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.
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.
Auto Exotic Rental’s storeroom of high-end vehicles makes dreams of luxury-car ownership possible on the short-term scale. Lamborghinis, Bentleys, and Porsches tickle cruising fantasies with plush amenities and powerful engines, and a selection of spacious Rolls-Royces classes up a Sunday drive. The slew of roadsters also includes Cadillacs, which carry multiple passengers or cardboard-cutout families in style.
Ben Chen has experienced his share of success in his nearly 30-year photography career?his work has been published in such publications as Cosmopolitan, The Los Angeles Times, and ESPN Magazine, and he has lent his expertise to some of the nation's largest corporations, including Procter & Gamble and The American Red Cross. In 2006, the photographer began to notice that more and more novices were purchasing complex DSLR cameras, and that gave him an idea. Chen decided to share his wealth of knowledge with aspiring photographers by creating the 4-Hour Newbie Photography Boot Camp, which teaches students how to shoot manually with their DSLRs and create artistic, professional-quality photos. Since then, more than 5,000 students in 20 cities throughout the country have benefited from these classes. In 2013, he acquiesced to student demand and created Part II of the class, which goes beyond photography basics by diving into post-production techniques. Nowadays, students can take both Part I and Part II in the same day, helping them go from student to master in less time than most action-movie montages.
The drivers at Citi Streets Limos handle more than their namesake vehicles—they also pilot a fleet of town cars, SUVs, 10-passenger buses, and even stretch Hummers. Before buckling up behind the wheel, they undergo extensive training and regular testing to ensure they can safely maneuver the streets and jump over school buses in the event of a car chase. And no matter how large the interior, they devote ample time for classy touches, stocking each vehicle with cold bottled water, soft drinks, hand lotion, peanuts, and even newspapers. Before picking up its human cargo, each vehicle receives a regal cleaning to ensure the interior smells fresh and looks as clean as the cars’ gleaming exteriors.