or their mega trailer which can accommodate 28 gamers at one time.
Ever wanted to listen to music without the ticket costs and traveling to an entertainment venue? Great for a corporate celebration or private party, Soundbite is a truck sponsored by public radio stations, KJZZ and K-BACH that travels to events and provides an engaging community experience through broadcast music, live entertainment on their performance stage or broadcasted events from the stage. Soundbite’s staff and recording studio can also capture interviews and stories to use to promote your community or event. Soundbite also has a fully equipped recording studio and guests can enjoy freshly-prepared food from their kitchen.
If you feel like going shopping but don’t want to make a trip to the mall, Rolling Rack is your new shopping best friend. Rolling Rack is a traveling 34-foot-long clothing boutique packed with tops, pants, dresses and jewelry all so stylishly laid out you’ll forget you’re in a traveling boutique! Make it a more memorable experience by taking photos at their decorated selfie station with selfie wall, try on which pieces speak to you in their fitting room, and enjoy the flat screen TV and music on their sound system. They travel for private events, attend public events and have a brick and mortar location in Scottsdale that opened in early December.
SEEDs for Autism is a Phoenix-based 501 (c)3 vocational training program dedicated to teaching autistic/Asperger adults across the spectrum a multitude of job skills related to the arts. They provide job development training, vocational rehabilitation and a SEEDs for Autism summer program—which are day camps for youth ages 15+ where they learn skills and participate in projects in science, culinary, computers, writing, arts and crafts and drama.
In a small classroom setting with a small teacher: student ratio, they are taught art skills including welding, sewing, weaving, woodturning, ceramics and jewelry. Their mobile boutique provides students a chance to engage with the community and operate the mobile store — the boutique sells handmade products made by SEEDs students including natural soap, loose-leaf tea, jewelry, home and garden tools, decorations and more.
The Joy Bus Diner is a nonprofit restaurant in Phoenix that serves made-to-order breakfast and lunch every Tuesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. — all proceeds support nonprofit organization The Joy Bus, which collects and cooks donated food for volunteers to deliver to homebound cancer patients around the Valley. Over time, The Joy Bus Diner expanded into the nonprofit, The Joy Bus, which fulfills its mission to relieve the daily struggles of homebound cancer patients with a fresh meal and friendly face with the support of community partners and many local chefs serving on The Joy Bus Board of Directors.
Fresh produce is coming your way! Farm Express by Discovery Triangle serves fresh produce to individuals, families, educators and more in Phoenix and Tempe as a way to increase access to affordable and healthy food. The mobile produce market aims to enhance the health of Valley residents by not only increasing access, availability and affordability of fresh produce, but also providing health and wellness resources to empower community members to make healthy choices. Since it was launched in 2014, Farm Express makes its way through community gathering places such as schools, senior centers, health clinics, and neighborhoods throughout Phoenix and Tempe.