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The Street Store: Non-Profit Pop-Up Boutiques For The Homeless

The best businesses don't always prove themselves by turning a profit. Some are simply out to make a difference in the world. I rarely feature non-profits, but a Cape Town, South Africa business is far too cool to overlook with its mission to help the homeless in a unique way.

Ziferblat Pay To Stay Coffee Shops

Coffee shops aren't what they used to be. Once upon a time, coffee shops were just an establishment to enjoy a delicious caffeinated beverage and perhaps even a sinful desert. Today, coffee shops are social meeting spots, office spaces (for those that work virtually), and even a place to hold corporate functions. How we use coffee shops has changed, but the way coffee shops serve us still remains in its traditional format. Which is why some innovators are taking a new approach to the coffee shop business.

Farmer's Fridge: Innovative Vending Machines For The Health Conscious

Over the years, vending machines have really changed dramatically, in part due to ever-evolving technology that makes it possible for them to break away from the norm. Even movies and television shows have poked fun at traditional vending machines for their lackluster selection (chocolate raisins just aren't a meal substitute), and their disappointing trend of taking your money without actually making your selection accessible to you. Fortunately, vending machines are much more than that, but for health food enthusiasts, most leave something to be desired. At least, that was true until now.

Stanley's Pharmacy: Medicating Patrons With Pharmaceuticals And Nutritious Drinks

No matter what ails you, there's a solution. You just have to ask around, and every individual will have a different medicinal, holistic, or alternative cure to help a fever break. Often, it is a cocktail of different items that people swear provides the best cure potential. These days it isn't just your Grandma "prescribing" and dispensing these items either.  Now there's a one-stop shop to cure what ails you.

There Will Be (A) Blood App, O, B & AB As Well

Could eating a diet based on your blood type -- O, A, B, or AB -- help you shed some LBs while improving your overall health. That's the idea behind the Blood Type Diet spawned by naturopath Peter J. D'Adamo.

Innovators Gather In Abu Dhabi To Address Sustainability

In what will be the largest gathering on sustainability ever to be held in the Middle East, innovators from many sectors will gather in Abu Dhabi on January 18 - 25. Abu Dabai Sustainability Week features the World Future Energy Summit and brings together leaders from the worlds of politics, science, business, and academia to discuss and address the energy challenges of the future. Read on to learn more about the event.

Bibliotech: World's First Bookless Library

When you think about paying a visit to a library, you think about shelves upon shelves of books, a library catalog, and sometimes even a male or female librarian dressed in tweed and glasses so nerdy that they're the coolest fashion statements ever. What you do not expect to find is a business that is chock full of emptiness. But that's exactly what the world's newest library offers to patrons.

Hangover Heaven: Las Vegas Survival Business Delivers Hangover Cures

Party buses are designed for fun and debauchery. They can be rented to help individuals celebrate virtually any event, but are especially popular for weddings and bachelor/bachelorette parties. With a party bus you get a designated driver, and a place to keep the party going without pause while en route to the next club or bar. The only problem with partying that hard is that you're going to feel it in the morning, so some smart individuals ran with the party bus concept, and made a party bus solution.

The Innovative Subscription Biz That's Exactly What You Think It Is. Period.

Every healthy woman on the planet, that is of child-bearing age, gets a special visit from mother nature (or at least her evil twin sister) once a month. While every woman has a different method for coping with a guest that's welcome on principle alone, there are a few things that every woman requires or appreciates. One unique business wants to ensure that women embrace their monthly guest, and they do that by ensuring that she shows up with a hostess gift.

Happy Pills Candy Store: 'Cuz A Little Bit Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down

You've heard the anti-sugar advocates refer to it as a drug , and there's no doubt that candy can fall under the addictive category if you are a sugar-lover. That's why one European business decided to take that notion and run - they've created a themed business that's sickly sweet.

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.

A Unique Approach To Texting Mittens

Texting in the winter is inconvenient no matter which way you look at it, and that's pretty inconvenient whether you're doing it for business or pleasure. Particularly during the cold weather months when there's an increased number of delays getting to your destination due to snow and ice, and during the holiday season when you really just want to send your well-wishes to loved ones. Many have tried to tackle the issue of texting during the winter, but this new wearable option is unique.

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. 

Wenyard, Empire Avenue On Steroids Or Pyramid Scheme?

Usually one learns of a new innovation, invention, social media breakthroughs from techie news sites like Spot, AllThingsDigital. Mashable, and others.  Word traveling fast in real-time is then amplified by all the major social networks (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, for starters) and if it's really 'disruptive' it will begin to blanket our zeitgeist. This is then followed by the business trades and legacy publishers elaborating on the shiny new thing's various iterations over time.

'Author Rank' Separating Small Business Bloggers vs Small Business Ghost Writers

While the blogosphere spawned thousands upon thousands of writers who in many instances lacked the opportunity to write for legacy publishers, ironically the major criticism levied against them came from those traditionalists. Traditionalists who critiqued bloggers as less worthy of acclaim because they were not vetted by the established press. Traditionalists, the likes of noted playwright Aaron Sorkin who agreed with Sarah Palin when their combined condescension labeled them, "pajama people."

Getting The Concepts Straight: Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks And Intellectual Property

We all know symbols like ©, ® or ™, and usually we have no difficulties relating them to ownership subjects. But do we know their actual meaning, both symbolically and legally? The terms Patents, Trademarks and Intellectual Property are often used in wrong ways, so with this article we will make a general insight over them.

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.

Money & Betrayal Play Key Roles In Silicon Valley Tomes

It appears when Ben Mezrich penned his tell-all book about the early beginnings of Facebook and included the bon mots "money" and "betrayal" in its title, he had paved a path for another to follow. After all if one social network could be launched on greed and deception, couldn't others? Good ole Machiavellian ethics may be as old as time, but it appears to be the common denominator for both...

Cleverest New Product Ideas - Winners Of Walmart’s Get On The Shelf Contest!

It’s been a long time coming, but Walmart finally picked a pair of their favorite new products as the grand prize winners for their “Get on the Shelf” contest. It won’t be too long before you’ll be able to pick up a set of SKRIBS Customizable Wristbands and the Elvis Presley Home Bedding Collection for yourself!