The Houston Wave is a jitney service, a cross between a taxi and a bus that operates along a fixed route, shuttling revelers around Houston hot-spots such as the Washington Corridor, Midtown, and the Heights. Labeled "a welcome addition to the city's expanding party corridor" by the New York Times, the Wave provides a fun, safe, and eco-friendly way to carouse around the city's nightlife without having to hunt down parking or hold spelling bees to choose a designated driver. Each shuttle keeps its riders’ minds off the traffic with a disco ball and dancing pole. A nightly wristband will also treat you to a ton of discounts and deals at select businesses along the Wave route, so toast your bachelorette party with $1 off domestic pints at Kobain and Taps, or get everyone together for dinner with 15% off at Candelari’s Pizza. The Wave’s highly trained drivers will make sure that you safely reach each new destination while the night is still overflowing with darkness. Buy today’s Groupon for the Houston Wave and add a mobile party element to your next girl’s night out, birthday bash, monster mash, or best parent-teacher conference ever.
The bride stood under the photographer’s lights, resplendent in her wedding gown, as her family looked on from a distance. As she and her photographer, M. Chen, prepared for the shoot, she was handed a package—a prewedding gift from her soon-to-be husband. When she lifted the lid, she immediately burst into tears. Inside laid a photo of a great dane puppy—the dog she’d always wanted, which her husband planned to give her on their wedding day. As she ran to hug her mother, Mr. Chen ran after, shooting image after image, capturing the exact moment she fell into her mother’s arms. These quick reflexes have been honed through his nearly 30 years as a sports photographer and professional fly swatter, and he draws on photojournalistic techniques to compose a traditional portrait or snap once-in-a-lifetime, candid moments.
Regardless of specific approaches, he consistently draws from the landscape style of Ansel Adams and the dramatic lighting techniques of Monte Zucker. His work as a photojournalist and private portrait photographer has earned him more than 300 publications in the glossy pages of New York Daily News, Popular Photography, ESPN Magazine, and Professional Photographers of America magazine. When not snapping on-location engagement shoots, family portraits, or boudoir sessions, he passes on his technique through traveling photography seminars, hands-on workshops, and by gently tapping the heads of his students. Though formerly designed only for professional-level photographers, these classes instill confidence and camera basics in beginners. As he frequently finds new class examples and takes feedback from his students, Mr. Chen frequently fine-tunes the curriculum after each seminar.
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.
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.
PreFlight Parking safely stows cherished chariots and ferries their owners to and from nearby Houston Intercontinental Airport in a direct coach. Upon arrival, lot attendants direct vehicles to their appointed spot and, within five minutes, summon a shuttle bus to whisk travelers off to their terminal. Until drivers return, security fixes a watchful eye on family vans and much-loved motorcycles and repeatedly reassures them that their owners' newfound reliance on air travel is just a phase.
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.
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; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. 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.