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About

Hungry Hippie trailer

Owning a concession trailer has been a dream of mine for quite some time. I thought I'd enjoy being outside, interacting with customers, and being free of a normal 9 to 5. Thru my travels, passion for juicing, and desire to do something different, this is what finally came to be. Back in 2012, I took a trip to Boulder, Colorado. I wanted to see what a progressively healthy community looked like, and was blown away by this area. While walking with some friends there, I saw a food trailer and said, “I want to own one of those”. When I returned from this trip, I decided it was time to start taking steps towards that goal. Soon after, 2nd Street Juice Company was started. Eric and Stacy Peterson allowed me to sell juice at the Fresh Palate that summer and fall. That endeavor proved successful and I decided to keep going down this path. I felt it was best to go back to Boulder for further guidance. The second trip was equally as inspirational and I decided to work towards finding a trailer and making it happen. Upon returning home, I was immediately told of a trailer that fit some of my needs. It was empty and I could fabricate it as I wanted. I purchased that trailer in May of 2013 and the work began. With the help of some friends, the trailer was cleaned up, the interior painted, and a concession window was designed and installed. The ball was rolling, slowly but surely. By October of that year, my girlfriend Amanda and I decided to go to Portland, Oregon. I immediately felt at home. The small-town vibe, hippie lifestyle, and a thriving food truck community gave me motivation to keep at it and follow my dream. While there, I called to sign up for a tour this guy gave of the food carts. I thought it would be very informative and worthwhile. I ended up making friends with Brett from Food Carts Portland and he answered any questions I had regarding what worked and what didn't in a food cart. Those couple days felt like they contained the knowledge of months of research. This laid the foundation for following the project to completion. My first idea was to play vinyl records in my trailer and call it the Tasty Turntable. I had a logo made and still love the idea, but in the process of designing my food trailer I found it to be too restricting when it came to the size of the actual kitchen. Weeks later, the name Hungry Hippie came to me. It was everything I wanted: juices, organic items, my lifestyle, and a belief in community and sharing. It's 100% me. The name stuck. Winter dragged on, full of milestones and challenges. By February, I had plans drawn out, a business name, and a growing confidence that what I wanted would happen and it would be successful. So many people have been helpful in this project. I have such an appreciation for the amount of knowledge of those around me. Without everyone, I would have probably gotten frustrated and quit. With them, I was able to conquer what felt like mountains to someone who has no previous experience designing a food concession trailer or running a food cart. I have had such a fun time planning and building with my friend Ben. His patience dealing with question after question from me for months on end was nothing short of heroic. Along with this, my dad and I did the electrical installation together, which was one of my favorite experiences I can remember with him. The process is about getting to the end, but the journey is what makes it worthwhile. There you have it. The story of how the Hungry Hippie came to be. I look forward to seeing some of you at my trailer this summer and wherever the future leads. Cheers, Greg Konwinski