Shoe Bar, Houston
Following the wave of summertime food trucks lining the streets, four-wheeled stores have joined the mobile phenomenon selling everything from vinyl and handmade crafts to designer clothes and shoes. Here are some trucks to track down across North America.
The Record Truck, Los Angeles
You could spend hours combing through the busload of vinyl in The Record Truck. The owner (a lifelong collector) handpicks each item from record swaps and estate sales, and even buys directly from musicians. The inventory is constantly evolving and includes vintage first releases.
Where to find it: Track it down at the First Fridays Art Walk in Long Beach, Mariachi Plaza just outside downtown L.A. or follow it on social media for other up-to-date locations.
Crafted Artisan Truck, Calgary
Inside Calgary’s first boutique on wheels is a crafty display of handmade goods by Canadian designers and artists. Pick up modern ceramic vases by Calgary-based AS Ceramics or hand-poured soy candles from Ontario’s Campy Home.
Where to find it: Check its monthly schedule for locations at festivals, craft markets and community events into the fall, including the Calgary Folk Music Festival, July 23 to 26.
Shoe Bar, Houston
This mobile shoe store, housed inside a refurbished trolley, is a shoe-lover’s dream, with styles ranging from comfy flats and sandals to sky-high wedges and heels from brands like Steve Madden and Nine West.
Fashion Truck Canada, Toronto
One of Canada’s first fashion trucks (nicknamed “Eve”) travels the city streets full of boho-inspired women’s weekend and business-casual wear like floral jumpsuits, the classic trench and soft striped tees. Find new merchandise each week from brands like Free People, Levi’s and The Fifth Label.
Where to find it: Keep up-to-date on the truck’s location (often in trendy ‘hoods like Liberty Village and Queen West) on social media.
SunsTruck, New York City
This ’97 Grumman step van (nicknamed “Silver Sal” after its previous owner) was custom-designed by Brooklyn-based Square Design to be a sunset-inspired sunglasses store on wheels. Try on funky frames from brands like illesteva or Eyebobs.
Where to find it: Track it down at sunny NYC spots like Coney Island and the streets of Brooklyn, or check its website and social media for updated daily locations.
Holiday Markets in London, Vancouver, Boston and Toronto
The holiday season doesn’t truly begin until German-inspired Christkindlmarkets pop up around the world, selling seasonal food, drinks, toys and decorations. Whether you want to meet Santa, see twinkling lights or sip mulled wine, get your yuletide on in London, Vancouver, Boston or Toronto.