Thursday, September 12, 2013

Charlotte Growing Into Serious Player in Corporate America


270 Fortune 500 Companies Represented in Charlotte

If momentum is everything in business, then Charlotte has the big MO in a big way.  Ranking 17th in population as a city, and 23 as a region, Charlotte is playing way above its handicap when it comes to Fortune 500 companies. 

Corporations who have their headquarters in Charlotte include 10 (11 including Wells Fargo's East Coast operations) Fortune 500 companies listed in order of their rank:
  1. Wells Fargo,  
  2. Bank of America
  3. Lowe's in suburban Mooresville,
  4. Nucor (steel producer),  
  5. Duke Energy,  
  6. Sonic Automotive
  7. Family Dollar,  
  8. Goodrich Corporation,  
  9. SPX Corporation (industrial technology),  
  10. Domtar (in suburban Fort Mill), 
  11. Chiquita Brands International.
Other major companies headquartered or with corporate operations in Metro Charlotte include: Extended Stay Hotels, Babcock and Wilcox, RSC Brands, TIAA-CREF, Time Warner Cable (formerly a business unit of Fortune 500 company Time Warner), Fox Sports 1, ESPNU, Continental Tire the Americas, LLC., Muzak, Belk, Harris Teeter, Meineke Car Care Center, Lance, Inc, Carolina Foods Inc, Bojangles', Carlisle Companies, National Gypsum, Electrolux, LendingTree, Compass Group USA, Food Lion, and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (the nation's second largest Coca-Cola bottler). U.S. Airways regional carrier CCAir was headquartered in Charlotte.

When you visit Charlotte, you will find it much more convenient and cost effective to use a chauffeured sedan than rent a car or take taxi's.  If you'd like to see some of the reasons why that's true, just check out this article. 

If you are responsible for motivational activities at a Charlotte based company, you might also be interested in our recommendations for a night-on-the-town promotion to help with sales or other goals. Our new Mercedes Party Bus is Charlotte's answer to Fun on Wheels. 

We have locations in Charlotte and Atlanta to serve you:

A Step Above Limo Services
3377 Weston St.
Charlotte, NC 28209
(704) 605-1108

Ambassador Limousine Service
3355 Lenox Rd.
Suite 750
Atlanta, GA 30026
Tel: 404-621-2544

When your executives or sales professionals need Charlotte airport transportation, we can also be of help.  For a humorous take on the comparison between taxi and limo for airport transportation, check out this post.

Monday, September 2, 2013

7 Reasons to Use Corporate Limousine Services

A Step Above Limo Has You Covered for Any Corporate Limo or Chauffeured Sedan Need

There are so many great uses for chauffeured sedans and limos in the business world, that you could probably write a book.  Instead we have chosen to use this blog to give you the details on many such uses.  In this article we will try to provide an overview of as many possibilities as possible, and supply you with links to the details on other posts.  If  we've left out any great ideas, please add them in the comment section.

1.  Give away a night on the town as a contest prize

2.  Improve the productivity of traveling executives

3.  Pick up business guests and visiting customers at the airport

4.  Provide evening entertainment to a visiting customer or other guest

5.  Event transportation for sales meetings, trade shows, and seminars

6.  Office night out for a celebration or incentive

7.  Airport transportation for any traveling executives are sales staff

Please add to our list with your ideas in the comments. 

If you need to rent any type of chauffeuredvehicle, from a Mercedes Sedan, to a Chrysler Stretch Limo, or even a Party Van, we can be of help.  In Charlotte our phone number is (704) 605-1108  and our website is   In Atlanta, our phone number is 404-621-2544 and our website is

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Two Nights in Atlanta, One in Charlotte for Queens of the Stone Age

Some bands are better than others. 
Chord by chord, line by line, beat by beat, hook by glorious hook, none is as convincing in 2013 as the Queens of the Stone Age. Even their codas kill.
The 6,000 heads moving in lockstep unison Saturday night at the Gibson Amphitheatre during "No One Knows" offered undeniable proof. With necks rubbery, noggins kept time with the Queens' rolling thunder beat as if snipers were commanding it from above, chunka-chunka riffs pushing through the venue as the band carried its devoted base through a song about rules to follow, pills to swallow. 
They traveled with Queens founder-singer-guitarist-desert dweller Josh Homme "through the desert of the mind with no hope," drifted through the ocean, "dead lifeboats in the sun," as the perfectly engineered band hummed. The group has been on the road for dozens of dates this summer, and holy boulders does it show. Pardon the language, but what a cussin' rock band.
Read the rest of the review on the Los Angeles Times site.

Now, for the other part of our recommendation.
Some Party Buses are better than others.  You can fit up to 14 folks in our New Mercedes Sprinter Party Bus.  If you go out before and or after the concert, and you have the party machine for say 5 hours, the total bill will be like $30 a person.  Get your tickets, then call us immediately.  We only have one party bus in Charlotte and one in Atlanta.  First come, first served. 

If you have a smaller group, take 8 - 10 in our Chrysler Stretch Limo.  Just you and your girl, how about a chauffeured sedan.  Call today to reserve.  704-605-1108

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Charlotte Limo Company Adds New Mercedes Sprinter Party Bus

Sprinter Party Bus Charlotte

Sprinter Party Bus Holds Up to 14 for Bachelorette Party, Night on the Town, Wine Tours and More in and Around Charlotte

You're looking for a completely different kind of experience.  You friend is getting married, or your group is looking for a fantastic night out.  Maybe you've been wanting to tour the local wine country, but figure doing it with a big group would just be way more fun.  Or you need a new way to motivate your team at the office or in your club.

A Step Above Limo, the premier limousine service in Charlotte, has added one of these amazing new party buses to their fleet.  They've also added a Mercedes Benz s550 Sedan and a Chrysler Stretch Limo.  You may want to call ASAP to set a reservation.  (704) 605-1108 When the word gets out that this new party bus is in town, available time will fill up fast.

Are you thinking that this fantastic machine and the highly trained chauffeur to drive you around might be too expensive?  Depending on the number of people in your group and the amount of time you need the party bus, it the cost could be as little as $25 per person for 3 hours.

Ask about airport transportation on this bus, too.  It has plenty of luggage storage room for even a big party.  (704) 605-1108

Monday, August 19, 2013

Steely Dan Tour Will Hit Atlanta and Charlotte in September

STEELY DAN "Mood Swings 2013: 8 Miles To Pancake Day" Is the Perfect Excuse to Arrange a Party of Friends and Hire a Limo



LOS ANGELES, CA: Legendary jazz-rock icons Walter Becker and Donald Fagen have announced that STEELY DAN will hit the road again in 2013, taking their Mood Swings: 8 Miles To Pancake Day Tour to over four dozen stops throughout North America.

Opening in Atlantic City on July 19, the tour hits major markets including Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte, Atlanta, and Boston, with additional special engagements to be announced soon. Tickets  are on sale now.

A great way to enjoy any concert is to head to the show with a group of friend in a chauffeured sedan or limo.  In Atlanta you would want to call Ambassador Limousine Service of Atlanta or go to their website at  A Step Above Limo in Charlotte would be the choice for a choice of party bus, sedan or limo.

Concertgoers can expect an evening of the same high-level of musical excellence that garnered raves from fans and critics alike, and which was described by The Los Angeles Times thusly: "Everyone gathered Friday evening was a believer — and they were treated to something close to rapture." The Chicago Sun-Times raved "This was different. This was live. This was vibrant. This was a cascade of color carried along by Fagen, Becker, eight brilliant supporting musicians and three superb backing vocalists."

On stage, Donald and Walter will be joined by these same eight brilliant supporting musicians, now appearing as The Bipolar Allstars (featuring Keith Carlock on drums, Freddie Washington on bass, Jim Beard on keyboards, and Jon Herington on guitar), along with The Borderline Brats — three sublime, soulful songbirds. Together, they will treat audiences to selections from The Dan's extraordinary four-decade catalog, rich with infectious tunes, bodacious harmonies, irresistible grooves, and sleek, subversive lyrics — punctuated by blazing solo work and rich ensembles. As always with the adventurous Fagen and Becker, a few surprises may be in store as well.
Visit for up-to-the minute tour news, information, and on-sale dates.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Picnic at Sharp Mountain Winery in Beautiful N. Georgia. Get there by Limo

No Wine Tour in N Georgia Is Complete without a Picnic.  The Sharp Mountain Winery Is Just the Place

Sharp Mountain Vineyards  Fri - Sun

At 1500 feet, on five acres of rocky, alluvial soil, Sharp Mountain Vineyards is perfectly situated for doing what it does best: handcrafting fine wines in the old-world fashion.

This unique vineyard, established in 1995, was built on one simple principle: that the finest wines come from the finest fruits. Everything that Sharp Mountain Vineyards does honors this guiding principle, and North Georgians are the enthusiastic beneficiaries of this unwavering commitment to the ideal.

Sharp Mountain Vineyards and Wineries

What makes Sharp Mountain Vineyards so distinctive is its solitary focus on creating exceptional wines and providing a friendly, comfortable atmosphere for its customers.  Sharp Mountain Vineyards doesn't strive to increase production or branch out into a full-service event venue. Instead, this family-owned vineyard intentionally maintains a lower output capacity and focuses on only one thing: the wine.

By personally attending to every detail of the wine making process, from carefully tending plants through methods that promote quality over quantity to harvesting each grape with care to ensure that only the best are selected, Sharp Mountain Vineyards proudly produces eleven varieties of the region's finest wines.

The same attention to detail extends to the friendly and festive tasting room and gift shop where connoisseurs and novices alike are never disappointed. The Tasting Room and Gift Shop are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Call for private tastings and events.

Sharp Mountain Vineyards welcomes guests to bring their own picnic fare and relax at a pavilion overlooking the vineyards and Sharp Mountain in beautiful North Georgia. It's an awe-inspiring view and the perfect setting in which to eat, drink, and be merry.

The result is more than wine: it is an experience.

We'll pick you up in a sedan or stretch limo.  You might hit one winery in the morning, one for lunch, and two in the afternoon.  Then we'll get you home with no time lost for DUI's and nobody losing out by being the designated driver.  Let us help you plan out the whole day.  Call 404-621-2544 to reach Ambassador Limousine Service in Atlanta.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

American Grape Varietals from Boutier in the Piedmont Region of GA

 Take a Chauffeured Limousine Wine Tour to the Piedmont Area North of Atlanta

 Boutier Winery   Friday - Sun

Boutier wines are crafted from the highest quality grapes, carefully selected from the finest vineyards, including the recently acquired Boutier Vineyards. Each of our wines are crafted and aged to perfection.

Boutier Vineyards is situated in the temperate Piedmont Region of Georgia. The long growing season and constant breezes help keep fruit and foliage dry and encourage rich, ripe fruit and healthy vines. The nearly 32 acres are planted in Vinifera and French American grape varietals, with our oldest vines at about 15 years of age. The current crop includes Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Syrah, Corot Noir and Cynthiana and will be expanded to include Mourvedre and Grenache.

Make the trip to Boutier and other Atlanta area wineries extra special and memorable.  Get a few friends and split the cost of a stretch limo for the day.  When traveling by limo, the party goes from when you leave to the very end of the trip.  Call 404-621-2544 or check out our website at