Will you shop local this year?
- Yes (64%, 32 Votes)
- No (36%, 18 Votes)
Total Voters: 50
For nearly 30 years, AAA Quality Limousines has carried passengers around Chicago and Northern Illinois, and now CEO Ed Renzulli has brought a branch of his $3.5 million company to Coffee County.
The move is part of a larger expansion that will eventually see sister companies placed at 3-hour intervals between Chicago and Orlando, each fully licensed and insured and each with its own fleet.
AAA Quality Limousines at 4866 New Tullahoma Hwy offers a number of vehicle options that can seat anywhere from two to 20 people. The selection includes sedans, stretch or super stretch limos, SUVs, Hummers, Excaliburs and a Party Bus, all of which will travel anywhere within a 100-mile radius of Coffee County.
“We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year for any event or transportation need that you have,” said executive office manager Desiree Porter.
During Halloween season, AAA Quality Limousines is offering “grown-up
trick or treating” with Haunted House tours every weekend through Nov. 1. The shop is also working to bring specialty local packages like distillery and winery tours to its list of offerings, which already includes package prices for anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, proms, retirement parties, sporting and musical events, airport service and, in particular, weddings.
In fact, AAA Quality Limousines plans to eventually include full-service wedding planning on site. While AAA takes care of transporting the bridal party to and from the airport and hotels, Bridal Jewelry Rental, a separate company soon to start operating on the premises, will provide “expensive, impressive jewelry” for weddings or events, said Renzulli.
Elizabeth Osbon has been hired as operating director of bridal jewelry rental, according to Renzulli.
While jewelry rental is still in the works, the AAA Quality brand has already expanded to include to car detailing. Customers who opt to wait on site while their cars gets a thorough cleaning inside and out can enjoy beverages and snacks from the EnRichment Café, a coffee shop Porter moved from its former location at Crimm’s Florist to serve AAA customers.
It was through the EnRichment Café that Porter and Renzulli met more than a year ago. Both were involved in distributing “healing” coffees when they decided to team up to bring AAA Quality Limousines to the area.
Future plans for the business include placing an auto sales lot on adjoining land.
Regarding this venture, Renzulli expresses some unconventional ideas.
“In the 80’s a lot of corporate heads who had their own individual jets decided it would be a better idea to all go in together on one jet rather than leave a lot of them unused most of the time,” said Renzulli, citing the high cost or plane ownership and maintenance. “We’re going to be the first in the country to apply that kind of fractional ownership to ground transportation.”
Through fractional ownership, Renzulli says, “we can show 51 local people how to drive any car they want for free.”
Along with auto sales and bridal jewelry rentals, Renzulli also has long-term plans to use the Highway 55 property to help animals find “forever homes” by teaming with Tony and Rana Pawlowski of Tullahoma’s Waiting for a Star to Fall Farms.
Renzulli says he sees the Highway 55 location as a “local business incubator.”
“But we won’t be making donuts.”
The local AAA Quality Limousines team of owners includes Porter and her husband Ron, Ronnie Glasgow, and Judson and Elizabeth Osbon.