IN THE BEGINNING.........
I first heard about the party bus concept in my first year living in Houston in 2007. I thought it was such a fun idea to have a party on wheels! One of my coworkers had a buddy who started his own party bus company in another city so I gave him a shout to discuss his business. I immediately fell in love with the idea and told myself that I would, one day, have my own party bus company.
Well the years went on and life got in the way and I still hadn’t achieved my goal. In May 2013, I was in San Diego, CA for a friend’s wedding and they had booked a party bus to take their guests to/from various locations. I wound up chatting with the driver throughout the night and as we traveled from location to location, the passion that I once had back in 2007 for starting my own party bus company found new life.
We set up a call a week later and we talked, in great detail, about how he got started and some of the speed bumps he ran in to along the way. After 2-3 more calls like this, and after he answered the laundry list of questions that I had for him, I decided that I wanted to get off my butt and move forward with this endeavor!
I established my LLC in June 2013. The next 2 years would be spent creating business plans, logos, bus designs, attending small business workshops, networking events and visiting with other small business owners to learn about their success and failures and hopefully to get some advice from experienced entrepreneurs.
All this hard work would lead up to that fateful day when I was driving through Humble, TX in October 2015 when it was spotted in front of a commercial building with a “FOR SALE” sign taped to the front. The bus was covered in red, white and blue paint and Texans logos as it was previously used as a Houston Texans Tailgate Party Bus.
I laid eyes on the bus for the first time. A few weeks of meetings, inspections and negotiations would go by before arriving at the day when the bus would officially become property of Cool Bus Houston!
The first Cool Bus was purchased November 11, 2015.
Multiple repairs and maintenance took place over the next few months in order to get the bus ready to become Houston’s best party on wheels. Before the fun could begin, the electrical system, suspension, brakes and fuel pumps (aka the boring stuff) would all get worked on.
Finally, in late February 2016, The Cool Bus would start to become the beautiful specimen of a party bus that you see today, with new upholstery, interior LED lighting, Bluetooth radio, air conditioning and handrails. A few custom items were made specially just for The Cool Bus and had to be fabricated from scratch, including an ice chest/trashcan compartment on board and a custom frame on the back of the bus that house the generators that power the all-important A/C. Once we finished the interior, the final steps were decking The Cool Bus exterior out with a custom paint job in its signature black and neon green. And with that, The Cool Bus was officially ready to roll.