Suzanne Serwatuk is a mama, knitter, sewer, crafter, lover, baker, blender, writer, thrifter, photographer, and Owner and Engineer (aka The Juice Lady) of The Juice Caboose, a mobile juice and smoothie truck in Vancouver BC. She is also a Writer/Blogger (www.enchantedchameleon.typepad.com)
Two Words: Urban Hippies
Are you a good representation of a Vancouver Housewife? Why?
I swing more hippy than urban but I definitely represent. I like to buy my Lululemon’s second hand, I get unintentional dreadlocks from not brushing my hair everyday and I send my kid to Waldorf. I still live in Lower Lonsdale, drive an Equinox, wear designer glasses and love a good spa treatment. Housewives that are more urban may shop designer and have manicured nails, they still breastfeed, shop at farmer’s markets, meditate and care about the environment. There’s a common theme throughout us and it always breaks down to urban hippies. Old skool is cool.
Do you feel that living in Vancouver in some way defines who you are? Please explain.
The only thing that Vancouver defines is the ridiculous cost of housing. The rest is all me.
Have you ever had cosmetic surgery, Botox, Restalyne injections, etc.? If so, please provide details. If you haven’t had any of the above procedures performed, would you consider it?
That’s a Negative Ghostrider, that’s not my style. So much so, I once suggested that I was really interested in getting laser eye surgery and my husband almost fell off his chair.
Other than your children (if applicable), what is the accomplishment of which you are most proud?
Getting my head out of my ass and growing up.
Has the desire for affluence/power/money been a motivator in the choices you’ve made for your life?
I drive a 20 foot delivery truck that sells organic drinks at $6 a pop at farmer’s markets. I’m going to say no, affluence/power/money is not a motivator.
Tell us about your stuff. What do you like to buy, collect, etc.?
Are you ready for this? I collect thrifted children’s books. I have a special weakness for vintage and out of print ones, like the Masters of the Universe one I recently scooped at Value Village. If there was a 12 step program for it, I would never get help. Currently I’m collecting the Berenstain Bears, The Magic School Bus (1990’s editions based on the TV show) and the 1984 collection of the Beatrix Potter series. Hello?
Do you have “staff” in your home? (E.g. nanny, driver, chef, etc.)
Nope. However, I’ve spoken with a few other food truck owners and they say the best person they ever hired was a cleaning lady. It’s hard to come home and clean house after a long day out on the road. Next to that I have a babysitter but I pretty much feel like I’m working for her. If she cancels I’m hooped, so I gotta keep her happy.
Do you belong to any clubs, teams, groups or social organizations?
Not these days. I really don’t have the time but if my schedule opens up, the North Vancouver Yarn Bombing group is tops on my list next to Terminal City Roller Girls.
Finish this sentence: “My life’s motto is ….”
Move it or lose it. Wait, that’s my mom’s. Mine’s more along the lines of Serenity Now!
As a thank you to Suzanne for participating, Legacy Liquor Store will be providing her with a private wine tasting for 6. An elegant and modern 8,600 square foot space that includes a state-of-the-art wine cellar, Legacy is the largest privately-owned liquor store in the province. Home to thousands of beers, wines, and spirits, including exclusive and specialty items, with some of the most knowledgeable and friendly staff around. Legacy is the ideal venue for groups to host casual social gatherings. In-house catering is available with access to a beautiful kitchen and tasting bar area.