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by Andrea Tyrell
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The Biggest Little Fashion Truck, Reno’s first boutique on wheels, is one of many unique vendors found around Victorian Square for Hot August Nights.
The Biggest Little Fashion Truck, Reno’s first boutique on wheels, is one of many unique vendors found around Victorian Square for Hot August Nights.
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Most people go to Hot August Nights to check out the classic cars, but some go to shop. Each year brings a variety of vendors, selling specialty goods at the craft fairs and booths, promoting this year’s official Hot August Night T-shirt and cold beers. For those looking to buy gifts a little out of the ordinary this year, there are a handful of vendors selling locally made treats, homemade clothes and quirky odds and ends.

If you’re looking for something spicy to savor along with your cold brew, stop by the West Coast Hot Sauce booth, manned and owned by Sharon Lombard. Specializing in extra-spicy hot sauces and fusion olive oils, Lombard insists that her hot sauces can be eaten with anything. With flavors ranging from Dragon Fire Heat to Mango Bango, these hot sauces are made, bottled and labeled in northern Nevada.

“We are a local company,” Lombard said. “Our products are made here and we sell other local products, too.”

West Coast Hot Sauce also sells Gourmet Rooster, a local company that specializes in salsas, jams and barbecue sauces.

Lombard sells her sauces all summer long during the major events and farmer’s markets.

“We’re all over the place. We’re at the Sparks Farmer’s Market every Thursday and up in Spanish Springs every Saturday. And we’re going to be at Rib Cook Off, of course,” she said. “It’s so important to buy local. It helps provide jobs and helps boost up our economy.”

Vinnie Lucido and Hilary Schieve own and run the Biggest Little Fashion Truck, Reno’s first boutique on wheels. Inspired by the fashion carts found in New York City and San Francisico, Lucido, a former luxury car mechanic, thought it was time to bring high style to the streets of the Truckee Meadows.

“People are just used to those 10 x 10 tents. We wanted to do something different and establish some sort of following,” Lucido said.

The Fashion Truck features women’s clothing and men’s accessories, extra small to plus size, at a wide range of prices from authentic Coach purses starting at $200 to leather bracelets and 1950s-inspired sunglasses at $5. They also feature pieces from the collections of local designers, like Reno eNVy.

The bright pink truck fits the restoration theme of Hot August Nights, with Lucido ripping out most of the van’s interior himself and refinishing the interior.

“Transforming the van took about three months,” said Lucido. “I’ve done everything from putting in the wooden paneled floors and shelving, to making the dressing room, to adding all the little sticker decals. “

The Fashion Truck recently won first place in the Reno Best Vehicle Wrap, a contest sponsored by Sparks’ Grafics Unlimited, Inc, that judges the exterior paint and sticker job of each entered car. The Biggest Little City Fashion Truck won with its pink argyle surface and its memorable logo.

The Biggest Little Fashion Truck made it’s first appearance at the Nevada Women’s Expo in March and makes frequent stops at many major events the Reno-Sparks area has to offer. Lucido updates the Fashion Truck’s location via Facebook every day.

“We’re going to be at the Rib Cook,” said Lucido. “We try to make it all over Reno and Sparks and try to have a different variety of clothes and accessories each time we stop.”

As summertime incentive, the Biggest Little Fashion Truck hosts private parties for Rail City fashionistas and other clothes-minded enthusiasts. For a truck party, the host must have at least 10 guests and spend a minimum of an hour with the truck. The host can be given discounts on the merchandise.

If couture culture isn’t for you, you can always wear a pendant with a grasshopper in it.

“They’re certainly very unique,” said Brian Jacklich, owner of Mother Nature’s Jewelry, a jewelry company that encases bugs, insects, small crustaceans and plant life and mounts them on jewelry settings. “There are dangly earrings made of butterfly wings, rings with roaches in them and paperweights with tarantulas,” said Jacklich.

Venturing to the Rail City from Redwood City, Calif., specifically for Hot August Nights, Jacklich is not only hoping to sell his wares but get the public to understand and appreciate all things creepy and crawly.

“This is actually our first time out in Sparks, and we’re having a great time,” said Jacklich. “My family has been doing this for about 17 years now and we’re finally expanding.”

Mother Nature’s Jewelry only uses invasive species, shipped frozen in shipments of 500 pieces or more from South America.

“We’re all about conservation and don’t accept any endangered species,” said Jacklich. “All the bugs are shipped to us on dry ice and we carefully mount them on thin strips of cork board and into the molds. Then, very carefully to prevent any air bubbles from forming, we pour the lucite enamel over the bug and wait for it to set.”

Mother Nature’s Jewelry prices vary from $5 to $50, depending on the size of piece. The booth will be at the Nugget vendors fair location for the rest of Hot August Nights and will return for the week-long celebration of the Rib Cook Off.

For more information about West Coast Hot Sauce, visit westcoasthotsauce.com. For more information about the Biggest Little City Fashion Truck, visit biggestlittlefashiontruck.com.
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