Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
The Houston Wave is a jitney service, a cross between a taxi and a bus that operates along a fixed route, shuttling revelers around Houston hot-spots such as the Washington Corridor, Midtown, and the Heights. Labeled "a welcome addition to the city's expanding party corridor" by the New York Times, the Wave provides a fun, safe, and eco-friendly way to carouse around the city's nightlife without having to hunt down parking or hold spelling bees to choose a designated driver. Each shuttle keeps its riders’ minds off the traffic with a disco ball and dancing pole. A nightly wristband will also treat you to a ton of discounts and deals at select businesses along the Wave route, so toast your bachelorette party with $1 off domestic pints at Kobain and Taps, or get everyone together for dinner with 15% off at Candelari’s Pizza. The Wave’s highly trained drivers will make sure that you safely reach each new destination while the night is still overflowing with darkness. Buy today’s Groupon for the Houston Wave and add a mobile party element to your next girl’s night out, birthday bash, monster mash, or best parent-teacher conference ever.
From Atlanta to LA, Park 'N Fly keeps cars safe inside their secured quarters just a quick shuttle ride away from the nearest airport. To make taking a trip more convenient for travelers, they offer 24-hour shuttles that arrive every five minutes, valet parking, and luggage assistance, beyond giving their vehicles a safe place to stay. Their lots are gated, well lit, and monitored.
What makes your business stand out?
Our focus on each passenger's travel experience. We strive to provide a reliable, efficient, and safe travel experience for our passengers and do this by ensuring we value their time and experiences as highly as they do. Our onboard cabin crew not only provides great service en route and during boarding, but ensure our passengers' safety and overall enjoyment during travel. While some carriers aim to provide the lowest-cost offering possible, our goal is to provide the best value and travel experience.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
Traveling frequently for work, I realized how unenjoyable much of my travel was and how much productivity I was losing during travel. Starline aims to let passengers take back their travel time, be it for enjoyment or work purposes. While it's great to save on gas, the bigger benefit is regaining your time and peace of mind in not having to worry about travel.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our GameLiner and CityLiner services allow travelers to enjoy their destinations and not have to worry about travel, parking, or road safety after a night on the town or a big game's tailgate.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking garage
Most popular offering: GameLiner - Express game-day service
Pro Tip: Take the hassle out of travel. Travel Smart. Travel Starline.
Aim Limousine Service joins posh luxury vehicles with licensed, professional drivers. The fleet includes the Hummer H2, limos from Escalade, and Tahoe SUVs, all well manicured and spacious enough to accommodate large groups. The drivers are state-licensed, trained, and screened. Put the two together, and you've got transportation in comfort and style. Drivers can escort groups to parties or individuals to business meetings all in a safe and timely-manner that allows time to straighten one's tie or check in early at the gate to get the pilot's autograph.