Long-time Island City resident Justin Hoyt recently started Showtime Limousine, offering people the chance to add some luxury to their special event or night on the town. Hoyt’s service is available anywhere in Northeast Oregon. (Courtesy photo)
ISLAND CITY — A bakery truck driver from Island City is moonlighting these days, doing his all to help people make their special event or night on the town a memorable experience.
Justin Hoyt, a driver for Franz Bakery, recently bought a 2001 Lincoln Town Car stretch limousine, and now he’s offering chauffeur-driven luxury travel to people throughout Northeast Oregon. He calls his new business Showtime Limousine.
It’s a touch of class for occasions like weddings and proms, anniversaries or birthday celebrations, sporting events or simply nights out on the town.
Limo services have been available locally in the past, but not for many years. Hoyt said he thinks the time is right to start a new one up.
“In our region there’s not a lot of specialty things you can do if you’re going on a date or celebrating an event,” he said.
Hoyt said people will find rates for the local service lower than what’s charged in big cities. What’s more, there’s no minimum charge in force.
“Most services do a four-hour minimum but we’re not going to. I don’t want to discourage people from using us,” Hoyt said.
Hoyt and his wife, Wendy, are long-time Union County residents who both attended high school at the Lighthouse Academy in Island City. She graduated in 2000, he in 2002.
Wendy is a volunteer teacher at Lighthouse, and spends the rest of her time looking after the four Hoyt children, Audrey, 12, Alexis, 9, Alyssa, 7, and Drake, 5. She will continue with her busy schedule as teacher and mom as her husband works to get the new business off the ground.
The Showtime limo is a 120-inch stretch affair that seats six to eight people. It’s got leather seats, intimate lighting throughout, a cabinet full of glasses for non-alcoholic refreshments and other amenities.
Hoyt opened Showtime Limousine only a couple of weeks ago, but has done some business already. He’s picked up passengers at the airport in Tri-Cities, Wash., and also hired out as chauffeur for people celebrating their graduation from Eastern Oregon University.
Hoyt said he will drive anywhere in Northeast Oregon, for just about any kind of event. He said he especially hopes to capture some business from people enjoying gambling or entertainment at Wildhorse Resort near Pendleton.
He is booking reservations out of his home now, and for the time being he’s keeping his day job. He hopes, though, that Showtime Limousine can grow into a full-time operation in the future.
“In two to three years I’d like to be steady with it, and in three to five years add another vehicle. Right now, we’re feeling out the market,” he said.
“Limo services operate mostly in the evening hours and weekends. I work (for Franz) from four in the morning to 2 in the afternoon. I don’t mind losing a little sleep if I have to,” he said.
For more information about Showtime Limousine, or to make reservations, call 541-975-3307.