Carousing at a bar, if one is not quite careful, frequently carries with it the risk of a bleary-eyed walk back to one's car the next morning. Of course, more foolish types might even choose to do something stupid like get behind the wheel of their vehicle in an intoxicated state.
No more, if David Clegg has anything to say about it. The Asheville resident has founded Buzzed Home: For a fee, his business will drive your car back to your home for you.
"I got the idea after a Widespread Panic show in Charlotte," Clegg tells Xpress. "I saw this guy pull up on a scooter, take someone's keys and drive their car home. I thought, 'There really needs to be something like this in Asheville.'"
Now there is. Clegg started the new business in November, and "except for the snow storm, our business has been doubling every weekend."
So far, it's limited to about a four-mile radius around downtown Asheville ("We can't go on the interstate with the scooters," Clegg notes), and it costs, on average, $25. Right now, Buzzed Home only accepts cash. The scooters fold up, go into a bag and are placed in the customer's trunk while the Buzzed Home employee drives them back.
"We've even had people ask us to stop at a drive-through when they had the munchies," Clegg recalls with a laugh. "Really, I'm not in this for the money. That's not a huge part of what we're doing. This is a community service."
Buzzed Home can be reached at 242-2219. For more information, go to getbuzzedhome.com