Cash For Cuddling: The Business Of Professional Spooning

Cuddling is typically considered an intimate act, reserved for couples, parents and children, and perhaps close friends. But cuddling has many benefits to our well-being, physically and emotionally, and individuals that don't have a designated cuddle buddy miss out on them. That's why some very people-friendly entrepreneurs have carved out a new industry.

Oppo Dog Muzzles: The Business That's Gone To The Ducks

Some business find their niche in a world of innovative products, other businesses find their niche making light of what would otherwise be serious business. Whether you like the direction that this unique business has gone is up to you, but they sure have managed to attract attention.

Top 5 Christmas Businesses That Made 2013 Special

With the Christmas season behind us, and the new year here, it's time to look at the coolest businesses that helped make the holidays magical this year. Take note because these businesses made for a successful 2013 holiday season, and might just help make it a little more merry and bright when it rolls around again in 2014. And what better time to think about Christmas businesses than now - as we cross the threshold into the no longer appropriate to have a tree up, or lights on -  territory. 

Woof To Wash: Laundry Machines Controlled By Dogs

Those of us with pets are aware that they live pretty cushy lives. They spend their days basking in the sun, chasing squirrels while out for walks, and barking when someone comes to the door. The average dog has few responsibilities - all we expect of them is to be semi-obedient and do their business outside. One company believes that dogs should play bigger roles when it comes to the maintenance of their households than simply licking fallen crumbs off the floor.

Abu Ghosh: Restaurant Takes Diners To A Time Before Cell Phones

In recent months, the internet has been running rampant with videos, articles, and photo memes that emphasize the importance of living in the moment. This is a message that has managed to withstand the tests of time, but now the emphasis is placed upon accomplishing this by disconnecting from technology. One savvy business has decided to embrace the "live in the moment" movement and has incorporated it as part of its branding initiative.

Emoya Hotel & Spa: Pay To Stay In Poverty

Many of us in North America are used to living in relative luxury compared to much of the world. For us, "roughing" it is camping where there's no plumbing or sleeping in European hostels with nothing but our back packs. I won't trivialize it, of course, many North Americans do know what it is like to struggle, but most of us won't have to live shanties for the bulk of our lives, with no electricity, heat, or running water.

Briggo Coffee Vending Machines: The Future Of Coffee Brewing?

Vending machines are among the most popular business concepts out there - at least according to our readers! And you know what else is incredibly popular with the masses? Coffee! Now these two things are being combined, there's a new concept that just might be the best in the world.

Annie Oakley's: Colorado Marijuana Dispensary Granted First Recreational License

The marijuana business is one that has been on the rise in states that have decriminalized the drug for some time. But up until now they've only been able to cater to an elite clientele - those with licenses to purchase medical marijuana. In Colorado where the drug has been legalized, that's all about to change.

Nap Cafe Corne: The Business Of Snoozing In Public (With Scones)

Smart businesses focus on offering solutions to common problems and needs that everyone has - and there are a limited number of things that all people absolutely require. One of those basic primal needs is to sleep, and there are studies that have shown a nap during the day can greatly increase productivity. But where should you sleep when a nap just can't wait?

Fresh Moves Bus: A Farmer's Market On Wheels

As a major advocate for purchasing and consuming local foods, and a produce-loving vegetarian, farmer's markets are among my favorite things in the world.  The only problem is that farmer's markets aren't everywhere when you need them. While there's still a way to go before everyone has unlimited, easy access to locally grown produce, businesses like The Fresh Moves bus in Chicago aim to change that.

Holy Smokes: The Business Of The 21-Gun Salute With 'Dead' Rounds

Death is a serious business, and over the years we have featured numerous businesses that have found creative ways to profit off that one thing that every single person does in his/her life; die. The latest to cross my path is called Holy Smokes, and it offers a unique way to honor those that have passed

Subway Grocery Store Offers Commuter Convenience

I can't be the only one in the world that feels like grocery shopping is a burden nine times out of ten. After a long day of work, the last thing I feel like doing is spending an hour engaging in shopping cart wars and getting stuck behind someone unfolding dozens of coupons at the register. And, as it turns out, I'm not alone in that feeling at all - at least, not according to the innovative commerce solution that's on the rails in Korea.

Adopt A Guy: Retail Store Offers A Modern Approach to Matchmaking

Choosing a mate isn't as simple as shopping for a new pair of jeans (which is a task that many women dread, so we can't underestimate the complexity of jean shopping). But one bold, international company wants women to select a man by browsing the available options in a store using a process that's not unlike shopping for denim. Except that you've got to try your selections on for size after you take them home.

Smencils: Scented Pencil Company That Makes You Smarter

Sniffing  tools that are meant to be used for writing isn't an activity that is generally recommended. In fact, there is a stigma associated with people that enjoy sniffing permanent markers - and let's just say that stigma doesn't reward people for intelligence.  Smencils hopes to change all that by making pencils that are not only cool to sniff, they make you smarter too.

Reduce, Reuse And Ride: Bejiing Subway Accepts Recyclables As Payment

Society's focus on reducing environmental impact is improving, and it is an even greater priority when the people engaging in environmental programs get something out of the deal. In order to encourage commuters to reduce their environmental impact, Bejing has started to accept an unusual form of currency in exchange for their transportation services. The Bejiing Subway System is introducing a program that has been coined Recycle-to-Ride (pun intended) to encourage citizens to reduce their waste, or at least what they do with it when they produce it. Because, the subway system, which is used extensively by commuters in Bejiing, accepts plastic bottles and other recyclables in exchange for subway tokens.

Gift Couture: Company Specializes In Quirky Wrapping Paper

We've all watched a child tear through wrapping paper with excitement to get through the gift it contains, only to  discover that they find more entertainment value in the wrapping then the gift itself. This is often disappointing to the gift-giver as it was the gift, and not the wrapping paper, that they selected with care. But who says it has to be that way? Certainly not Gift Couture - a business that designs wrapping paper that is as fun as the present it contains.

Sea Fort Floating Hotel: Holiday Options For The Introvert

Not everyone likes to be around a significant number of people. especially not while on a holiday vacation. I don't know about you, but a trip to Alcatraz Island would be an enjoyable way to spend a few days away from it all. It isn't a prison, but The Seafort Hotel is equally cool with similar benefits of isolation.

Garments For The Grave: A Fashion Business That's To Die For

Sometimes the most successful businesses are the ones that really step back and look at what is missing, and take steps to pose a solution.  One of the latest to cross our radar is Garments for the Grave, and yes, the business name does accurately describe what they offer, and its clothes are to die for.

Break For Free Beer: Amstel Pause Awesome Vending Machine

Amstel Beer has created quite possibly the coolest vending machine in history, and that says a lot, as there has been some steep competition over the years.  The inability for people to shut themselves off from technology, for example, has been the inspiration of many online memes and rants urging people to spend time with each other, or focus on or appreciate their surroundings.  That's why Amstel rewards people with beer in exchange for taking a breather...

New Twitter Mastermind Unveils Plans For Social Media E-Commerce

While I typically share the more weird and wacky stories that pertain to business, when I read the news that Twitter might start offering online shopping a couple of weeks ago, I decided there's just no way that I can skip opening up the lines of discussion about such a business structure.