Niche Biz: Hats

Thousand Oaks Acorn: After Tom Romiski came up empty in his local search for the perfect cap, he opened Hats of Style in Thousand Oaks, where there’s a perfect “cap” for everyone. “The (local) department stores didn’t...
The following is a guest post from the Blog Content Guild. If you live in the U.S., you’ve probably noticed that cupcake shops and frozen yogurt shops have been doing increasingly well in the past...
The following is a guest post by Kari DePhillips. Believe it or not, there's no secret to online marketing. At least, not any more than there's a "secret" to algebra. Once the fundamentals are learned, the...

Making Tables From Hangers

This is Somerset: The patriotic table tops are the work of inventor and entrepreneur Nick Stillwell, who created them using recycled coat hangers supplied by the Frome store. Between 500 and 600 coat hangers have gone into...
Toledo Blade: Residents who find lost dogs that are wearing Lucas County license tags will now be able to go online and find out who the animal's owner is. But unlike content on similar Web sites in...
The recent boom of the Bakken oil fields — made possible by a perfect storm of sensible state regulations, the fracking process, and the fact that most drilling is taking place on private lands—has produced...

Massage a Horse: Go to Jail

The Institute for Justice: That’s the absurd fate Karen Hough could face if she wants to continue her business in Nebraska. A certified instructor, Karen has been massaging horses for years. Massaging a horse...

Peer to Peer Car Repair

Techcrunch: YourMechanic, a peer-to-peer car repair marketplace that enables mechanics to fix users’ cars at their home or office, launched at TechCrunch Disrupt SF today. It claims it will lower costs 30-50% from shops and dealers, offering...

Sweeping the Streets for Gold

In Ahmadabad, India people sweep the streets for gold. Literally! The town, in western India, is home to more than 5,000 gold and silver shops and factories. As the estimated 40,000 workers come and go...

How to Make Money on Etsy

Ever wondered how to make money with Etsy? I know I have, since they've single handedly allowed my wife to off-load much of her crafting. Here's how: Since 2005, Etsy has offered an e-commerce...
Amusing Planet: What happens to yellow school buses retired from commission in the United States? They start a new colorful life as Chicken Buses in Guatemala. When American school buses reach the age of...
When libertarians and bright-eyed liberals talk privatization, one of the things that the liberals always ask is “how can we possibly privative public transportation?” One word: Megabus. Megabus is a city-to-city, express bus service. ...

A Desk Held Up With Balloons

How do you build a desk suspended by balloons? A company called Twisted Image finally started production in February. Their job was to fabricate permanent hot air balloons strong enough to...

Weird: Salt Made From Tears

The next time you feel down, just think of all the money you could make from selling your tears! Hoxton Street Monster Supplies offers a variety of salt, for every kind of tear. Salt Made From...
If you've ever tried to take a vacation with children that required the use of both an airplane and a rental car, you know the pain. What do you do about car seats and boosters?...
The following is a guest post by Rudy DeFelice. As a father of three and founder of Kidworth, Rudy DeFelice is familiar with the issue of when parents should start addressing kids’ financial literacy. The answer...
NY Times: An artisanal taco truck has come to Paris. The Cantine California started parking here in April, the latest in a recent American culinary invasion that includes chefs at top restaurants; trendy menu...
If you've got an idea for a hot new niche service, or a new way to improve an existing online service, don't bother starting from scratch.

The Redneck Wine Glass

CNN Money: America’s love affair with the irreverent, tacky and politically incorrect is making millions for at least one business. Carson Home Accents, a 41-year-old, family-owned company based in Freeport, Pa., struck gold recently when...
EZee-Cover is a fashion accessory for small wastebaskets. They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and 75 year old Marji Stone found a need that I never noticed. She uses plastic shopping...