AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Here's the way it usually works for kids who attend college. Graduate high school, go to college, then head out into the real world and start your career.
Well, a senior at Auburn University has changed things up a bit. Taylor Jones is majoring in fashion design. She says she's always had a passion for fashion.
"I modeled for a bunch of different places, little things like commercials, and for one big designer, Giovanni," Jones said.
Taylor enjoyed the modeling and was good at it, but just felt like she wanted to do something more, something big.
"Her name is Tiny. Obviously, she's not tiny," Taylor said.
Tiny has a lot of personality. She's a bus, a huge pink bus, decked out with a full boutique inside. Her facelift took some work.
"When I tell people I have a bus they are like, 'what?'. Everyone thinks it's going to be a small bus. I tell them no, it's a 40-foot school bus. When we got it they had it spray painted so you couldn't tell what county it was from. It had a big 12 painted on it. It was yellow. It was rough!" Taylor said.
So they went to work. Taylor, mom, dad, friends all tore out the seats and everything else and then built a boutique on wheels inside.
"All the furniture inside is bolted down so it won't move," Taylor said.
The goal is to take The Tiny Closet boutique on the road to events all over the South. To do that, somebody has to drive this pink beast.
"So my dad drives it all the time. Whenever people go by they expect to see people like me driving. They pull up and see my dad and they are waiving to him and recording him," Taylor said.
Dad loves it and had several ideas to make the bus even cooler. As for Taylor, she's set to graduate in less than a year. She already has her dream job and she loves being her own boss.
Taylor said, "I can wear what I want to work every day and I can bring my dogs,"
Along with providing a unique fashion experience for mothers and their high school or college daughters, she also has a message of inspiration to pass along. She says the sign you see walking out of the bus may be her favorite part.
"It says be the CEO your parents always wanted you to marry. Coming from the South you always hear to marry rich. I've always told myself I wanted to be my own CEO," Taylor said.
Mission accomplished. The grand opening was Friday. This weekend The Tiny Closet will be at the Auburn Conference Center and Hotel Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.