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Limo service opens for biz

October 19, 1999|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

Mother and baby should ride home in style from the hospital or birthing center, said the owners of a new Hagerstown-based limousine company.

Jim's Limousine Service, started Sept. 1 by James and Amanda Maynard, is offering a special newborn service at a flat $30 rate in Washington and Frederick counties.

"After all that work, they deserve to be pampered," said Amanda Maynard, 25, who believes the service is unique in the area.

James Maynard, 32, said he got the idea for the newborn service from a list of services offered by limousine companies in other places that small business counselors gave him to help with his planning.

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Delivering new mothers is just one of the services the company provides.

Maynard said he did about three years of research before deciding to go ahead with the idea of starting the limousine business, which came to him when he was working as a limousine driver for a local company.

He really likes the driving, and plans to make it his full-time job once the business takes off, he said. Meanwhile, he'll keep his job in the security field.

Amanda Maynard takes care of the administrative end of the business and will become the full-time office manager once the business moves from their home to office space, she said.

James Maynard secured the required state license and bought a white, six-passenger stretch limousine, delivered in August, as his starter vehicle.

That's a good size to start with, said Maynard, who plans to build a fleet of varying size limousines and hire drivers as the business grows.

"A six-passenger will seat the average wedding or prom party quite comfortably," Amanda Maynard said.

The Lincoln Town Car is equipped with a television, VCR, bar, stereo system - all the amenities you would expect in a limousine, the couple said.

The company offers hiring by the hour, flat-rate service to and from the three Baltimore-Washington area airports and wedding packages - including red carpet service and a "Just married" sign.

The phone number is 301-393-8600.

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