Once upon a time, Taylor Perkins and Michael "Stix" Tashnick were just childhood friends, long-time Austinites who each valued hard work and hard-earned adventures. These shared interests eventually led them to start Vintage Innovations, a transportation rental and tour company dedicated to facilitating rambles upon the open road. Rental clients chart a course aboard a vehicle from the company's vintage fleet, which includes shiny Airstream trailers, old-timey pick-ups, and band-ready tour busses once frequented by John Denver and the Willie Nelson Family Band.
On tours, professional drivers take over behind the wheel, ferrying clients to destinations including the city's best breweries, rowdiest honky-tonks, and picturesque regional wineries. They're also available for pick-up duty, adding a touch of excitement to bachelor or bachelorette parties, or simply delivering guests to area music and culture festivals with an extra shot of style.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Austinite- and veteran-owned and operated business. We believe in keeping Austin green! One of our party buses is alternative fuel and we recycle all your empty cans and bottles after each trip.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
While working in the Austin nightlife industry I noticed an alarming number of downtown patrons driving while intoxicated. Hopefully my party bus company will positively impact the safety of Austin’s streets.
What do you love most about your job?
The wide rage of people I chauffeur from many different backgrounds.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
You made my bachelor party man. I freaking love you!”
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.
Aside from a coat of green paint on the outside, Capitol City Crawler’s fleet of eco-friendly buses don’t look like all that different from other buses on the road. Look inside, though, and you’ll find what is essentially a club on wheels. There’s seating for 24 passengers, and the seats are arranged against the walls so there’s plenty of room for dancing, too. Each bus comes equipped with a bar, a thumping sound system, LED lighting, and an inflatable doorman. The buses are popular for bachelor and bachelorette parties, but they’re also suitable for kids’ birthday parties, brewery tours, and wine-tasting tours in the Hill Country.
Housed within a spacious 53,000-square-foot facility, Cowboy Harley-Davidson of Austin carries a colorful assortment of apparel, engine parts, and new and used motorcycles, all created by the iconic brand. First-time riders and seasoned hog tamers alike stroll in beneath the sales floor's towering ceilings to buy or rent bikes, try on new threads, or have work done by one of seven master technicians. Since many staffers are riders themselves, they can also offer real-life road tips, including the best accessories for a long ride, where to hide out during sudden rainstorms, and the best way to affix baseball cards to your spokes.
The prompt and courteous chauffeurs at Austin Capital Limousine deliver passengers safely to destinations throughout the city. They scoop up their passengers in a six-passenger Chevy Suburban, a nine-passenger Lincoln stretch limo, or a four-passenger Lincoln sedan from the company fleet, and then safely negotiate all traffic and navigate around all leaves. Though the company makes its transportation services available for just about any need, some popular destinations include bachelor parties, proms, and the airport.