Innovative Business Ideas

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Escape From Casa Loma Tower: Toronto Game Combines History, Theater, And Fun

Escape games are pretty trendy these days, and there are various concepts all around the globe. It's no surprise that these businesses are becoming popular. After all, what could be more fun than going on your own intellectual, "Saw"-style escape adventure that lets you test your wit without losing your limbs? Well, believe it or not, I can answer that question for you.

Swap-O-Matic: Whimsical Vending Machine Faciliates Trades

We all have those items that hang around our homes for months or years that collect dust untouched. Sometimes, however, we develop a sense of attachment to those items, and just don't want to see them discarded. Trying to sell pre-loved items to collectors, thift stores, or by holding a yard sale is a whole lot of effort with little payout. This inconvenience leads many of us to hoard things we wouldn't allow to take up valuable space in our homes. A new business concept uses technology to offer a whimsical solution.

'Weird Hotel' In Japan: The Robotic Future Of The Hospitality Industry?

Little by little, we're approaching a day and age where businesses that once relied on humans are using technology instead. I say "approaching" because we're not quite there yet; people are still valued in many fields, particularly where customer service is concerned. But that doesn't mean that many businesses aren't already embracing alternatives, and some of them happen to be a little strange.

St Louis' Grown-Up Friendly Playground

It's summertime, and as far as I'm concerned the season is all about fun and adventure. Travel may not be in the budget, but that doesn't mean you can't have new experiences that make 2015 a memorable year. It's easy for adults to fall into the trap of "acting like grown ups" or putting all the focus on creating fun times for the children. But there's nothing wrong with letting loose, getting back to basics, and having the kind of fun you may have forgotten you can have as an adult. One business has made playtime happen.

Swim In Movies: A New Take On The Retro Drive In Concept?

Every summer, many Americans flock to the drive in movie theaters to see their favorite retro flicks or new blockbuster releases. Although drive in movies are still popular today, there are far fewer operating theaters than there were a few decades ago, and some things have changed. Speakers no longer have to be pulled through your car's window as was once necessary (now, audio is available through a specified radio station), for example. What hasn't changed are the kids in pajamas or the pickup beds loaded with blankets and teenagers. But now, one concept could totally reinvent the drive in - and driving isn't even part of the equation.

Walker Stalker Cruise: Norwegian Hosts Zombie Apocalypse Sea Escape

If you love zombies and The Walking Dead (and who doesn't these days), then there are a number of different businesses that provide you with apocalypse survival experiences, and the latest is a popular cruise line that's setup one of the coolest ones to date.

Nursery Meets Nursing Home: Seattle Caregiving For Youngest And Oldest Generations

Getting older is no joke. Many older adults find themselves unable to live independently, disconnected from loved ones, and depressed because of the many life changes that they can't control. Nursing homes and other similar senior care organizations have tried to make the aging lifestyle as enjoyable as possible, and one is taking a whole new approach.

Bibliobath: Company Turns Classic Literature Into Waterproof Books

The season of reading has arrived! With kids out of school, there's less homework and more time to journey through fantastical worlds simply by turning pages. Summer reading isn't just for kids either; summer vacations that bring you to the beach or cottage create the opportunity for you to catch a break from the craziness of daily life, which is perfectly complimented by reading. However, summertime reading does pose some hazards that one company hopes to address.

Dreambox: 3D Printer Vending Machine

I don't know about you, but 3D printing is one of those technological developments that I just can't quite wrap my head around. Don't get me wrong, I follow the concept, I just have a hard time accepting that 3D printing has become a thing while we're still driving vehicles that stay on the ground. At least at this stage, 3D printing isn't a fixture in every home (so I've got time to come to terms with the whole thing); but there is a business aiming to make it more accessible to the masses.

Unusual Japanese Restaurant: Serving A Horse Meat Exclusive Menu With Surprising Ingredients

The latest unusual business concept I've come across, not only fits perfectly with the type of ventures I normally feature on this column - but it also happens to be related to a topic I'm personally passionate about; horse slaughter. Strengthen your stomachs, readers, and prepare yourselves as we look at this unusual restaurant from a more serious perspective.


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