Using the fresh lavender grown on their own ranch, Craig and Dana Stewart share the aroma therapeutic benefits of their favorite scent with a line of lavender-infused household products. Each handmade bar of soap, jar of culinary rub, and soy candle boasts a generous helping of lavender oil or the raw herb itself, allowing the calming aroma to permeate homes.
At Airpark IAH, cars slide into a covered or uncovered space in the fully secured garage, located a mere half-mile from George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Meanwhile, their owners hop aboard a chauffeured shuttle or VIP town car en route to the terminal. Helpful attendants at the onsite concierge service take down flight reservations and changes, or make reservations at restaurants and golf courses. While customers are away, office personnel keep a close eye on rides. The garage’s Corporate Perks Club eases travel for globetrotters with benefits such as a 15% discount on VIP town-car transfers and discounted parking rates.
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.
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.
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. 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.