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Pretzel Franchise Round-up

Which of these major snack-food purveyors is the best match for you? America’s love of the soft pretzel—sweet and doughy on the inside and buttery and salty o... »

Takin’ It to the Streets

Drawn by low overheads and flexible arrangements, some specialty retailers are taking their business to the streets. Over the years, food trucks have become increas... »

Business Basics

What every specialty retailer needs to know before launching a new business. The experts, the consultants and even the retailers offer the same advice: Don’t open... »

Enduring Industry Stars: Two Companies, One Product Category and Vastly Different Journeys

Concepts come and go in the specialty retail industry. That is par for the course in an industry that is fueled by product fads and short-term trends. However, amids... »

Mobile’s Growing Mojo

Smartphones, tablets and entire slew of personal electronics mean brisk business not just for tech companies but also for the whole array of secondary accessories re... »

Cool Business Opportunity

Tropical Sno is banking on the fact that simple shaved ice treats make for sizzling hot sales everywhere. Tropical Sno's shaved ice is a hot-weather treat that sells... »

Sizzling Sales Under the Sun

Solar Active's products might constantly change color but their profits are always red hot. After graduating with degrees in psychology and business, entrepreneur De... »

Success with Self-Serve Kiosks

It was nearly 15 years ago when Mike Kasavana developed what was then considered a revolutionary concept: Hotel self-check in. This may be looked back on as a semina... »

Seeing Green in Green-screen Concepts

Center of Attention Vanessa Holderness knows one thing for sure about people: Deep down, they love being the center of attention. Turning that knowledge into a retai... »

Piercing Profits: Body Jewelry Market Broadens

The Feel-Good Feeling "Body jewelry is a recession-proof item," says Dennis Moreno, senior vice president of sales at SalesOne International in Norwalk, CT, home of ... »

Tech It to the Bank

Keeping up with Tech "This is a business that changes quickly-that's what makes it exciting!" says Mike Mohr, president of Celluphone in Los Angeles, CA, a master ag... »

Kid-sumers: Today’s Super-Spenders

Sales are Growing How fast is the US children's market growing? Packaged Facts, a division of based in New York City, estimates that the annual bu... »

Massaging Profits in a Down Economy

Big Business Massages are big business. Whether for medical reasons such as injury rehab or pain relief, or for relaxation or simple health and wellness, more consum... »

Good Hair Days

Hair Sales Earlier this year, the market-research firm Packaged Facts released a report containing an interesting nugget: While salon services grew at just three per... »

Nail the Sales with Nail Art

Creating works of art on fingernails—perhaps butterflies and flowers for the tween set, or if you're a groupie of pop singer Fergie, a set of dominos—was... »
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