When the Robinson helicopters at Queen City Helicopter Corp. aren’t acting as airborne classrooms for aspiring pilots, they’re whisking passengers on aerial tours of nearby landmarks. The peaks of Crowders Mountain, the sports arenas of uptown Charlotte, and the horses and buggies of the Charlotte Motor Speedway loom large in the windows of the chopper after it takes off from the company's very own private, FAA-approved heliport. On the ground at the FAA flight school, pilots safely test their abilities inside a flight simulator and study in the onsite classroom.
From behind the wheels of luxury automobiles by Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and Jaguar, the Royal Limousine chauffeurs help guests to smoothly roll by miles of North and South Carolinian scenery. The company leads a variety of adventures, each designed to make it easy for customers to explore their neighboring states’ abundance of outdoor and cultural attractions. Destinations include horse ranches, football games, comedy clubs, ocean cruises, and hot air balloon launch sites, where guests arrive on time without having to consult maps or ask roadside armadillos for directions.
Charlotte Party Charters ferries the fete-focused around Charlotte-area bars, clubs, events, and more in comfort and style. Groupon buyers get two hours aboard a London double-decker bus—affectionately named Clifford—with a 75-person seating capacity, standing room for 15 on the lower-level dance floor, and hanging space for up to 30 opossum gate crashers.
Situated within the elegant DoubleTree Hotel, The Orchards Restaurant serves upscale American dishes to world travelers and Charlotte locals alike. Service kicks off in the early hours of the morning, when chefs begin whipping up three-egg omelets, belgian waffles, and country-fried steaks. As the day progresses, the chefs turn their attention to juicy burgers, crispy sandwiches, and fresh seafood specialties.
Abi Goldberg wanted to open her own spa to honor her entrepreneurial father's memory after he passed away. In 2012, Abi used her family's business instincts to rebrand her salon. Chroma, formerly La Chique, now features industrial chic decor with aqua-colored accents for a more modern, serene setting. Clients can still count on pampering Image Skincare facials and customized cuts, as well as wine and beer to sip or pour out in respect for recently lost locks. Abi also maintains the boutique's stock of handcrafted jewelry and accessories she personally selects from expos in New York and Atlanta.