If you really want to know about us, here's the uncut version:
Mimi Omiecinski - that's me - I own Princeton Tour Company.
My husband, son and I moved here in 2006. It took me about two seconds to realize I would never leave this adorable town.
It took me another two seconds to figure out I didn't need a car. I started biking and noticing all the landmarks, the architecture and the people on the sidewalks ...
One day, I saw Dr. John Nash walking on the sidewalk so I mentioned my "celebrity sighting" to a merchant. He was quick to let me know Princeton has more Prize Winners than any two square miles on earth. I started google-ing Nobel Prize Winners, Pulitzer Prize Winners, National Medal Award recipients, etc. I started recognizing them in my grocery store, coffee house and library!
It wasn't until I audited three courses at Princeton University that my infatuation turned to something else. It was a done deal... transplant or not, Wannabe or not, I had fallen in love with this town.
I wanted to create a business that would honor all of Princeton - her history, culture, residents, university and merchants so I knew a touring company made sense.
There were only a few problems: I wasn't a historian, I didn't grow up in Princeton, I didn't go to Princeton University and, of course, never led a tour group!
- History - I collaborated with Princeton Public Library and various historical groups to verify my content. I don't present anything as fact unless they tould me I could. (Early in the tours there were even spots in the tour where I read verbatim the facts because I was terrified to get it wrong!)
- Touring - I LOVE touring people around Princeton! Now, I've been at this for 5 years but I started with ZIPPO experience. Check out our TripAdvisor reviews and you'll see we've designed these so that customers love the content, route and price!
- Being a Princeton Wannabe - Here's the deal. I'll always be an outsider in Princeton. It's OK with me and I hope it's OK with you. I just want to do my best to sustain Princeton's gorgeous landscape as well as her academic, economic and cultural diversity.
- Becoming a Full Service Tour Company - We started as a bike tour business and gradually moved to walking tours, pub crawls, ghost tours and corporate events. If someone wants to celebrate Princeton, we've probably got something for you. (If you want to rent a bike, we recommend Kopp's Cycle Shop on Spring Street.)
Our tours are meant to entertain and educate even the toughest audience!
Be sure and check out www.pidayprinceton.com too! Einstein was born on Pi Day! Princeton Pi Day was created to celebrate every year with a huge GEEK FREAK WEEKEND!
Since you've read this long, check out www.princetonblacksquirrel.com too! The black squirrels in Princeton are the ultimate Princeton love story!