MANDAN, N.D. — Cassidy Hartman and Krysten Faehnrich believe they've identified the next big trend for weddings, festivals, corporate and private events. They call her "Pearl."
Pearl is a Piaggio Ape, which is a three-wheeled Vespa-like scooter manufactured in Italy. Right now Pearl is on a cargo ship on its way to Virginia, where it will be converted to a mobile bar with seven different tap lines.
"Right now Pearl the Piaggio is getting pretty," Hartman said via a Zoom interview Friday, July 9, from her office in Mandan.
Hartman said they chose the name Pearl because a pearl is "something unique and valuable, and we think that's what we have here."
Hartman and Faehnrich will travel to Virginia in September to bring Pearl back to Mandan, but it may not be there long.
Doing business as Bubbles and Brews ND, Hartman and Faehnrich will bring Pearl to your event where they'll serve guests beer, wine, champagne, craft cocktails and mocktails.
"It's all up to the client to choose what to have in the truck for their event," Hartman said.
That means the client must either buy the alcohol from a liquor store or a distributor if they obtain a one-day liquor license.
"We're there to serve. It's really operated as an open bar, but there is also an option if people want to do a ticket system. They could buy tickets from the bar at the venue," Hartman said. "We don't ever have the liquor sales going through us, which is why we're able to be so mobile, serving multiple different counties and cities."
Faehnrich said Bubbles and Brews ND isn't limited to weddings.
"Anything business-related, whether its Christmas parties, grand openings or client appreciation events," she said. "Or birthday parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, bridal showers. We can customize it to what people want."
Bubbles and Brews ND will serve the entire state of North Dakota, and the business partners will consider events in surrounding Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota. While Pearl is drivable, they will haul it to a venue in an enclosed trailer. Because it is only 5 feet wide, Pearl can be stationed both indoors and outdoors.
Pearl is their first Piaggio Ape, but Faehnrich said they hope to eventually purchase a few more to be stationed throughout North Dakota.
Hartman and Faehnrich both moved into the same cul de sac in Mandan last year. They met while taking their dogs for walks, and soon began walking together. Their visits soon turned to business. Both newlyweds, the women were initially interested in starting a wedding-related business.
"As I was looking around, I thought maybe we could go broader than the wedding industry and more the event industry. We love doing events. We love talking to and meeting new people," Hartman said.
When Hartman stumbled upon Get Cozy Vintage Mobile Bars, she knew she found the right fit.
Founded by Jon and Rachel Lintvet, Get Cozy has been featured by ENews, People magazine, the knot and Martha Stewart wedding.
While the concept was founded by the Lintvets, Faehnrich and Cassidy will own Bubbles and Brews ND outright once they pick up Pearl.
Hartman and Faehnrich will share their entrepreneurial journey at 1 Million Cups in Bismarck Wednesday, July 14. To watch the event virtually, visit www.1millioncups.com/bisman.
"We want North Dakota to know we're a small, local business and we're excited to bring this here and to hopefully get the community and other local businesses involved and just make North Dakota that much better," Hartman said.