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A 10 Second History Lesson: The Limousine
The concept of the chauffeured vehicle has been in existence since 1700. The word “limousine” is derived from the feminine adjective formed from the word “Limoges,” the province in France where known to be the origin of gilded horse-drawn carriages used for the wealthy. All limousines throughout time have one distinction in common: the driver sits in an entirely separate compartment from the passengers.
In 1902, the first automobile limousine was created so that the driver sat outside, under a covered compartment. In 1928, a coach company called Armbruster from Fort Smith, AK created the first “stretch” limousine. These vehicles were designed to transport big band leaders, their orchestras and all of their instruments. At the time, limousines were often referred to as “big band buses.”
The limousine soon took off and by the 1930s, the rich, famous and celebrity all considered riding in a limousine as the “only” means of transportation. Limos were soon used to transport to- and from the airport and hotel and also used on sightseeing and high profile visits. The six door limousine soon evolved; built on Cadillac Chasis, this model was soon the chosen transportation for even the President of the United States.
Today, the limousine is most often used for special occasions. It makes a special statement to those surrounding you and always adds a hint of style for any occasion. Many people rent limousines for shuttling large numbers of people around to parties, clubs, weddings, wine tours, sightseeing, bachelorette parties and much more.
Sometimes You Just Need A Good Road Trip
Everyone loves a road trip and it’s this time of year that we always have a little itch to get in the car and drive to a new city, a loved city or just go back home to see the folks. It could be the beautiful colors of fall or the long month since the last three day weekend but regardless of the reason, sometimes you just need an open road, a great music mix and a destination a few hours away.
One of the best parts of living in Nashville is its’ proximity to other amazing cities in nearby regions. Below is a short list of our three favorite road trip worthy destinations:
- New Orleans, LA
The history, the culture, the food; there’s a sort of romance that lives in the Parisian inspired ambiance of New Orleans. Any museum regular will tell you how amazing the Civil War Museum is but make sure to find the offbeat places like the Voodoo Museum and the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. Eat at the Commander’s Palace and enjoy beignets at the Café Du Monde. Wander the markets in the French Quarter and drink a bottle of wine at The Fly. And then, of course, there is the nightlife. We all know Bourbon Street but any local will tell you the best music can be found on Frenchman Street. Don’t skip Café Negril, the Jamaican themed watering hole has some of the best percussion sections in the city.
Drive time: 8 hours
- Atlanta, GA
Oh Atlanta, the antithesis to our little southern community. Filled with big, booming clubs and even bigger personalities, Atlanta is the perfect escape for someone looking for easy access big city action. Thrift shop in Little Five Points, eat at any one of the Buckhead Life restaurants (we prefer The Fish Market), take in a Braves game and then head over to cheer for the Falcons. For those looking for fun a little more offbeat, we recommend The Earl in East Atlanta Village, host to some of the best national and underground musicians in the country. Music fans will also want to look in to catching a show at Chastain Park, where new and old rockers favor and the Atlanta Symphony often sets up for special shows.
Drive time: 4 hours
- Asheville, NC
Foodies, music aficionados and nature lovers are all flocking to Asheville to soak in the site, the sounds and the suds. Asheville is home to a burgeoning craft beer scene with headlines constantly heralding the home grown breweries set back in the small mountain community. The local fare focuses on the farm-to-table culture so pre-eminent in the national spectrum right now. And then, the music. Home town of The Avett Brothers and countless bluegrass musicians, Asheville plays host to a myriad of festivals and big name super jams, including Warren Haynes’ Annual Christmas Jam, which always features boldface names such as OAR, Michael Franti and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Drive Time: 5 hours
Honorable mentions: Gulf Shores, AL (8 hours), St. Louis, MO (5 hours) and Columbus, OH (6 hours)
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Grand Avenue Named #2 in Limo Digest's Top Ten Logos in Ground Transportation
Grand Avenue’s logo was recently placed at #2 on Limo Digest’s Top Ten Logos in Ground Transportation. Our logo is meant to convey an easy elegance, understandable and relatable without being overly fussy or in-your-face.
Logos are inherent to the perception by the public of a company’s brand. “You want to move the viewer in a perception so that when they first look at [the logo] they get the idea because the act of seeing and understand is critical,” Milton Glaser, the graphic designer responsible for the iconic “I Love New York” logo, has said.
The logo of a brand should directly correspond to the company dynamic without disclosing exactly what that company does. Brand like Target, AT&T, Starbucks, Apple and Shell employ a neutrality of a design in order to make that graphic timeless. The latter element allows a logo to be placed prominently in a myriad of mediums: on the web, in print advertising, on promotional material such as t-shirts, coffee mugs and pens and in sponsorships advertising.
It is especially important for the person whose job it is to oversee logo placement to know the dynamics of that logo in order to get the most response from the audience. Grand Avenue’s logo, for example, has a white background. It is critical to ensure this brand is represented appropriately and therefore something as small as a thin black line around the box on a white background makes the logo more visible when placed in advertising.
About three years ago, Grand Avenue changed logos. The old branding encompassed all three of the problems advertising execs advise against: trouble standing out over the saturation of other generic brands, little personality and easily dated. Seigenthaler Public Relations did a wonderful job with our current branding and logo and clearly that hard work did not go un-noticed.
For the entire Top Ten List: http://www.limodigest.com/2013/10/top-ten-logos-in-ground-transportation.html?m=1
Nashville's Top 7 Fall Events
We love Fall, you love Fall… let’s be honest, everyone loves Fall. Our bustling city never has a lull in activities but it always feels like this time of year is jam packed with live music and festivals and physical challenges and all kinds of fun. Whether you are looking for something kid friendly or just a fun night with friends, check out Grand Avenue’s list for the Top 7 Fall Events in Nashville.
1. Musician’s Corner
This weekly series has become a favorite for Nashville natives. Located every Saturday in Centennial Park, this free concert series celebrates the musical diversity of our city. Both kid and dog friendly, Musician’s Corner is the best place to enjoy the Fall weather. Enjoy beer or wine in the Beer Garden or simply bring a picnic while you people watch and listen to bands such as Caitlin Rose, Judah and the Lion, The Vespers and many more.
Musician’s Corner is from 2-5pm every Saturday in May, June, September and October. The Fall series will end Saturday, October 26th.
For more information: http://musicianscornernashville.com/v2/about#/home
2. Full Moon Pickin’ Party
Featuring the best bluegrass in Middle TN, the Full Moon Pickin’ Parties have become a staple in our community. Bring the family and enjoy Percy Warner Park after hours or come to jam with other local musicians. Food trucks abound if you get hungry and each tickets comes with four beers if you are, ahem, thirsty. Entry varies: musicians with instruments get in for $5 while general entry cots $20. All proceeds benefit the Friends of Warner Parks foundation, dedicated to keeping our beautiful parks clean.
Full Moon Pickin’ Parties occur every full moon from 7-11pm. The next one will be on October 18th.
For more information: http://www.friendsofwarnerparks.com/pickingparty.html
3. John Prine with Steve Earle at The Ryman Auditorium
There is always something special about seeing music at The Ryman but seeing these two legends share the stage at The Mother Church will be one for the history books. Prine has been writing songs – both for himself and other legends such as Johnny Cash, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Ben Harper- is four decades in to his career with no signs of slowing down.
Earle, the grizzly singer songwriter best known for the hit “Copperhead Road,” will open the show with cuts from albums such as Guitar Town, Train A-Comin’, and The Mountain, which he released with the Del McCoury Band in 1999.
Can someone put in a good word for duet on “Angel From Montgomery” for us?
Saturday October 26th, 8pm
For more information: http://www.ryman.com/event/detail/johnprine_102513.html
4, Alton Brown: The Edible Inevitable Tour
The foodie culture in Nashville is booming and it would seem like the ideal time for Alton Brown to bring his own recipe of quirky humor and culinary science to TPAC. The evening promised to be a great date night or fun for the whole family. We’ve read a lot about his live show and encourage to bring your own lab coat; audience participation is encouraged… and messy. The first three rows of the auditorium are labeled the “Poncho Zone.”
Thursday November 7th at 8pm
For more information: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/alton-brown-tpac?promo=1425
In a community crowded with beer festivals, this free event promises to but the “Stein!” in the afternoon. Featuring German staples such as kraut, spatzel, Beikost side dishes and other hard-to-spell tasty treats, festival goers are invited to enjoy the beautiful weather with a beer in hand. Vendors will be offering German beers such as Franziskaner, Spaten, Hofbrau for $5; buy tokens ahead of time and receive five for $20.
Saturday October 26th, noon-11pm
Sunday October 27th, noon-7pm
For more information: http://rhizomeproductions.com/craft-events/tennessee-volksfest-october-26-27-2013-nashville-tn/
6. Zoo Ghouls at Grassmere
Lions and tigers and….rides? That’s right, a Nashville annual favorite is back. Bring the whole family is excited to don their costumes and head to the zoo for an evening of ghouls, ghosts and trick-or-treat.
October 18th-27th, 5pm-9pm
For more information: http://www.nashvillezoo.org/events/ghouls
7. A Nightmare on MStreet
The fine folks over at MStreet are throwing a party and everyone is invited. The event is set for M’s newest event space, The Rosewall, and will feature DJs Blu Majik, Dorian, Squake, Jane Dupree and more. Enjoy drink specials while dancing the night away with your dressed up comrades.
Saturday October 26th, 9pm
For more information: http://www.nightmareonmstreet.com/
Why A Pink Hummer?
Grand Avenue’s philanthropic efforts are well documented and in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to highlight one of the more unique vehicles in our fleet: The Pink Hummer H3.
A lot of people come through our garage, see the Hummer and exclaim something to the effect of “I bet that bachelorette parties/proms/sweet sixteens use that all the time!” They aren’t too far off. It’s a fantastic vehicle for those occasions but there’s a little bit more meaning behind the color.
In 2008, Grand Avenue, still in its’ infancy, purchased a silver Hummer H3 to add to the growing fleet of limousines. At the time we were, and still are, a big supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the decision was made to paint the vehicle Barbie Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Grand Avenue started its’ partnership with the foundation by donation 25 free trips for women taking advantage of the free mammogram program offered through Susan G. Komen.
The next time you see the Pink Hummer on the streets of Nashville, instead of wondering why on earth it exists, you can now smile and know that vehicle helped transfer hundreds of women to a possible lifesaving procedure.
For more information on the Nashville branch of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, click here.
5 Things NOT To Stress About On Your Wedding Day
We know a little about weddings here at Grand Avenue. The clothes, the details, the décor, the logistics; it’s a lot of decisions and a lot of work to make your vision a reality. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in everything; sometimes we all need a small reminder to focus on what’s really important. Remember, this is your wedding day. Enjoy it.
Nashville gets more rain per year than Portland, Oregon. That is a fact and the reality of that fact means that it may rain on your wedding day. So, just be prepared. If you’re ceremony or reception is outdoors, make a rain plan. Many vendors in town, like our friends at Liberty Party Rental, allow you to alter your order up to the Wednesday before your wedding at no extra cost. The way our weather works, that is enough time to cancel a tent that is on hold just in case.
2. Sticking to the schedule
Someone is going to be late. Traffic could be a nightmare. Flights get delayed. Things happen. Attempting to plan your wedding day down to the nanosecond will cause undue amounts of stress for you and everyone involved in planning. Allow yourself some breathing room; don’t try to pack in hair, nails, make up and spray tan in one morning. Center pieces should be done a week in advance. Cross things that can be done early off the to-do so when the day comes, the little details are taken care of.
3. Someone stains your wedding dress
It happens and you know what? That stain will be a funny story to tell whenever you look at your photos and watch your videos. The person responsible for the spillage is probably sufficiently embarrassed so laugh it off, get them another drink and hit the dance floor. You only have one wedding day; don’t let something like this won’t ruin it.
4. Unexpected guests show up
In this day and age, there is no excuse for not RSVP’ing (or e-mailing, texting, Facebooking etc) the bride and groom prior to their wedding day. However, we all know people that aren’t as conscience as we are. Grab your day-of coordinator and have her talk to the caterer; most catering companies always prepare for 10-20% more people than is specified. If you don’t have a coordinator, grab a bridesmaid and ask them to talk to the vendors.
5. The wildly inappropriate toast
So your new husband’s best man got up and let the world know you had a less than PG-rated first date. Know what? Laugh it off. If he doesn’t get the hint when your dad gets up and interrupts with a short “To my daughter. Cheers!” than have the DJ turn his mic down and raise your glass yourself. It’s your day and nobody is judging you.
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Important Questions to Ask When Booking Your Travel
Whether you frequently use chauffeured transportation or if you are booking your first trip, it’s important to know the right questions to ask to ensure your travel is up to the standards you expect. Erik Lufkin, Transportation Logistics Manager at Grand Avenue, compiled a short list of his top five questions to ask the customer service representative on the other end of the line when you call.
Erik is one of the top experts in the industry and can be reached directly at email@example.com.
Here are Erik’s Top 5 Most Important Questions:
Question #1: Is this an All Inclusive price? What additional fees apply?
Many transportation companies list their retail value online and then add fees such as fuel charge, airport fee and gratuity on when the accounting department goes to close the trip out after the client has been dropped off. Transparency is key and knowing to ask whether the fees are inclusive or a la carte could save some confusion at the end of the trip.
Question #2: How many bags fit in the vehicle?
It is essential to let the customer service representative know if you will have luggage with you and how many bags there will be. This fact is especially important when going to and from the airport. Without the knowledge that extra space is needed, a vehicle could be booked that cannot accommodate for clients and luggage. A vehicle could say capacity of two people- who normally book a Sedan- but the reality is that vehicle cannot accommodate that much room. Let the person booking your travel know ahead of time to ensure the correct vehicle is sent when they pick you up.
Question #3: Do you have an address location for pick up and drop off?
It is essential to give a verifiable address to your transportation company when booking your travel for obvious reasons. Less thought out is the drop off location. Often, our clients book what we call “As Directed” transportation which makes the trip fluid and easy. We always want to have as much information as possible and if the begin and end locations are somewhat set, any extra mileage fees outside the preferred distance (for example: 30 miles from Downtown Nashville) will be avoided.
Question #4: Who is authorized to sign for the trip?
Without specification, the person who is the main passenger for the day will be the person handed the bill at the end of the trip. The person booking the travel should designate who is authorized to sign for the trip so the chauffeur not only has their exact directions but they can also discuss with one or two points of contact. There should always be a cell phone number included for the main passenger upon booking.
Question #5: What kinds of amenities are offered?
The amenities offered at a company like Grand Avenue are fairly extensive and therefore, not all of them are available online. Additionally, we can cater to pretty much any need from our clientele; those needs range from specified music, to a specific brand of water to snacks made available and everything in between.
The most popular amenity requests we receive are for car seats, a mic for tour operators, red carpets for weddings and special events, iPads to use in the vehicle and WiFi.
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Grand Avenue is Looking For Elite ChauffeursGrand Avenue has seen rapid growth in the last half of the year. In order to meet demand, we are looking for Chauffeurs to join our elite team. We can accomodate any number of schedules and have openings for both full- and part-time.
Applying is easy. Simply click here to be brought over to our Employment Application. VP of Operations/GM Russell Brashear personally looks through each application form that is filled out.
Russell and his team will also be attending the Nashville Veteran Job Fair on August 22nd from 11am until 3pm at LP. For more information about the job fair, please click here.
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Gray Line Acquires Grand Avenue's Bus Division
To meet the growing demand in Middle Tennessee for superior and comprehensive transportation services, Gray Line, the state’s largest tour bus operator, today announced that it has acquired the motor coach and mini bus division of leading ground transportation company, Grand Avenue.
Industry veteran Bruce Neuharth has been named Chief Executive Officer of Gray Line to oversee and grow the combined company. He will be joined on the executive team by Carl Haley, who will serve as Chief Revenue Officer and on the Board of Directors at Gray Line while maintaining his position as CEO of Grand Avenue. Grand Avenue’s livery business will continue to operate independently.
The agreement maximizes the strengths of both businesses. Gray Line is an acknowledged leader in fleet operations, safety standards, training, and efficient management; Grand Avenue is well known for its customer service, flexibility and its ability to exceed the demand of customers. The combined company will employee more than 200 Tennesseans.
“Combining Gray Line’s operational excellence, bus expertise and depth of fleet with Grand Avenue’s facilities, customer service and brand strength is a winning move for both of our companies, as well as our customers,” Neuharth added. “Realizing that our companies’ motor coach operations complemented each other perfectly, we jumped at the opportunity to join forces. After many years in the transportation industry, and leading multiple strategic transactions, never have I seen two entities better poised to partner.”
Prior to the acquisition, Gray Line of Tennessee was the 22nd largest motor coach company in the United States. This transaction will likely place the business in the top 20 when the next rankings are released. The greater resources will be necessary as the company meets the growing regional demand for comprehensive and high quality transportation. “We didn’t join forces just to get bigger, but we wanted for each company to learn from the other and implement best practices across all of our operations,” stated Haley.
XMI Holdings, Inc., in partnership with TNInvestco, made a growth equity investment in Gray Line in Sept. 2012. Since Haley founded Grand Avenue in 2009, the company has grown into Middle Tennessee’s largest and most diverse ground transportation provider serving 450 cities worldwide with a fleet of 45 vehicles, including sedans, vans, SUVs and vintage cars.
“We are thrilled to be working with Carl and his team,” added Michael D. Shmerling, Chairman of Gray Line, “and remain as committed as ever to managing a safe, reliable and modern fleet.”