American Luxury Limousine's large fleet has been transporting people to special and everyday occasions—be it a college shindig or a business meeting—for more than 27 years. Professional drivers chauffeur bridal parties in style, pulling up to weddings in shiny stretch Hummers, party buses, and Lincoln Town Cars. They also offer leisurely wine tours of the Santa Monica Mountains to acquaint oenophiles with local varietals, and they host bachelorette parties to put an appropriately epic period on the end of a bride’s single life.
Lisa Eurich wears many hats. She’s a certified personal trainer, a registered yoga and Pilates instructor, as well as a clinical hypnotherapist. She’s also a registered Thai massage therapist, who has developed wellness-based programs for Harley-Davidson and GE Medical, Yahoo!, and The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. After soliciting Lisa for a soothing Thai and aromatherapy massage, clients can learn more her 20-year background by reading her feature in the book, “Amazing Woman: What’s Your Story?”
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
From behind the wheel of imposing Lincoln town cars, Cadillac Escalades, and stretch limousines, Mellow Ride Limousine’s seasoned drivers guide refined rides down bumper-to-bumper streets or wide-open roads with professional courtesy. The plush fleet delivers passengers to events and occasions in stylish comfort, containing the wedding party’s infectious excitement on the way to the reception hall or helping families to take theme-park excursions without the hassle of growing a pumpkin and waiting for it to turn into a carriage. Drivers operate throughout a wide service area, delivering fliers to a slew of terminals at LAX, Burbank Airport, John Wayne Airport, and other major area airports.
Hamburger Hamlet has its roots in the original Hamburger Hamlet, an upscale burger joint opened in 1950 by actor Harry Lewis and his wife, Marilyn. Much like the studio system and rampant anti-Communist paranoia of that time, however, that Hamburger Hamlet is no more. In its place is a chain of restaurants that have retained the original's commitment to quality food, A-list service, and morose Act III soliloquies. The new Hamburger Hamlet's menu, overseen by executive chef Tony Zidar, updates much of the original Ham Ham fare while expanding upon the available eats. Still on the roster are burgers with beef, turkey, or veggie patties, such as the all-American classic cheeseburger ($9.95?$10.95) or the avocado-topped Marilyn Burger ($10.50?$10.95), all served with regular, mesquite, or garlic fries. On the new menu, however, are entrees such as a pan-roasted chicken served with spinach and garlic-parmesan fries ($16.95?$17.95), a barbecue meatloaf sandwich with garlic mashed potatoes on its arm ($10.95?$11.95), and a California market salad loaded with nuts, vegetables, chicken, cranberries, and goat cheese ($13.50?$13.95). Chocolateers and fudgeistadors will hit pay dirt with Hamburger Hamlet's ultimate hot-fudge cake ($8.95?$9.95), just one of the several rich desserts offered.
The FAA-certified instructors at Continental Aviation have more than 60 years and 30,000 flight hours of combined experience, which they use to train aspiring aviators. Their fleet of Cessna and Piper aircraft operates out of Van Nuys Airport, hoisting student-teacher teams aloft in pursuit of certifications ranging from private pilot's licenses to instrument ratings, depending on the student's goals. Back on the ground, certified mechanics provide pilots with a wide range of services for personal aircraft, including general repairs and annual inspections that will look for any wear and tear and chart the vehicle's wingspan growth.