Geelong is a region that is bursting at the seams with small business culture and is full of passionate creatives that are working together to create a community of good business. One business that is killing it in particular is the Boutique Event Co, who recently took out the Geelong Small Business of the Year Award 2018.
While we’re happy with any type of bar that’s serving up delicious drinks at a party, there’s something special about a classy bar on wheels. Enter the travelling bar, a recent phenomenon that has people buying up vintage vans and transforming them into charming, wandering watering holes.
Founded by local couple Dani and Matt Fontana, Boutique Event Co is Geelong’s answer to the travelling bar, and relishes as a business that creates an experience that will leave a lasting impression.
Offering a mobile bar service like no other, their Caravan Bar ‘Fran’ is the perfect addition to any wedding, engagement party, corporate event, christening, birthday, and any other event you may require a delicious beverage – and it’s so easy.
“Boutique Event Co arrives at your event and takes care of anything and everything beverage related,” Dani explains. “We want people to enjoy their own event and put their feet up as a guest, not an over worked host. Our main offerings include our caravan bar, furniture hire and full bar service with delicious cocktails.
“For a guest you can ensure your drinks will be cold, your cocktails delicious and the service outstanding. As a host you’ll actually enjoy your own event and for us the perks are always being able to be a part of someone special occasion,” she continues, “plus we love being able to taste test new cocktails on ourselves, we’ve been playing around with a salted caramel espresso martini which has been a lot of fun!”
Boutique Event Co take away all that extra stress associated with a pop-up style bar, being fully licensed and providing their own friendly and knowledgeable bar staff. Serving everything from beer, cider, wine, champagne, spirits and of course cocktails, the caravan bar itself comes with all glassware and decorations required for the event, along with some stools for the back bar. Whether you’re after a full bar service or a two hour cocktail service, this power couple will make all your drinking dreams come true.
With the initial idea blossoming during a charming weekend getaway in a vintage caravan, it was a love affair between two which quickly turned into three when the duo bought their own classy van for their wedding; a traditional relic from a bygone era. It was here that their passion for events was ignited.
“When we were planning our own wedding, we attended a friend’s cocktail style wedding and just remember how cruisy it was and how happy everyone was with the concept,” Dani smiles. “We really fell in love with the feel and relaxed vibe the event had and could see ourselves enjoying this for a job.
“We were definitely in for the long haul after having put so much hard work and time into getting the van ready for our own wedding, we really didn’t feel we could turn back, and we’re so glad we didn’t!”
But why stop there? The business also offers a host of tasteful hire options such as geo wire chairs and solid wood table tops and travels far and wide throughout Victoria offering a range of products for any event or excuse to make memories.
A testament to their passion, growth and success over the past year, Boutique Event Co were recently awarded the Geelong Small Business of the Year 2018, an award that recognises the contribution to the community, innovation and collaboration of the couples business.
“This meant so much to both of us, it really gave us an opportunity to reflect on the amount of hard work we have both put into the business over the last year and left us with a real sense of fulfilment and satisfaction about what we’ve done so far, we still cannot believe we actually won! It’s truly an honour to have received the award,” Dani gushes.
It’s an honour, but it’s also well-deserved win for the small business as they navigate the ever-growing business space with their creative, innovative and motivated minds aplenty.
Creating something extraordinary in and for Geelong, Boutique Event Co deserves to be recognised.
Check them out online at www.boutiqueeventco.com.au, on Instagram (@boutiqueeventco) and on Facebook.
Written by Talia Rinaldo