August 14, 2015
The Rolling Runway is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Morgan Schubert & Kendall Turnipseed. With an idea that began in a college course, Schubert and Turnispeed combined their love of fashion and the open road with a strategy to minimize the overhead of a brick and mortar store. What was born is a truly unique retail venture: a 1963 Airstream trailer renovated into a mobile boutique. When we caught a glimpse of the gorgeous white tin ceiling in Silvia, the name of Schubert and Turnipseed’s Airstream, we had to learn more…
The renovations of our 1963 Airstream lasted about 8 months, and we had our grand opening August 2, 2015 when we officially opened for business. We are doing a few more events in Athens this month and then hope to start traveling outside of Athens!
The idea stemmed from a class I (Morgan) took my junior year of college where we sold student made merchandise from a mobile boutique operating out of a golfcart called “Couture a la Cart.” When I worked with Kendall (my business partner) in college, we talked about owning our own mobile women’s store since we knew it would cost less than an actual brick & mortar store. Once we researched mobile trailers, we decided we liked Airstreams the best and they have a huge following.
We heard of American Tin Ceilings from Google. We found an Airstream online where someone used white tiles on the walls and we wanted the same look for our mobile boutique. After researching, we found out they were tiles and around $20 a piece at Home Depot/Lowes. We determined it would be way too expensive for our pretty much non-existent budget, but we still wanted to figure out a way to recreate the look. We found American Tin Ceilings, which had tin tiles for $7 a tile and figured we could spray paint them white and it would end up cheaper than $20 a tile. It was perfect because without the tiles, we would have had to figure out a way to conceal some random holes in the actual aluminum walls on the inside.
The installation process was pretty simple. We applied contact cement on the tiles and the walls, let both dry for 15 min then stuck the tiles to the wall. After all the tiles were up, we riveted them to the interior walls of the trailer so they would never move.
When we finished installing the tin we were so happy we chose to use tiles instead of just paint because it helped us hide holes in our walls and they were super simple to install. Everyone has commented on the tin and loves it! They want to know more and where it’s from and of course we tell them American Tin Ceilings. Customers also love the entire boutique and are really proud of us for doing everything ourselves and don’t believe us when we say we put up the tiles ourselves. The tin tiles really helped us create that unique experience we wanted for our Airstream.
We hope to do events all around Georgia during the fall and hopefully travel to more states! We do markets, festivals, and private events at your home, office or school! We have a website www.rollingrunway.com where you can shop online and check out our calendar to see where we will be next! We Instagram @rollingrunway a lot as well!
Whether your project is big or small, residential or commercial, we are happy to help you choose and customize your tin project with assistance selecting patterns, colors, moldings and trim. There is often more than a single way to approach a project, and we can assist in determining the layout of the project and the necessary quantity of panels. We are also happy to provide drawings for ceiling projects.
If you’d like a consultation by phone, just fill out the form below (or call 888-231-7500) to set up a time and provide us a little information about your project. Our design experts will be happy to review your photos, measurements or plans, and make personalized suggestions for your tin project.