October 7, 2013
A Little Black Dress In The Back Of A Little Blue Truck...
Say what you want about the Millennials. You know, the 20 to 30-year-olds, who have grown up in a petri dish of an over-texting, over-sexting, selfie-obsessed existence. Oh, and throw in a trophy for merely showing up. I remember the good old days of gleaning awards for hard work, determination, and the art of competition and sportsmanship.
While we as a nation have sadly created a generation of "what's in it for me", there are still a HUGE number of Millennials who are standing tall with good old-fashioned work ethic and drive.
Last summer we moved from the East Coast to the Midwest. We had a few days before our belongings arrived at our new destination so we took the liberty of enjoying a few states that we had never before visited. Only because it was in our path, we stopped in Columbus, Ohio. Initially, I didn't give it much respect, but left this terrific town with a feeling of unexpected happiness. As we pulled up to our hotel in the historic district of Columbus, there was a quaint street fair going on. Through the sea of handmade scarves and jewelry, a little blue truck caught my eye. It was a vintage looking Tiffany Blue delivery truck that had been turned into a mobile dress shop. I made a mental note to check it out once we were settled.
As we finished a beautiful dinner at an outdoor cafe, I told my husband that I was going to take a quick lap around the little blue truck. Not surprised by my request, he happily allowed his wife the pleasure of vehicular shopping. And charming it was! As I stepped into this pristinely transformed boutique, I was mesmerized. The adorable gal perched against the back wall smiled and welcomed me in as if she had invited me into her home. A proud Catherine Shadeed introduced herself as the owner of The Boutique Truck. Did I mention that she holds a full time job while embarking on her life long dream of owning a clothing boutique? I was impressed by this young woman, and equally impressed with the clever idea of her completely transformed mobile dress shop.
Here's how it works, she sets up a schedule so shoppers know where she will be during the month. She is also available for private parties in the Columbus area. Now, how fun is that? Her newfound business can also be found at www.theboutiquetruck.com. I am sure she would much appreciate it if you liked her on Facebook or followed her on Twitter!
So, on behalf of those of us who grew up with phones attached to the wall, and relegated to the card catalog at the library to fulfill academic assignments, I can happily report that there is a nice contingent of Millennials who are digging deep to succeed! Well done, Catherine.