Entrepreneur Profiles

Shaping a New Industry, One Brow at a Time

The founders of Shapes Brow Bar are working day and night to grow a unique niche within the beauty industry-one that's attracting more customers every day. "Within t... »

ZoomShops Flying High in Airports-and Beyond

What's a ZoomShop? It's a sleek, interactive automated retail store that uses cutting-edge technology to attract shoppers' attention, answer their product questions,... »

Retail With a Mission

Boston's Northeastern University School of Technological Entrepreneurship recently studied what drives entrepreneurs to launch new businesses. Nearly two-thirds said... »

All That Glitters… Sells

Eric Andrew finds it hard to describe how he gets his ideas for the one-of-a-kind jewelry he designs, handcrafts and sells through five mall carts. "The designs jus... »

Innovation Fires Up Spa Concepts

When Ajay and Meenakshi Chadha first noticed consumers' skyrocketing interest in stress-relief products about 10 years ago, the couple was actively searching for a n... »

Now Playing: Specialty Retail 2.0

The fact that Webkinz, Club Penguin, Neopets and other innovative companies have made millions by successfully merging brick-and-mortar sales with Web-based social m... »

Partnering for Growth

Sometimes the whole is greater than its parts. That's what a number of specialty retail companies have decided when looking for innovative ways to increase sales and... »

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun at Spa’ Ladi-da!

Billed as "a pampering retreat for girls," Spa' Ladi-da! is a spa designed for girls ages 7 to 14, so naturally hot pink, lime green and other bright colors adorn th... »

Blue Skies Ahead for Airport Wireless

Iris Goldschmidt's vision of the future began to form a decade ago in the middle of a crowded airport. On her way to California to visit her son, she walked through ... »

The Hundred Dollar Business

From the beginning, Carolynn Duncan's business proved that necessity is the mother of invention. When she and a friend, Rachelle Anderson, were laid off from their j... »

Beanbag Bonanza

Baby boomers know the truth to the adage, "Don't throw out your jeans—20 years from now they'll be in style." The same can be said of beanbag furniture. Put a ... »

Canine Gourmet

Colleen Starnadori loves her dog, a golden retriever named Lucy. So much so that Lucy was the spark and guiding light for a pet-focused dog treats company that opene... »

Young Entrepreneurs

Fresh Ideas Two decades ago, when sales from carts and kiosks were just beginning to reach the $1 billion mark—compared to the $10 billion in sales that specia... »

Threads of Success

Dori Starr's retail experience taught her that everything displayed in a store should be for sale, not only because you never know what can sell, but also because, "... »

American Dream

Enthusiastic and always brimming with new ideas, Ramesh Wahi says there is no substitute for hard work and honesty. These attributes "can take you anywhere," says Wa... »
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