Innovative Business Ideas

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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.

Doll No Mori: Intimate Relationship Rentals Of The Plastic Variety

Who needs to form real relationships based on common interests and connections when you can rent someone or something to fill just about any role in your life? We've seen rental people that are living, and while this next business creates an alternative with semi-functional organs, it beating heart definitely isn't one of them.

Daily Table: Shop For Cheap Meals At Grocery Store That Stocks Aging Food

If there's anything that we've learned over the years of featuring grocery stores and restaurants, it's that the food industry is incredibly picky when it comes to the produce they use. Vegetables that are a little misshapen find themselves at the bottom of trash bags, and food nearing its best before date is considered unsavory before its time. There are some kind souls out there, however, that take pity on this unwanted food, and create businesses specifically to carve out a place in life for neglected eats.

Biblio-Mat: Book Vending Machine Dispenses Surprise Reading

If you're a book lover, then you're probably already aware that the printed book industry has come down to feast or famine due to the popularity of e-publications. Many readers do still favor holding an actual book in their hands, but people in the business of selling them still need to come up with creative tactics. This concept combines a couple of our readers' favorite subjects - vending machines, and surprises!

Zombie Apocalypse Summer Camp For The Brainy Big Kid In You

June is here, and if you're a parent, it's time to start considering what summer activities you will enroll your children in before registration is full. That's all fine and well, but why should your kids have all the fun? Adult camps are becoming a new trend, and there's one challenging option that will see if your 'grown-up' lifestyle has prepared you to survive without losing your mind.

Child Love Dolls: Creepy Pedophile Prevention Business

Despite their best intentions to appear "normal" and do social good, there are some businesses that are just creepy. If I've said that before (which over the years I've had the pleasure of writing this column, I'm sure I have), this one has to be the most "unusual" of the group. Now isn't that a scary thought, considering you've already read the headline?

Therapy By Text: Where iMessage Replaces The Doctor's Couch

What comes to mind when you hear the words "therapy session"? If the portrayal in mainstream media has anything to say about it, you're probably envisioning being stretched out on a leather couch, sharing your darkest secrets while your therapist continues to provide you with a constant flow of new Kleenex as you deposit tear stained ones into the trash. But in today's world where technology and detachment are favored over face-to-face interactions that's an archaic method for improving mental health. I bet you can guess here this is heading...


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