Wanting to spend more time with her 15 year old son - and keep him busy during summer vacation - Rebecca Gagnon of Bellows Falls created an unusual approach. She decided to open a hot dog vending cart.
"I thought here was a great opportunity for him to learn a business," she said. "He's really been into it. It's been great."
Located in the parking lot of the old St. Johnsbury Trucking terminal in Westminster just across the Rockingham town line, the Quagmire Hot Diggity Dogs cart, with its tent-shaded chairs and tables, has proven a popular lunch spot, Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Gagnon said that the chili cheese dog is hands down the best seller, and business has consistently improved from week to week. Specializing in hot dogs, soda and chips, she said they would likely add homemade chili as the season cools and we move into fall. She plans on keeping the cart open at least through foliage season. She said she's also open for menu suggestions from any of her customers.
"I've always wanted to try some sort of vending cart," said Gagnon, who is also a consultant for the Brattleboro Town Transit. "It's smaller and easier to manage than a lot of businesses. I'm also fortunate enough to have Dave Gorham, the owner of Mr. G's in North Walpole, NH, letting me set up here at the old trucking terminal."