More than 100 million hungry stomachs are filled each year at this group of hearty steak-buffet restaurants spread across 35 states.
Imagine a lifestyle in which you park a Ferrari at a private boat slip, slide onto a custom yacht, and ferry it across a waterway to a private island hosting a 20-room mansion modeled after an Italian villa. Though this may sound like a dream only attainable by the mega rich or an heir to a chocolate-fountain fortune, Imagine Lifestyles facilitates such lavish accommodations with a cavalry of luxury vehicles, vacation homes, and yacht charters. They specialize in auto rentals, entrusting cars from brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Porsche, and BMW to drivers for as short as a half day or as long as several weeks. To shield these pristine and rare rides from the elements, they also deal in luxury vacation home rentals, ranging from beach mansions in Miami to chic lofts and high-rise penthouses. The service also charters air and sea transportation, including jets of all sizes and yachts for all occasions.
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.
Outfitted with backseat TVs, stereos, and divider windows, Status Limousine's fleet of vehicles elegantly eases transportation for travel or leisure. For two hours, guests can populate the Lincoln stretch limo's 10 passenger seats as they journey to and from a fine restaurant or skip from nightspot to nightspot. The bottle of champagne augments arrivals with chilled sips of a spirited beverage and a cork that riders can break up into crumbs to leave a trail back to the limo.
Icon Auto fulfills autobahn fantasies with a dapper fleet of pedigree cruisers that handle roads at high speeds. Clients can sweet talk the motor mistress of their dreams during a 24-hour date with a spacious Escalade, known for nabbing the attention of music-video producers while suavely persuading death-wishing bugs to reinvest in achieving their dreams. The Mercedes-Benz S550 Brabus jockeys for roadway domination with its seven-speed transmission and equine maneuverability of 382 horses. Set the bar far too high by scooping up a blind date in a Rolls-Royce Ghost or Ferrari F430 Spider, which can travel up to 186 miles per hour even when not pushed by a professional athlete or driven by a friendly chauffer.
Parking Panda describes itself as "a community marketplace for parking," one that benefits both those seeking spots and those with spots to fill. Commuters in more than 40 major cities can either go online or use the mobile app to search an area and time of arrival, which will turn up a map with pinpoints of available spots. You can reserve and pay for the spot electronically, and even view a picture of the space you've selected to be sure it is in fact on planet Earth.
Garage and lot owners can list their space online, specifying the rate and time of availability. Operators will be paid instantly upon reservation, ensuring they won't have to track down parkers by the scent of their tire tracks.