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Long-Distance Bedtime Stories

The Chicago-based company’s patent-pending application integrates digitised picture books with webcam communication, allowing adults and children to share stories while seeing and interacting with each other.


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Niche Biz: Humor

The hotline, claims Goldblatt, fetched 600,000 callers in its first year, inspiring him to turn his Don Rickles prank into a business.


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Thinkgeek: Home Of Geek Chic

Against a backdrop of shrinking U.S.


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Crazy Money Making Idea: Walking Advertisement

Dan Strong owns a business called StripWalker, which sounds dirty but isn’t.


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The Most Innovative Laundromat You’ll See

The new laundry and cafe has a clean design and provides lots of amenities for customers.


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Wedding Invitations That Look Like Rock Concert Posters

Like many brides and bridegrooms, Katie Mercurio and Jeremy Geddis had specific ideas about their wedding.


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Wacky Ways To Make Money

Professional Christmas Tree-Light Installer
If you have a talent for hanging holiday lights, you can make money hiring yourself out to less handy neighbors and friends.


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Niche Biz: Funny Employee Awards

Know a person at work that would be perfect for The Heinz Ketchup Award for always making others wait?


Music Lessons From Afar

The first note of Ray Foulkes’ weekly piano lesson is the staccato double ring of his telephone.


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Why I Didn’t Think Of That

Unique products to inspire and amuse.