Here’s how 4 Staten Island women transformed a vintage trailer into a thriving mobile bar business

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Last year, a friend of Christine and Ray Kaminsky showed the Eltingville couple a TikTok of a mobile bar in Texas. Immediately, they looked at each other, and a lightbulb went off in their heads.

“I said to my wife, ‘This is a no brainer; we have to do this,’” said Christine Kaminsky. “We shared the idea with our friends Doreen Watkins and Michelle Gerlick, and they were equally excited about doing this. We immediately started looking for a trailer the very next day,” recalled Kaminsky.

The owners say the mobile bar brings a unique aspect to any type of party. And, in addition to beverages, many hosts love to use the trailer — which is always dressed up for various occasions, from birthdays to holiday parties — as a backdrop for photos. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

They traveled to Upstate New York to check out an all-white horse trailer with a unique vintage look that they saw in a Facebook Marketplace ad.

“This woman had this trailer built so she could sell macaroons from it. We traveled pretty far to get it because it was in a very decent condition, and then we transformed it into a mobile bar. We added a single kegerator, a refrigerator, plumbing, electric and we have LED lighting,” she said. “We also redid all the wood and everything on it. So we made it our own.”

The four women opened their mobile bar service — dubbed Park & ​​Pours — on Halloween 2022. And they have been booked every weekend since for parties on Staten Island and around the Tri-state area.

“We saw it. We thought about it, and we just did it. … You don’t see a lot of these [mobile bars] out here,” said Kaminsky, noting the owners can create unique signature drinks for events and offer a variety of party packages. “It’s cool, unique and fun. It could be for any type of event, and we decorate accordingly.”

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Christine Kaminsky is ready for the next holiday in her serving booth. Park & ​​Pours owners show off their many decorating techniques for their business, January 17, 2023. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

HOW IT WORKS

By law, the host of an event or party must purchase the alcohol. But once the Park & ​​Pours crew have the booze, they take care of the rest.

“We bring all the mixers, garnishes, soda, water and stuff like that. And, of course, we provide the bartender,” said Kaminsky.

The owners say the mobile bar brings a unique aspect to any type of party. And, in addition to beverages, many hosts love to use the trailer — which is always dressed up for various occasions, from birthdays to holiday parties — as a backdrop for photos.

“The mobile bartending service is something unique and fun to add to any event — big or small. Types of events we do are weddings, birthdays, barbecues, block parties and corporate events,” said Kaminsky.

SOMETHING FOR KIDS TOO

And it’s not only about alcohol served for adults. Park & ​​Pours also offers kids party packages where there’s tasty “mocktails,” and other creative kid-friendly beverages made of juices and punch.

“For Halloween, we gave out IV bags filled with Hawaiian Punch. We gave them out to the kids, and they were going crazy. They kept asking, ‘Can we have another one?’ said Kaminsky.

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Park & ​​Pours decorates for every holiday or special occasion. (Courtesy of Park & ​​Pours)

PHOTO OPS

And the mobile bar isn’t just for private parties. Recently, the popular Island restaurant hired Park & ​​Pours for its customers to take photos with Santa Claus.

“Some customers don’t want the actual bar, but they want the trailer for a backdrop for photos, which is something else we offer,” said Kaminsky. “And for holidays, like Valentine’s Day and Easter, we will do the same thing we did for Christmas, and allow the trailer to be a place for photo ops.”

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Park & ​​Pours decorates for every holiday or special occasion. (Courtesy of Park & ​​Pours)

NO STRANGERS TO RUNNING SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS

Both couples also own other successful businesses. The Kaminskys own icray8.shop, a personalized and custom gift shop. Prince’s Bay residents Watkins and Gerlick also own Preston Sports USA, a pickleball organization and equipment supplier.

All four women have taken their creativity and business know-how into making Park & ​​Pours a success.

“What inspires us is bringing something fun to anyone’s event. When people see us, they get so excited about it, and tell us what a great idea it is,” said Kaminsky. “They can’t wait for the nicer weather to get here to have us come to their next event. … We love being a part of someone’s special day, and we get to show off what Park & ​​Pours is all about.”

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Michelle Gerlick is one of the owners for Park and Pours Mobile Serving business. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

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The owners say the mobile bar brings a unique aspect to any type of party. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

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Park & ​​Pours is all ready for Valentine’s Day. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

PARK AND POURS AT A GLANCE

Web site: ParknPours.com

Instagram: @ParknPours

TikTok: ParknPours

Facebook: Park & ​​Pours

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