Sometimes called "speed-dating 2.0," SpeedMiami Dating is part of a multicity enterprise created by Anoush Stevenson, who brought the events to the U.S. from England in 2007. The idea was to eliminate some of the common shortcomings of conventional speed dating, such as cheesy hosts, boring events, and awkward atmospherics. The SpeedMiami approach to dating events has attracted major media attention for sidestepping the pitfalls with elegant venues and novel style. When Anoush brought her matchmaking brainchild across the pond, she didn't alter much. The two-hour events still have hosts who are all from the UK and infuse the festivities with their high-spirited English cheekiness. Miami events are held at trendy spots such as Cafeina and Kyma Lounge.
The Biscayne Xpress Water Taxi glides across Biscayne Bay, circling through its three stops—Bayside Marketplace, the Miami Beach Marina, and the downtown Riverwalk station—in a constant two-hour loop. Up to 42 passengers drink in views of coastal Miami and its gamboling manatees and pelicans as crew members impart juicy factoids about the city to visitors. At the Bayside Marketplace stop, patrons can browse a 120-store shopping complex or charter a fishing boat at Pier 5, whereas the Miami Beach Arena stop drops seafarers near a glut of restaurants, and the downtown Riverwalk station delivers visitors straight into the city’s rhythmically beating heart.
The SoBe Shuttle provides an easy way to get around in South Florida with hourly shuttles that run four days a week between Fort Lauderdale and Miami or South Beach. Evening shuttles are available Thursday–Sunday, with return trips leaving South Beach as late as 5 a.m. On Saturday and Sunday, daytime shuttles carry passengers to and from Miami’s famous white-sand beaches. Each WiFi-equipped shuttle is chauffeured by an experienced driver and contains a television set and refrigerator, perfect for storing leftovers or teaching a goldfish about winter.
From morning through evening, passengers motor to nine sightseeing hotspots on Water Taxi Miami’s aquatic coaches. Watercrafts ferry riders to and from ports such as Miami Beach Marina—from which they can access South of Fifth shopping and dining—and Finnegan’s River, a sports bar where patrons can stop in for an evening drink or gaze at views of the Miami skyline. Kids ages 3 and younger ride the environmentally friendly taxis for free, and discounted tickets and saying "please" in song facilitate passage for youngsters 12 and younger.
Martino Tire's ASE-certified technicians can install new tires, rotate existing tires and balance wheels, and perform a variety of other automotive services, such as brake repairs, oil changes, and realignments. Martino Tire carries tires from brands such as Michelin, BFGoodrich, and Goodyear.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Signature Service Oil Change package, which promotes the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car?it cools the motor and prevents moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) nurse vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, Jiffy Lube's savants perform air-filtration, brakes, electricity, and windshield services, among others. The technicians' quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, only complete a service after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.