Unique Concepts

3FLOZ Brings Travel-Size Beauty to Automated Retail

Customers love the speed and convenience of shopping from these Zoom Systems machines. Sodas, snacks … and self tanner? While the first two are items you’d ex... »

Chip Control

A parking lot concept makes for unique specialty retail, adding to centers’ ancillary incomes and creating a successful business as a result. DECO Windshield Repa... »

Nailing a New Market

Nail-art machine eyes shopping center market for expansion. Tat’z Nail’z, a concept featuring an innovative nail design printer, is mostly used in nail salons b... »

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... »

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... »

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 ... »

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... »

Personalized Profits

Personalized prints deliver impressive profit margins. When Tom Meyers personalized direct mail for customers, he wondered if the same software system could be put ... »

Slap Happy

A new twist on watches revives an almost forgotten fashion trend. When Jim Howard and Lori Montag of Big Time Brands were trying to develop a new style of watches l... »

Nailing a New Idea

At Fancy Nail's Bar, customers can choose from 7,000 designs or create their own on a computer screen, and voila, the machine prints the ready-to-apply design. With ... »

Cute and Creepy

A plush series of baby vampires just might have customers dying for more. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. Just as Gayle Middleton approached entrepreneu... »

To Infinity… and Beyond!

RobotGalaxy launches a national kiosk program that promises to be out of this world. New York-based RobotGalaxy is preparing to make a major Earth landing as it rol... »

The Fluff that Dreams are Made Of

A bedding manufacturer licenses an interactive pillow-making experience through a stand-alone kiosk. The Dream Machine is a kiosk that creates customized pillows wh... »

Soap that Looks Good Enough to Eat

Art of Soap brings a delicious-looking traditional Turkish product to the U.S. Under the brand name Art of Soap, Maye LLC sells fruit baskets, but they're not fille... »

A Polished Performance

An entrepreneur-inventor comes up with a novel way of applying nail polish—and in the process, develops a new demonstration concept in specialty retail. For the l... »
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