MOBILE DELIGHTS: “Sparkle Bar” on Wheels Treats Customers Like Royalty – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper

By MAIA BRONFMAN

NATCHEZ – The Sugar and Spice Sparkle Bar on Wheels is bound to delight little girls.

Zadier Thomas, the owner and founder, with the help of Natchez High School student Harmonie Washington, hosts workshops and parties for elementary and middle school girls on the converted bus.

Thomas said the company started forming in 2018, when it launched a website and decided on a name. Sugar and Spice comes from the nickname of her twin daughters, Madisyn and Harleigh Bassett.

David Vasquez of Climb Entertainment in Georgia, whom Thomas found through play buses he had designed, designed the bus. Vasquez drew the designs and then built them, and Thomas received the completed bus on June 15, 2021.

The opening was delayed until August as she had to travel to Pearl to have the exterior of the bus wrapped. This meant missing the scheduled deadline, which was Harleigh and Madisyn’s birthday, June 16.

“Imagine my disappointment, but I had overcome the biggest challenge in getting the build completed and delivered to Natchez,” Thomas said.

Madisyn and Harleigh said their favorite parts of the bus are the makeup and nail stations.

The spa offers waffle-knit or silk bathrobes, non-alcoholic sparkling juice in champagne flutes, pedicures and foot baths – provided by a heater and pump on the bus – face masks and a mini makeover station.

The bus is also equipped with a television and sound system, for video and audio entertainment.

“It’s our practice to treat all guests like royalty,” Thomas said.

Thomas has always thrown extravagant birthday parties for her children while serving as Human Resources Director for Jefferson County Schools as a day job. For his son, Avery Fleming, 10e birthday, she said she staged a nerf war.

“I like to be crafty. I get a thrill from creating things, it’s my happy place,” said Thomas

Between party bookings, Thomas said she also offers self-care workshops. A few weeks ago, she was in Jackson for a workshop with the SHE Project, aimed at supporting girl leadership and empowerment.

She hosted her twins’ birthday party on the bus earlier this year as she travels to Washington, DC on July 16 for a One Million Black Woman Black in Business conference hosted by Goldman Sachs.

She said she would use the marketing and finance training she gets to grow a franchise with bigger buses.

“The goal is to go from founder to CEO,” Thomas said.


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