Thirsty Cowboy

Katie Payne Confer’s The Thirsty Cowboy can be rented for parties, weddings and other special events. The trailer is a remodeled vintage Shasta Compact.

Thirsty Cowboy is ready to party

There was a time when Katie Payne Confer was contemplating flipping a house. But the scale and expense made her nervous, so she opted to start a smaller project.

“I decided to do a mobile bar,” she said.

Instead of remodeling and selling a house she bought a 1976 Compact Shasta trailer and renovated it into a traveling wet bar for weddings, parties and other special events.

She calls it The Thirsty Cowboy.

Confer, who also runs an interior design business called That Girl Katie, gutted the trailer and planned its new look. She hired a Salt Lake City company called Camper ReParadise to do the remodeling.

The wooden wings are her favorite part of the new look. Wings are a signature of Shasta Compacts.

“They have the aluminum wings off the back,” she said. “I had them changed to rustic wood to match the whole design scheme.”

Though there are other mobile bars in town, The Thirsty Cowboy occupies a niche because it’s only 13 feet long, 6 1/2 feet wide and 7 1/2 feet tall.

“Mine is just smaller,” Confer said. “It can go in people’s backyards.”

It’s available for rent in Teton County from May to October.

The price depends on the event’s location and the pickup and drop times. The base rate is $800 plus a delivery fee. A bartender and glassware are add-on options.

Here’s what’s included: trash can, step stool, 48-quart Coleman cooler, two sinks for ice and drinks, indoor and outdoor lighting, storage and sliding shelves for glassware, a magnet menu board, a battery-operated electrical system with outlets, one service sink with a 10-gallon fresh and gray water tank. You can rent a generator and 100-foot extension cord, too.

For info visit TheThirstyCowboy.com or check out @thethirstycowboy on Instagram.

— Jennifer Dorsey

Botanicals business grows

If you spend a little time with Benjamin-Scott Neal Clark you’ll come away with a new view of the wild plants around Jackson Hole and Wyoming.

You might appreciate fireweed, for example, not just for its beauty but for its sunburn- and eczema-soothing powers. In the yarrow you see on a hike or mountain bike ride you might envision its potential for a compress for bruises or a facial astringent.

As founder and CEO of American Wilderness Botanicals and the Healing Barn in Wilson, Clark’s mission is “connecting you to the healing powers of wilderness.”

He wants all of us to understand the role indigenous plants have in our lives for food, medicine and personal care and to appreciate the plant medicine and culture of Native Americans. His own knowledge is a combination of studies in environmental science, time in the spa industry, reading books and learning from local botanists and plant taxonomists.

“People think it’s wonderful to go hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. … They don’t know that there’s this hidden secret there with regard to the plants,” he said.

And the wild part is important.

“These plants have to struggle in order to survive,” he said. “The plants that struggle have the most antioxidants. They don’t get help from farming.”

He started his business in 2014 to practice the art of distillation with copper alembic stills. It’s a historic process that uses steam to gently release the “water-loving chemicals and essential oils from the plants.” The business has grown and diversified, and in 2017 he enrolled in the Central Wyoming College-Silicon Couloir entrepreneurship program, the Start Up Intensive, to take it to the next level.

You can shop for the essential oils and hydrosols at AmericanWildernessBotanicals.com. There you’ll also find information about spa treatments, workshops and special events at the Healing Barn, a rustic space on Heck Of A Hill Road in Wilson.

On July 7 and 8 the Healing Barn will host “The Sioux Chef: A Food Sovereignty Gathering,” featuring a keynote speech and book signing with Chef Sean Sherman of the Oglala Lakota. A future story in the Scene section will preview the event in detail. In the meantime see Clark’s website.

— Jennifer Dorsey

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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