Uptown Valet's Fourth of July

Uptown Valet worked this Fourth of July at the Austin Country Club. Fireworks were free to fly this year as the burn ban wasn't as strict as last year. Uptown Valet helped manage parking, as Austin Country club was expecting over 1,000 guests for their fireworks show. Our task was to maximize parking efficiency for the guests and to report when various sections were filled to capacity so that guests wouldn't go towards sections of parking which had been filled up. A lot of cars parked in the parking lots, but when a few started parking outside the parking lot on Long Champ drive without having checked into club parking first man soon followed and we were never quite filled to capacity. We filled up most of the lots though and what guests did show up late in hopes for a spot were happy when we could point them to the few spots still available. In addition, we drove shuttles for guests coming from Long Champ when that area proved to be busier than expected.

After the fireworks went off we also assisted in shuttling some guests and in managing cars exiting the lot. We kept the flow of cars going as best we could and created space for carts or cars getting out of a parallel spot when needed. The line of cars itself extended up Long Champ to a stop sign; after determining the length of the holdup, one of us was posted up top to wave them through the stop sign - this eased traffic considerably.

We have done valet work at Austin Country Club in the past on major holidays and have managed some shuttles at weddings there but helping in parking was something new. We believe we handled it well and were happy for the opportunity to help them on the holiday. Our valets enjoyed the fireworks as well:

Venue Highlight - Laguna Gloria

We have had a good amount of work at Laguna Gloria throughout the years and have decided to highlight it on our blog so readers can get some more insight into what we do. Laguna Gloria is a lovely waterside venue, art school and museum that has been an Austin event mainstay for years and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Driscoll Villa is the centerpiece of the venue but the ample gardens and amphitheater are where any wedding ceremonies, receptions, or larger gatherings will take place.

On our side of things, there are many parking places located but a short run away on the museum grounds as well as street parking and a grass lot below the venue. The lots on the grounds themselves can get a bit tight but we are able to keep cars within the property for the majority of our events. Most of our events at Laguna Gloria are weddings - since it's a versatile venue we might work with around 50 guests one weekend and then 200+ the next.

In addition to valet work, we've also managed shuttles, driven guests in golf carts, and picked up the bride and groom in limos at Laguna Gloria. Laguna Gloria is one of Austin's most popular wedding venues, and it's one we have years of experience and enjoyment working at. If you're planning a wedding at Laguna Gloria or any other event we hope you will contact us so we may help your event run smoothly.

Four Years of Uptown Valet!

Uptown Valet celebrated our fourth birthday last week and we wanted to say thanks to everyone who has helped us grow these past four years.

We sent out some baked goodies from Bake Sale Austin to express our thanks to the event coordinators, wedding planners, caterers and everyone else who we’ve enjoyed working with as we‘ve grown. Our good relations with event personnel help us stay in business and we’re thankful that they trust us enough to work their events and do a professional job.

The reason that we are able to do such a good job is our employees. They have transitioned with us as we have moved from a valet company to a full-service transportation company; they shift from valets to parking managers to shuttle coordinators and to chauffeurs as needed without missing a beat, and we couldn’t be the company we are today without the hard work put in by our employees.

We’re thankful for all of our patrons as well. Our word of mouth reputation means a lot of us and we’re always pleased to learn when we’ve gotten work because someone hiring out our services was so satisfied that they’d mention us to a friend.

We’re excited to move into our fifth year as we continue our transition towards becoming a one stop company for any and all transportation needs. More than just providing services, Uptown Valet and Transportation creates relationships; our friendships with planners and coordinators, patrons new and old, and with and amongst our employees are what define us as a company. and we look forward to celebrating our fifth anniversary with all these people, as well as plenty new ones, next year.

-Uptown Valet and Transportation

Uptown Valet to volunteer for Your Ride is Here

Uptown Valet is proud to announce that we have offered our services to Your Ride is Here, a non-profit company arranging transportation for cancer patients who might not otherwise have it. They take offers from volunteers to help with transportation and through our work with Concord Limousine we're able to volunteer our fleet of luxury vehicles. They recently were featured on CNN and have received attention as another one of their partners is John Eagle European - a luxury car dealership. We look forward to working with Your Ride is Here in the future and are happy for the opportunity to contribute back to our community. See their video below for more information on Your Ride is Here:

Transportation & Shuttle Management with Uptown Valet

More than just valet services, Uptown Valet can also manage any of your needs regarding transportation and shuttle services. We will highlight an example here. The event was at Chappell Lodge, a nice secluded venue south of Austin which we had visited a couple times before. There is a turnaround area near the lodge itself with several one-lane roads leading in and out of the property. There were around 125 guests at a hotel that needed transportation in addition to the bridal party and groom's party. This event required two 55-person buses and two smaller buses for about 30 people each. Uptown Valet stationed an attendant at the hotel to manage the guests and an attendant at the venue to coordinate the timing of the shuttles and stay in touch with the four bus drivers.

Our attendant at the hotel ensured all guests departed in a timely manner and that all the buses arrived on time for the ceremony, where the turnaround area was kept clear and managed by our other attendant. He coordinated with the four bus drivers before and after their arrival and had three buses on standby off-site and the fourth in the parking lot. The fourth was used to shuttle some guests back to the hotel as desired during the reception while the three others waited until after the bride and groom left.

The bride and groom were whisked happily away by a limo from Concord Limousine, followed shortly by a 55 passenger bus that was backed up away from the fanfare in the turnaround area. The other bus was minutes away. Exiting traffic was halted to ensure the second bus got through easily and it too was loaded to capacity and departed, getting all guests out quickly and efficiently.

It was a successful event for all parties. Lots of planning went into this to ensure everything ran smoothly and what inconveniences did arrive were handled expertly by our transportation management attendants.  Uptown Valet handled the ~150 guests using our services with aplomb, managed the shuttle services by maintaining constant contact between four bus drivers across two companies and kept communication with the property event manager and the wedding coordinators to ensure all concerned were pleased with the night's work.

Uptown Valet prides itself on being able to manage any transportation problem thrown our way. Shuttles, limos, antique cars, valets, and any mixture of the above - and thensome - we want to be the place you turn to for transportation management. This event was just one example in our years of experience managing transportation, and we are sure we'll have many more to come.

Interested in Uptown Valet for transportation and shuttle management or any of our other services?  See our Transportation Options or Contact Us.

Uptown Valet recieves a Bride's Choice Award!

We are honored to have received a Bride's Choice Award from WeddingWire.com. The Bride's Choice Awards are handed out annually by WeddingWire and represent the top 5% of their registered vendors. With over 200,000 companies represented on WeddingWire, we feel this is quite an honor! Uptown Valet was the only transportation company in Austin to have received this award and the only valet company in Texas to have earned one! We also received a Bride's Choice Award in 2011, and we are glad to see that our commitment to providing valet and transportation services oriented around the customer is leaving them very satisfied with our services. Check out our WeddingWire page to read all of our reviews.