MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Lindsey Pattee of Plymouth was looking for something that would bring her joy.
Last year, she was working at Target in a corporate environment.
"It just wasn't bringing me joy," Pattee said.
Then during the pandemic, she was diagnosed with depression and anxiety.
"I was yearning for connection with friends and family... I'm like, 'What can I bring to people that will bring joy but also bring connection?' And that's really how the idea started," Pattee recalled.
In June of 2020, Pattee had the idea of creating a mobile bar/experience trailer out of a refurbished 18-foot long 1970s Airstream. "The Fab Tap" launched in March 2021.
"A mobile bar concept isn't new by any means but the offering that we have is," Pattee said. "I always go back to the three things that bring me joy: connection, flowers and then bubbly."
The Minneapolis-based company provides all three.
The Fab Tap comes straight to its clients, serving everything from bubbly and beer to cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks. The Airstream has eight taps; four taps are on the inside while an additional four are on the outside.
"We're a bartending service, if you will, so we actually don't buy the liquor. It is essentially bought by whoever rents out our unit," Pattee said.
Experiences and add-ons include flower crown making, bouquet making, outdoor games, photo booth prints and more.
"We've been on grass at a wedding, to driveways, to corporate events," Pattee said.
Since launching, Pattee's company has stayed busy. They typically have events every Thursday through Sunday. As things have opened up, they have done larger events and already have bookings into 2022 and 2023.
Pattee said the pandemic pushed her to take the leap into starting her own small business. She calls it "joy on wheels."
"As I was building the concept I'm like, I see something here. It brought me a lot of joy and if I got joy out of it then hopefully I could bring that to other people, as well," Pattee said.
At the end of their first year, Pattee said she plans on donating a percentage of The Fab Tap's profits to a mental health charity.
Pricing depends on what you're booking. You can learn more and inquire about different packages through The Fab Tap's website.
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