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Trip convinces woman to start business

WILLIAMSTOWN — Michelle Brown started Memory Making Tours LLC in July as a part-time business “for fun and adventure.”

After taking a red-eye bus trip to New York City with her daughter Ashley Bright three years ago, Brown said she wanted to fill her own bus for future trips.

“That type of trip is a whirlwind but so fun,” Brown said of the bus trip to New York City. “This had been a bucket list of mine and we decided to give it a try. After returning I had a taste for wanting to go back but this time fill my own bus,” she said.

Before starting her own business this summer, Brown organized bus trips to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and New York City.

Next year, as owner of Memory Making Tours LLC, she has planned bus trips to Lancaster, Pa., New York City, Nashville and New York City again in December.

Brown said she had to delay offering bus trips through her business until 2020 because of the difficulty in securing buses. Bus trips are popular among people of all ages, she said.

Red-eye trips to New York City are popular in the Mid-Ohio Valley, Brown said. These trips involve leaving town at night, driving all night and arriving in New York City in the morning. Passengers spend the day in New York and then return home that night.

This business allows participants to meet new people and provides trips for families and friends to make memories, Brown said, the reason she chose the name of her business.

A couple on one of Brown’s red-eye bus trips got engaged in Central Park.

“The feeling of happiness of those who go on these trips is what makes me then reach to the next one,” Brown said. “People are so appreciative and so excited. As soon as it’s over they ask when is the next trip.”

A lot of planning goes into these trips, making phone calls and messaging, making hotel and restaurant bookings, and setting up special tours, Brown said.

“It’s my duty to worry over the details; they just need to enjoy,” she said

Although the red-eye trips to New York City are popular, Brown said she also is looking to add others.

Brown is planning a bus trip from April 3-5 to the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, Pa., to see the new production of “Queen Esther.”

She uses Pioneer Trails of Parkersburg for transportation.

Brown said her family has been supportive of her business, providing “the fuel” for her adventure. She works full time for Memorial Health System.

“If through these trips I can make a difference in someone’s life then it was well worth all that goes into the planning. It’s about the people and touching lives,” Brown said.

Brown’s email is Memory Making Tours19@gmail.com or call 304-488-7242 for more information.

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