Turnkeys, Franchises and Start-ups

Canine Care

Two brothers groom a love of dogs into a profitable franchise. Growing up in Scotch Plains, NJ, brothers Steven and Jason Parker always dreamed of getting a dog for... »

This Ice Cream’s Hot!

Sloan’s launches franchising effort to expand nationally. If the bold flavors and brightly colored décor is any indication, Sloan’s ice cream shop is definitel... »

Fun in the Sun

With flexible packages and low start-up fees, this franchise capitalizes on the joy of playing in the sand. Lonnie Helgerson says the experience his franchise, Isla... »

Cupcake Craze

Wildly popular cupcake stores have owners launch franchise operations. It was in 2007 that Penny and her husband, Dan Lessa, were selling real estate when the marke... »

17th Annual Guide to Cart & Kiosk Startup Packages

The annual guide to hundreds of products tailored for your specialty retail business. Meet Kendal Netmaker. Months ago, he had a germ of an idea and figured a cart ... »

Diary of a Startup: Neechie Gear

Kendal Netmaker’s Neechie Gear is proof positive that a cart is a perfect incubator for a retail business. The successful specialty retailer made the transition fr... »

Brewing Bubbles

Boba tea franchise opportunities are bubbling up. For now, boba or bubble tea can mostly be found in cities and in Chinatown neighborhoods. The drink is still relat... »

Finding and Funding a Franchise

Looking to expand your specialty retail business? A franchise might just be the right fit for you. A franchise can take a retail business to the next level or add a... »

Sweet Spot

The Sweet Tooth Fairy extends bakery magic to franchises. Megan Faulkner Brown has always loved to bake. “Some of my earliest memories are baking with my mom and ... »

Frosty Fun

Frozen yogurt chain looks to keep growth live and active. With 160 locations and more than 200 new locations being built this year, Los Angeles-based Menchie’s is... »

Specialty Retail Report’s 16th Annual Guide to Cart & Kiosk Startup Packages

The annual guide to hundreds of products tailored for your specialty retail business. We have the numbers to prove it. The slow economy might be a drag on some sect... »

The Right Fit

A self-serve machine dispenses essential clothes and accessories when needed most. It was at Harvard Business School, as part of a class project, that Gina Moro cre... »

Refills on the Run

A new self-serve concept gives customers fast access to refills of popular prescription drugs. Imagine being able to get prescriptions refilled through an automated... »

Keeping Cyclists Pumped

Bike Fixtation, a self-serve kiosk for cyclists, rolls out first unit. Chad DeBaker and Alex Anderson are hitting the road—make that bike path—with a new kiosk t... »

Look Who’s Popping

A natural popcorn franchise pursues an aggressive mall expansion strategy. When Rob Israel first tasted kettle corn in Colorado, he never expected that one day he'... »
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