Today we’d like to introduce you to Melanie Parr.
Melanie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My husband, two daughters and I moved from England to Evergreen, Colorado in June 2015. We had never been to Colorado before but knew it would be an adventure. And sometimes you’ve just got to be a pirate and try something a little crazy. I started working at a dog groomers in Evergreen. A year and a half later I ended up in an eight-day induced coma! I had asthma, a dog dander allergy and had picked up pneumonia. The combination started to shut down my lungs and my internal organs- luckily my hubby found me, called an ambulance and I had the best care at St Anthony’s Hospital. I don’t recommend coma’s – I woke up smelly & hairy!
Not to mention needing physical therapy & I lost my voice for six weeks – plus the hallucinations coming out of the coma were not good! I thought my brother in law was an egg on television trying to communicate with me through secret code – Ahahaha!!!! Anyway, I couldn’t go back to dog grooming. So I found an old 1973 Citroën H Van on eBay. It had just been imported into New York from France by a Frenchman living there. I bought it. Shipped it to Evergreen. Trailered it to Parker, Co where I found the best fabricator in the state. Had it painted & sign written. And then the location I found for it in Downtown Evergreen required a crane to drop the vehicle into the courtyard- so we did it! It’s a food truck that doesn’t move! It still has its original engine and can drive about 5 miles an hour! I figured if I’m going to do French Crêpes- they might as well be done in a rare vintage French vehicle!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Nothings easy. If life was easy, how bored we’d all be! There were challenges all along the way! Sourcing the vehicle. Finding funds. Timing. Licenses. Learning to cook Crêpes! I taught myself a few days before the grand opening in October 2017! Finding someone to crane an antique vehicle with a brand new heavy commercial kitchen just installed inside! Keeping the Bears away in the summer! My greatest fear is a bear ripping the van open overnight like a tin of sardines! And running it during the winter- when once my pipes froze and exploded inside! My bananas turned black! My tomatoes froze into rock hard baseballs- so I didn’t open that day……….. lots of challenges
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Oh Crêpe Colorado story. Tell us more about the business.
We make fresh, handmade gluten-free Crêpes in front of you. All out of a vintage French 1973 Citroën H Van. All the crepes are gluten free – it makes me a little crispier which is tasty! We’re unlike any other food truck in the USA- were completely open- you can see everything being handled and made in front of you and talk to the chef (me!) while I’m making your order! Plus everyone wants to know what kind of vehicle it is as they’re so rare in the states and how did we get it into the courtyard?!
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
The coma – I’m lucky I didn’t die. It pushed me into opening the Crêpe van! I still miss working with dogs so I’ve made the courtyard as dog-friendly as possible with tie-ups, water bowls, and platforms for them to lay down on! And we try to take as many pics as we can of customers dogs when they visit! They’re proud to show off their fur babies and we’re proud to post them on our social media sites!
- Address: 4602 Plettner Lane, Center Courtyard
Evergreen Colorado 80439
- Website: www.ohcrepecolorado.com
- Instagram: ohcrepecolorado
- Facebook: ohcrepecoloradollc
- Yelp: Oh Crepe Colorado