Marietta’s Food Truck Friday drives interest in local entrepreneurs

Misty Anderson and her daughter, Taylor, pick out cupcakes from Breanna Tullius of Lisa’s Sweet Stop truck during Food Truck Friday. (Photo by Michele Newbanks)

MARIETTA — The smell of food cooking and bright sunshine met those venturing out to the corner of Second and Greene streets in Marietta for Food Truck Friday.

Misty Anderson, 51, of Barlow, and her 14-year-old daughter, Taylor, were in town and decided to stop by the trucks.

“She had a dentist appointment and this is her treat,” Anderson said of the cupcakes they purchased from Lisa’s Sweet Stop truck.

Taylor wasn’t the only one in the mood for the sweet treats.

“We went by and saw the trucks and she wanted a cupcake,” Chris Green, 56, of Marietta said of her daughter, Ellie, 3. “I talked her into a cookie. It’s less messy.”

On the other end of the parking lot was the Elenie’s Souvlaki truck, which was a one-woman operation on Friday, serving Greek food from gyros to Greek salads to baklava.

“I usually have someone help, but they called off,” said Elenie Kowalczyk, truck owner.

She seemed to have a steady stream of customers during the event. This is her third year with the truck and she’s busy all week long with it. During the week, she visits St. Marys, W.Va., Belpre, Parkersburg and Marietta. Every Food Truck Friday, she has her truck ready for customers.

“It’s my kitchen,” she said. “I love to cook and travel.”

Kowalcyzk, who is originally from Glyfada, Greece, said she would rather have a food truck than a stationary restaurant because of her love of travel.

“It’s cheaper and you are stuck in one place with a brick-and-mortar place,” she said.

Along with Greek food and sweets, trucks from Rockabilly Hot Dogs and Catering, Busy Bee Restaurant and Big R Smoke BBQ were parked for hungry locals.

Zach Delo, 28, of Marietta, is a frequent visitor on Food Truck Friday. He said he often gets food from Kowalcyzk’s truck on his lunch break.

“I’ve had everything here in previous visits,” he said.

Food Truck Fridays are held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month on the corner of Second and Greene streets in Marietta. They are hosted by the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.