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Help Feelin’ Groovy Tours Get Rolling!

A hip way to see Boise in our groovy, time machine of fun! Experience the old, the new, the quirky, the macabre, the meaningful and more!

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Campaign Ends on March 31, 2022

Project Description

Feelin' Groovy Tours' mission is to delight our guests beyond their expectations and enlighten their journey every step of the way, in a hip, relaxed style. Our tours are well researched and focus on the historical, quirky, meaningful past and prosperous present of Boise, including the hard scrabble pioneers, local heroes and nefarious persons who settled the area, as well as innovators who helped "The City of Trees" become one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S.

Feelin' Groovy Tours is seeking funding due to complete loss of touring income in 2020 from the pandemic, unexpected life challenges and having to relocate from the resort town of Sandpoint, Idaho to beautiful Boise - ranked number 5 on Inc. Magazine's list of best American hubs to start a business. Boise is a perfect blend of urban and rural amenities and Feelin' Groovy Tours aims to share it with our adventurous guests!

With scheduled tours and private charters there's something for everyone!
With regularly scheduled tours and private charters there's something for everyone!

Feelin' Groovy Tours makes it easy to plan a winsome adventure of discovery for yourself, family and friends, clients and team building without being tasked to plan, research, schedule and coordinate an activity. Additionally, many of the Treasure Valley's newcomers are from larger, metropolitan areas including Seattle, the Bay Area and southern California, who desire a more relaxed way of life yet don't want to give up the unique social and cultural activities of a larger city. Our timing in launching such a highly unique tour operation couldn't be more perfect!

Our market is Boise, Idaho, and the Treasure Valley, with a total population base of over 750,000. We appeal to a diverse audience with guests from 5 years old to 82 years young so far. Our "edge?" No other tour operation like Feelin' Groovy Tours exists in Idaho!  

Feelin' Groovy Tours is all about the joy of discovery and disguising learning as fun! As a Certified International Tour Manager and Certified Interpretive Guide with 5-star reviews under our belt, our passion is curating tours that leave guests with "A-ha!" moments and great memories - all with the simple click of a button!

Feelin' Groovy Tours
Earning our street cred for you!

Funding from investors will first go to pay for insurance and liability (ready to be signed) followed by City of Boise fees, order new apparel with our signature, vintage branding; redesign marketing materials to replace "Sandpoint" with "Boise" (already in process); new graphics for the bus (already installed), redesign our website (50% complete), operating costs, storage costs, vehicle servicing, certification renewal, continuing education with national tourism and tour guiding associations and more, through the 2022 touring season. Also, our goal is to acquire a second and larger vehicle in the next 2 years to accommodate larger groups. Many of your questions can be answered on our FAQ tab above.

Your investment will help us print "Boise" on our new marketing materials and merchandise.
Included in the many expenses listed above, your investment will help us print "Boise" on our new
merchandise and marketing materials.

Our team is comprised of myself, as Owner/Operator and Driver/Guide, and my daughter, Claire, who is a Multi Media student at Boise State University.  I collaborate with highly talented and creative individuals, all who have become close friends, including historian Mark Iverson, M.A. in History, who is pursuing a Phd in history and co-founder of Idahistory. Mark and I are curating a very special walking/driving tour here in Boise for our guests. 

Also on our team is Luke Kennedy, highly creative owner, producer, and multi-faceted director of Borah Media (luke@borahmedia.com), who skillfully and thoughtfully produced our fun campaign video above; award winning fine art and graphic artist extraordinaire Lucy West of Lucy West Studios, who embodies our vibe and designed our branding and printed materials; and award winning FAA mechanic and restoration specialist, Chuck Luettgerodt, owner of Inland Aviation Specialties, who orchestrated Georgie Girl's final restoration.

A new working relationship has also been formed with Boise State University history professor Erik Hadley, Ph.D., Early Modern France and a sub-field in the Atlantic World, who was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship. Erik assists us with presenting the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial with insight and grace. As you can see, Feelin' Groovy Tours is serious about having fun!

Feelin' Groovy Tours - born in Sandpoint, blossoming in Boise!
Feelin' Groovy Tours - born in Sandpoint, blossoming in Boise and winning awards for you!

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration in helping Feelin' Groovy Tours roll again in beautiful Boise, Idaho! Huge thanks also to our family, friends and team who have been so supportive in helping us tour again, as well as the I Fund Women platform. With so much to see, learn and experience, a growing population base, solid sales projections and a passion for delighting our guests, my heart's desire is to make you proud!

You are greatly LOVED and deeply appreciated! Georgie Girl and I thank each of you for your gracious and generous support as we work toward becoming the Treasure Valley's premier land based tour operator! :)
You are LOVED and greatly appreciated! Georgie Girl and I thank each of you for your gracious and generous
support as we work toward becoming the Treasure Valley's premier land based tour operator! :)

 

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why are you seeking funding?

Lack of access to capital to restart tours in Boise. An SBA loan was unavailable as we do not have two years' of touring income to show, due to the pandemic when all touring ceased worldwide. Additionally, I did not want to take on debt via a conventional loan as deferred payments are not available.

As an investor, what will you do with my contribution?

Your gracious investment will first and foremost pay for business and vehicle insurance, followed by city fees and licensing, the new graphics just replaced on the bus, marketing and printing costs, website reconstruction, merchandise, monthly maintenance on the bus, business association fees, bus storage, day-to-day operating costs through the 2022 touring season, continuing education and certification renewals.

Do you receive investor contributions even if you don't reach your goal?

YES!  This is why I chose to use the I Fund Women platform for our crowdfunding campaign.  As soon as an investor contributes to our campaign, funding becomes available immediately to help us get touring ASAP. 

Tell me about your touring vehicle

Georgie Girl is an award-winning, beautifully restored 1976 VW Transporter with a touring sunroof and a PA system so that all guests can hear the enlightening and informative commentary. Georgie's final restoration was overseen by award-winning FAA mechanic and restoration specialist Chuck Luettgerodt of Inland Aviation Specialties in Sandpoint, ID. 

How many guests can you accommodate on a tour?

Georgie Girl seats 7 guests comfortably with a seat belt for each passenger. Just like a large motor coach, we encourage seat rotations so everyone gets a chance to sit up front and experience viewing life through a VW bay window!

How long is your touring season?

We tour as soon as the snow melts and the days warm up enough in the spring and into the fall when the first snow flies. Georgie Girl is then stored until the following spring.

How long is a tour with your company?

  • Regularly scheduled tours last from about 3 to 3.5 hours
  • Private charters require a minimum of 4 hours to book.

What's included on a tour?

  • Enlightening and informative (and sometimes humorous!) commentary
  • Attraction stops
  • Photo opportunities
  • A bottled water and snack for each guest
  • Comfort stops
  • Hand held water mister fans for warm weather
  • Umbrellas for sunny and rainy weather
  • Binoculars to share
  • Lap blankets for fall

Do you sanitize the bus?

YES! The bus is sanitized after every tour, including all door handles, seats and panels.

Are there restrooms available while on a tour?

Yes. We plan 1-2 "comfort stops" on each tour.

What are your future goals for your company?

Based on touring through fall of 2022, we will review sales, operating costs, demand (which has already been proven), and evaluate the purchase of a larger vehicle to accommodate larger groups. A larger touring vehicle will allow us to tour through the winter months, increase our customer base and generate additional income to be financially self-supporting. We are also looking into the idea of starting a Feelin' Groovy scholarship fund.

 

the Dixon Family
11/30/2021
Monetary Contribution
$500
Tommy Smith
11/30/2021
Monetary Contribution
$200
The Harmsen family
11/30/2021
Monetary Contribution
$4,000
11/09/2021
Monetary Contribution
$250
Laura E Beck
10/28/2021
Thank You Note + 2 Stickers
$100
Tim Hudson
10/26/2021
Thank You Note + 2 Stickers
$100
Anonymous
10/25/2021
Everything + FGT T-shirt
$250
James/Robyn Vigil
10/25/2021
Thank You Note + 2 Stickers
$100
Captain America
10/24/2021
Everything + FGT T-shirt
$250
Shelli Lacativo
10/21/2021
Monetary Contribution
$500
Monetary Contribution

From Georgie Girl's heart and mine, thank you for your thoughtful gift!  With your gift you'll receive...

  • A virtual hug from Georgie Girl and myself
  • A Shout Out on social media
  • A list of Georgie Girl's favorite places in Boise shipped right to your email in a downloadable Pdf to keep and share!
  • In the event your gracious gift meets one of the donation amounts below we will send the corresponding gifts as noted :)

Thank you for helping us to get touring again!

10 Supporters
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25.00 USD
Virtual Hug & Social Media Shout-out

From our heart to yours, THANK YOU for being on this beautiful journey with us! Your gracious contribution gets you the following groovy gifts:

  • A virtual hug from Georgie Girl and myself
  • A Shout Out on social media
  • A list of Georgie Girl's favorite places in Boise shipped right to your email in a downloadable Pdf to keep and share!
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1 Supporter
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100.00 USD
Thank You Note + 2 Stickers

With your gracious contribution of $100 you'll receive the following...

  • A virtual hug from Georgie Girl and myself
  • A Shout Out on social media
  • A list of Georgie Girl's favorite places in Boise shipped right to your email in a downloadable Pdf to keep and share
  • A handwritten thank you note
  • And 2 of our new FGT Boise waterproof stickers!
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4 Supporters
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250.00 USD
Everything + FGT T-shirt

With your gracious contribution of $250 you'll receive the following...

  • A virtual hug from Georgie Girl and myself
  • Shout Out on social media
  • A list of Georgie Girl's favorite places in Boise shipped right to your email in a downloadable Pdf to keep and share
  • A handwritten thank you
  • 2 of our new FGT Boise waterproof stickers
  • A women's or men's Feelin' Groovy Tours t-shirt with our new Boise location!
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4 Supporters
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500.00 USD
Everything + 1/2 Day Tour for (1) Guest

With your gracious contribution of $500 you'll receive the following...

  • A virtual hug from Georgie Girl and myself
  • Shout out on social media
  • A list of Georgie Girl's favorite places in Boise shipped right to your email in a downloadable Pdf to keep and share
  • A handwritten thank you
  • 2 of our new FGT Boise waterproof stickers
  • A women's or men's Feelin' Groovy Tours t-shirt with our new Boise location!
  • One (1), 1/2-day regularly scheduled tour to be used whenever you get to Boise. Please contact FGT directly to book your tour.
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0 Supporters
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1,000.00 USD
Everything+Beach Towel+(2)1/2-Day Tours

With your gracious contribution of $1000 you'll receive the following...

  • A virtual hug from Georgie Girl and myself
  • Shout Out on social media
  • A list of Georgie Girl's favorite places in Boise shipped right to your email in a downloadable Pdf to keep and share
  • A handwritten thank you
  • 4 of our new FGT Boise waterproof stickers
  • Two (2) Feelin' Groovy Tours t-shirts with our new Boise location (choose men's or women's or one of each)
  • One (1) Happy Beach Days VW velour beach towel
  • Two (2), 1/2-day, regularly scheduled tours to be used whenever you get to Boise. Please contact FGT directly to book your tour.

 

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1 Supporter
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5,000.00 USD
Everything + Private Charter for 7

With your gracious contribution of $5000 you'll receive the following...

  • A virtual hug from Georgie Girl and myself
  • Shout Out on social media
  • A list of Georgie Girl's favorite places in Boise shipped right to your email in a downloadable Pdf to keep and share
  • A  handwritten thank you with 4 of our new FGT Boise waterproof stickers
  • Two (2) Feelin' Groovy Tours t-shirts with our new Boise location (choose men's or women's or one of each)
  • One (1) set of two (2) 30" x 60" VW bus beach towels as shown above (excludes the Happy Beach Days towel)
  • A PRIVATE CHARTER FOR UP TO 7 GUESTS! Four-hour max; itinerary and pick up/drop off locations to be determined with our gracious contributor. Tour can be used whenever you get to Boise. Please contact FGT directly to book this tour.
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

From Georgie Girl's heart and mine, thank you for your thoughtful gift!  With your gift you'll receive...

  • A virtual hug from Georgie Girl and myself
  • A Shout Out on social media
  • A list of Georgie Girl's favorite places in Boise shipped right to your email in a downloadable Pdf to keep and share!
  • In the event your gracious gift meets one of the donation amounts below we will send the corresponding gifts as noted :)

Thank you for helping us to get touring again!

10 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Virtual Hug & Social Media Shout-out

From our heart to yours, THANK YOU for being on this beautiful journey with us! Your gracious contribution gets you the following groovy gifts:

  • A virtual hug from Georgie Girl and myself
  • A Shout Out on social media
  • A list of Georgie Girl's favorite places in Boise shipped right to your email in a downloadable Pdf to keep and share!
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1 Supporter
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Thank You Note + 2 Stickers

With your gracious contribution of $100 you'll receive the following...

  • A virtual hug from Georgie Girl and myself
  • A Shout Out on social media
  • A list of Georgie Girl's favorite places in Boise shipped right to your email in a downloadable Pdf to keep and share
  • A handwritten thank you note
  • And 2 of our new FGT Boise waterproof stickers!
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4 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Everything + FGT T-shirt

With your gracious contribution of $250 you'll receive the following...

  • A virtual hug from Georgie Girl and myself
  • Shout Out on social media
  • A list of Georgie Girl's favorite places in Boise shipped right to your email in a downloadable Pdf to keep and share
  • A handwritten thank you
  • 2 of our new FGT Boise waterproof stickers
  • A women's or men's Feelin' Groovy Tours t-shirt with our new Boise location!
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4 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Everything + 1/2 Day Tour for (1) Guest

With your gracious contribution of $500 you'll receive the following...

  • A virtual hug from Georgie Girl and myself
  • Shout out on social media
  • A list of Georgie Girl's favorite places in Boise shipped right to your email in a downloadable Pdf to keep and share
  • A handwritten thank you
  • 2 of our new FGT Boise waterproof stickers
  • A women's or men's Feelin' Groovy Tours t-shirt with our new Boise location!
  • One (1), 1/2-day regularly scheduled tour to be used whenever you get to Boise. Please contact FGT directly to book your tour.
6 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Everything+Beach Towel+(2)1/2-Day Tours

With your gracious contribution of $1000 you'll receive the following...

  • A virtual hug from Georgie Girl and myself
  • Shout Out on social media
  • A list of Georgie Girl's favorite places in Boise shipped right to your email in a downloadable Pdf to keep and share
  • A handwritten thank you
  • 4 of our new FGT Boise waterproof stickers
  • Two (2) Feelin' Groovy Tours t-shirts with our new Boise location (choose men's or women's or one of each)
  • One (1) Happy Beach Days VW velour beach towel
  • Two (2), 1/2-day, regularly scheduled tours to be used whenever you get to Boise. Please contact FGT directly to book your tour.

 

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1 Supporter
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
Everything + Private Charter for 7

With your gracious contribution of $5000 you'll receive the following...

  • A virtual hug from Georgie Girl and myself
  • Shout Out on social media
  • A list of Georgie Girl's favorite places in Boise shipped right to your email in a downloadable Pdf to keep and share
  • A  handwritten thank you with 4 of our new FGT Boise waterproof stickers
  • Two (2) Feelin' Groovy Tours t-shirts with our new Boise location (choose men's or women's or one of each)
  • One (1) set of two (2) 30" x 60" VW bus beach towels as shown above (excludes the Happy Beach Days towel)
  • A PRIVATE CHARTER FOR UP TO 7 GUESTS! Four-hour max; itinerary and pick up/drop off locations to be determined with our gracious contributor. Tour can be used whenever you get to Boise. Please contact FGT directly to book this tour.
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