How The Wine Trough came to be.
First things first. I, Lacy Clark, owner of The Wine Trough and FitWoo Nutrition, have been wanting a Food Truck for almost ten years! I constantly had my eyes out and looking for the perfect food truck to transfer my nutrition company to. See FitWoo Nutrition has been operable now for almost 6 years and a I have personally worked every part of the food industry. I was worked at a bakery through high school, waitressed through college, wrote for a food and wine magazine out of college, opened a meal prep company and became a chef in 2015, then wrote my first cookbook in 2018. To say the least, food is my love language. Wine makes me bilingual. :-) The quick story behind my love of wine, more so local wine, is that after my first son was born my mother took me to my first wine tasting. I fell in love with the education and sophistication of it all. I bounced around with wine from here to there. Always enjoying the experience, but it wasnt until I met Chris that it became ever so intriguing. We started in Indiana and worked our way through 20 wineries/ wine tastings in several states in the first two years of being together. We had so much fun talking about the wines. What he liked, what I liked, what neither of us liked. Ha! Ha! Then my two loves met: The Wine Trough. When this one became for sale, it was a paragliding hanger and although the stickers were cool, it was far from my vision! Foam flooring, AC unit, 2 shelves and a bed. Thats it. So with title in hand, we stripped everything out. I quit corporate America and started my dream.
Floors were next! My middle son Nolan and I did the first days work on buying and installing these beauts. Day two, was finished by Chris and I. "Floating floor?" Why would anyone invent that?!
Then there was this gorgeous piece of oak. Brian Meeks out of Kokomo, IN customized this piece to be our focal point. THE BAR. Keeping the live edge was important to me so please stop and enjoy next time you walk up. He trimmed it down and also made us two customized shelves, hands down my favorite part. Chris put the industrial piping on the shelves and hand crafted me the cabinets to go underneath. Brian installed the bar himself. It is also removable so we can get larger items in and out with ease. Genius.
The shelves inside are butcher block which was sanded and stained by yours truly and installed by Chris.
The horse picture, bit and horse shoe are all from Thistle and Thyme in downtown Noblesville. Another female ran local business that I love to support. The lasso is from my FIL Steve Dickover. The cowboy hat is one of the last things I have from my Grandfather, Chuck Hill. Another previous local entrepreneur. Next time you walk by this piece please take a moment to recognize its travel over 60 years and all over the Wild Wild West.
The stools, table, wine cowgirl, wine stands and mirror are all repurposed locally. The generator is borrowed from my mother, Lisa Hill.
Next was the exterior. My little brother designed and coded this logo for me. He took all my criticism and ideas and whipped me up something special. My MIL, Toni Dickover, and I spent a days work removing all these stickers and washing the trough for the first time. Then my oldest son, Maddox, and I removed the remaining stickers on Day 2. The logo was locally made and installed by Chad Huff, the owner of CSI Signs. Another wonderful local company. Chad nailed this vision for me as I wanted to keep it as non-commercial as possible.
I installed the backsplash and curtains myself, while Chris hung the pictures and menu. He also secured the Trough's appliances.
The exterior bar top was sanded and stained by me and installed by Chris with up to 300 lb holding brackets underneath.
I painted our ramp up to the bar with a non-slip grey safety concrete. This turned out really great in two coats. Expensive but worth it for our patrons not to fall.
Last but certainly not least, Chris hand made me four posts for the designated 21 and over bar area. I strung a large horse rope through these and made it our roped off area. Turned out great.