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 factory-trained technicians at McCombs Ford West and McCombs Superior Hyundai whip weary cars into shape with new oil and refreshing grooming sessions. During an oil change, mechanics evacuate the old lubricant and introduce the engine to up to five quarts of fresh and friendly fluid. Tire rotations help to even out tread wrinkles, improve balance, and put a stop to any bickering between tires about who's taken the most potholes.
In Mexico, life’s milestones are inextricably linked to chocolate. And Andrea Pedraza will never forget sipping her first mug of delicious hot chocolate on the morning of her first communion.
Her early memories of chocolate blossomed into a lifelong obsession. Now, at Cocoandré Chocolatier, Ms. Pedraza strives to match the purity of that first mug. She imports 100% natural, cocoa-butter-based raw chocolate from Belgium and Mexico to craft her European-style truffles, flavors them with exotic spices, and covers them with ganache made with butter and heavy whipping cream.
Her confections have earned a slew of positive press, including a spot on Good Morning Texas, which showcases her inventive chocolate molds in holiday-appropriate shapes. Her team can also create custom molds, allowing patrons to fulfill a lifelong dream of eating Rodin’s The Thinker.:m]]
Channeling Austin's spirit of community, honesty, and music through the doors of its service garage, the two mechanics who founded Groovy Automotive stand by their services with a one-year or 12,000-mile guarantee that is honored at a nationwide network of certified shops. At all four locations, Automotive Service Excellence?certified technicians leap into action to remedy ill vehicles with repairs or foster peak road prowess with upkeep and maintenance. The care they show cars also extends to the community. They donate to organizations such as the Helping Hand Home for Children, and recycle oil, tires, and coolant to relieve the environment of toxins and prevent disgruntled car-part protests outside junkyards. As an additional gesture of goodwill, Groovy Automotive's courtesy-car service lets clients keep on trucking while their own rides are down for the count.
DFW Drive Your Dream grants rubber-burners the opportunity to pilot the industry’s most celebrated sports cars on predetermined routes. Drivers can strap in to experience the massive 400-horsepower motor of the Ferrari 360 Spider, which vibrates with barely tamed power as it climbs to speeds nearing 180 mph. The Gallardo streaks around hairpin turns with all-wheel-drive tires propelled by a 5-liter V10 engine. Ferrari's 483-horsepower F430 has the potential to reach speeds of up to 200 mph, and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster is equipped with an automatic paddleshift gearbox and produces 379 horsepower, or roughly 95 stagecoaches, from a 4.3-liter V8 engine. Top up or top down, the Vantage Roadster maintains its sleek Aston Martin design, earning its place among the iconic cars of today.
A Plus Automotive's trained technicians skillfully repair and service four-wheeled chariots. While some mechanics tweak breaks and perform tune-ups and oil changes, others nudge wheels back into alignment and identify mechanical ailments with computer diagnostics. In addition to repairing air conditioners and radiators, technicians also sell used parts and perform state inspections. Members of the shop’s bodywork and paint division smooth out dents and nurse injured roadsters back to health while providing one-year warranties on all bodywork. Pickup and drop-off services are also available for customers who are pressed for time or have never seen someone really strong lift a car.