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Hot Dogs = Sizzling Sales

Hot Dog on a Stick opens first kiosk location. What started as a beach hot dog stand in the 1940s has since grown to more than 100 locations—and now Hot Dog on a ... »

Click Flick

Digiboo kiosk delivers entertainment on the go. Hoping to replicate the success of home entertainment kiosks like Redbox, Digiboo is bringing movies and television ... »

Sportula Scores Big

Sports concept is winning over the guys. When it comes to gifts for guys, sports-related merchandise and grilling items are perennial favorites when shopping for Fa... »

Park Place

Pop-Up provided outdoor fun while attracting shoppers inside the San Francisco Centre. 1. The Problem  Westfield San Francisco Centre had a problem: the center’... »

Real Goods

A solar company opens a mall kiosk to introduce more people to solar power systems and boost sales. Location: Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis, CA (more…)... »

What’s Not to “Like?”

New self-serve kiosk converts customers into active Facebook fans. Imagine your customer has just completed a transaction at your business and seems to be happy wit... »

Just the Zing

D’marie takes catering business to the specialty retail market. It was a few years ago that Dianna Marie Seufer added a few flavors of handcrafted Tuscan wedges ... »

Sweet Fix

Beverly Hills-based Sprinkles bakery unveils cupcake vending machine. 1. The Inspiration Candace Nelson is the founder of Sprinkles, one of the country’s most po... »

Pop-Up Contains Retail Possibilities

Forget pop-up stores. This entire mall, fashioned out of an unusual concept, works to redefine the meaning of “pop-up.” Roger Wade, the founder of British fashi... »

Driving Business

Mobile trucks are selling more than food these days. Can they be an effective complement to your specialty retail operation? Move over cupcakes, pizzas and tacos. D... »

Innovation is Key

A self-serve concept looks to eliminate key duplication hassles. Randy Fagundo has seen that until recently, small retailers have been ambivalent about offering key... »

Diary of a Startup

The right products; the right shopping center; the best lease: you have all your bases covered. Embarking on a new specialty retail business can be a heady and nerve... »

Beyond Burial Basics

An unusual franchise is looking to be a popular concept in shopping centers. A custom casket franchise at a mall might sound unusual, but for Nathan Smith and Trac... »

(Not so) Rocky Road

A new franchise operation in Brookfield Square Mall, Brookfield, Wisconsin, is sweet switch for former furniture salesman. 1. The Problem. The Solution. Though he ... »

Pop-ups: A New Domain for Online Retailers

Cyber retailers test the waters of brick-and-mortar retail through pop-up stores. Online retailers ranging from small independents to giants such as eBay and Google... »
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