This is one Girl Scout who is prepared to sell many cookies.
An enterprising 17-year-old in Alaska abandoned the traditional practice of selling cookies from tables in front of grocery stores. Instead, Kaela Malchoff, of Anchorage, built a drive-thru kiosk so customers can pull up and buy all the Thin Mints, Samoas and Do-si-dos they desire, KTUU-TV reported.
“I am selling Girl Scout cookies out of my mobile cookie booth,” Malchoff told the television station.
Malchoff said the kiosk was formerly “a 1970s pull-behind Prowler,” before she stripped it down to its frame and rebuilt it “from the ground up.”
“It took her about three years to get it to where it’s at right now,” the girl’s mother, Cami Malcoff, told KTUU. “I am very, very proud of her.”
The cookie sales have been a family affair, with Kaela helped by her mother and siblings, according to the television station. In addition to vehicles stopping at the kiosk, she gets a good amount of walk-up traffic.
“I don’t have to get out of my car,” a customer named Teresa, who did not give her last name, told KTUU. “I can drive up like McDonald’s and get what I want.”
Kaela Malchoff said she patterned the trailer after drive-up coffee kiosks. She said she hopes to sell about 5,000 boxes of cookies by the end of the month.
Judging by the steady stream of customers, the goal appears to be attainable.
“It’s great marketing skills, the booth is very attractive and colorful,” one customer told KTUU.