When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
The Walker family has worked in the transportation business since 1963, when it opened a six-car rental operation in San Antonio. In 2006, the family sold the rental company—which had since grown into an international enterprise—to focus exclusively on its Texas-based limousine and shuttle services. Abbey Walker Executive Cars & Limousines's current fleet includes classic and stretch Lincoln Town Cars in black, white, and phosphorescent glitter-green. Groups can also cover ground in vans or buses equipped with luggage racks and wheelchair lifts. Uniformed drivers chauffeur groups on pre-planned tours of Texas wine country, complete with restaurant reservations and hypoallergenic wine-stomping stilts.
Conveniently located just minutes from the home airport of Southwest Airlines, the Embassy Suites Dallas-Love Field is ideal for travelers with overnight layovers as well as locals looking for a relaxing getaway not far from home. The hotel offers free shuttle service to both Dallas Love Field and the world-class shopping of NorthPark Center. Each spacious two-room suite features a small refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave, as well as a sofa sleeper in the separate living room. There’s an on-site fitness center and pool, as well as an adjacent hiking trail that provides a nice escape from the otherwise urban views. A nightly cocktail and hors d’oeuvres manager’s reception, as well as made-to-order and buffet breakfast options are always complimentary.
Aside from a coat of green paint on the outside, Capitol City Crawler’s fleet of eco-friendly buses don’t look like all that different from other buses on the road. Look inside, though, and you’ll find what is essentially a club on wheels. There’s seating for 24 passengers, and the seats are arranged against the walls so there’s plenty of room for dancing, too. Each bus comes equipped with a bar, a thumping sound system, LED lighting, and an inflatable doorman. The buses are popular for bachelor and bachelorette parties, but they’re also suitable for kids’ birthday parties, brewery tours, and wine-tasting tours in the Hill Country.
Elite Concierge's trained drivers chauffer guests safely around Dallas and Forth Worth in opulent Hummer H2 limos or fun-loving party buses. Four-wheeled carriages command the attention of passing stretch-tricycles while idling curbside to allow up to 20 guests to climb aboard. For three hours, beaming headlights blaze trails through city streets as home-brought wine, beer, or spirits flow freely in sumptuous back seats. After a worry-free evening of cruising in style, limos or buses bid passengers adieu with a haunting rendition of "Ave Maria" played entirely on the car horn.
Beauty & the Bistro Café & Catering's uniformed staff add friendly elbow grease to their catered social and corporate events. Expectant mothers round up posses of up to 30 guests for a two-hour takeover of the bistro's party room, where a sign-in and gift table greet guests and assign code names written in baby talk. Load up on human fuel from a buffet spread, filling antique china, glasses, and silverware with comestibles including seasonal fruits, parmesan pasta salad, and sliced croissant sandwiches stuffed with generous portions of chicken salad. As light dinner music plays over excited conversations and debates on the origin of the rattle, the staff quiets wailing sweet teeth with slices of guest-provided cake.