The Walker family has worked in the transportation business since 1963, when it opened a six-car rental operation in San Antonio. In 2006, the family sold the rental company—which had since grown into an international enterprise—to focus exclusively on its Texas-based limousine and shuttle services. Abbey Walker Executive Cars & Limousines's current fleet includes classic and stretch Lincoln Town Cars in black, white, and phosphorescent glitter-green. Groups can also cover ground in vans or buses equipped with luggage racks and wheelchair lifts. Uniformed drivers chauffeur groups on pre-planned tours of Texas wine country, complete with restaurant reservations and hypoallergenic wine-stomping stilts.
Valet Couture Airport Valet Park takes the hassle out of parking at San Antonio International Airport. Valets accompany clients to their departure terminals and then park their vehicles in a lot located next to the Airport Cell Phone Lot, which is much easier than trying to bring a vehicle on the plane as oversized luggage. When clients return, valets are waiting at the appropriate baggage claim with their cars.
Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing lifelong Texans and reserve-power road trippers with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and more. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as a bevy of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons after a long night of headlight staring contests. Household powerables are also available, including 24-packs of Energizer AAs for bulk buyers, an Energizer 9V alkaline battery for metronomes possessed by surprisingly funky eighth notes, and one case of Lite Brite fuel, distilled from corn syrup and Olympic silver medals. Old used batteries find comfy retirement at Interstate’s recycling center, allowing their former owners and well-meaning grandchildren to rest easy.
All three stores serve platters of furniture and home accents in an assortment of colors, textures, and designs. House outfitters can use Furnish 123's Create Your Own Space online service to see how the furniture might look at home or inside a private jet. For under $200, the three-piece table sets include clean lines and the classic dark wood of the Ripley collection or the softer curve of the Aspen collection. Three-piece bedroom sets keep sleeping a realistic goal and include a headboard, dresser, and mirror. Living rooms can be accessorized with bookcases ($199), recliners ($299), and more than 40 sofas ($399) plus a host of colorful, decorative pillows that are not filled with batteries.
Members of car2go enjoy the freedom of transportation that comes with owning a car without the worries of keeping up its maintenance or discovering that it’s a robot in disguise. Participants can reserve a car ahead of time through the company’s website or snag an unreserved vehicle by swiping their membership card past the windshield to unlock it and punching in a PIN to start it up. All fuel, insurance, parking, and maintenance costs are included with each rental, allowing patrons hassle-free travel as they explore downtown or give their pet goldfish a tour of the suburbs. After zipping around town, members park in an open car2go spot and walk away, letting a team of cleaners and technicians take care of the rest.
Bavarian Luxury Rentals, the country’s first all-BMW rental company, ensconces travelers and auto enthusiasts alike behind the well-engineered wheel of brand-new German luxury cars. Co-founded by BMW auto mechanic Brian McKinney and Corey Evers—the customer-service-savvy founder of Central Texas Valet—the local enterprise fills roads with its standing fleet of BMWs that includes a 5-series, a 3-series, and a 1-series. On breaks from the open road, renters’ BMWs entitle them to sumptuous amenities at businesses throughout the city, and 24-hour roadside assistance guards drivers against difficulties such as flat tires and toll booths manned by bridge trolls.
Antique Limousines of Austin commands a formidable fleet of lovingly restored rides. Its classic Cadillac chariots seat up to six and feature butterfly doors, wood trim, and air conditioning. Retrophiles ride like jazz kings in the sleek black 1937 Cadillac Series 75 limousine, whose divider window ensures plans to surprise the driver with a dozen sliders remain on the down low.