“You cannot tell me that your business model relies on paying people below the poverty line.”
A woman opens up the world’s first professional (and platonic) cuddling parlor. It’s in Portland, of course.
Back in the fall of 2012, Maggie Hamilton wrote a piece for us about how she felt like she was stuck in a career rut, and that perhaps her dream career would be running some kind of bakery where there were a bunch of cats around to hang out with. Cat cafes are huge in Japan and in some European cities, but food service regulations in the U.S. have made it impossible to have animals around where people consume food. Our American dreams of the cat cafe are constantly being dashed.
DNAinfo has a story about a one-man cleaning service called “Maid Men” which is funny to me because so far the service includes just one man, part-time rapper Chuck Bennet, who says he’s hoping to hire another staffer—likely a woman. “I guess I’d call it Maid Men and Women,” he acknowledges later. Other fun tidbits in the article: Bennet’s mother helps him advertise by making flyers for him, and his cleaning experience includes being part of the staff at the the Hotel Elysee, which was used in the most recent episode of Mad Men. Bennet charges $25 an hour for his services.
There are no Trader Joe’s stores in Canada, but there is a Pirate Joe’s store. Canadian Michael Hallatt loved Trader Joe’s products so much while he was living in San Francisco that he decided he wanted to buy a bunch of products at regular retail value in the U.S. and resell them in Vancouver. He’s now being sued by Trader Joe’s.
To stay in business, some independent bookstores are using sites like Indiegogo to raise money from regulars and neighborhood locals—as much as $60,000 in some campaigns. It’s really great to see that kind of support for small business owners, though probably not sustainable. The Times story mentions Book Court in Brooklyn as one of the indie bookstores that have managed to thrive and expand, though it doesn’t say how it has done so. It should! Those kinds of stories are always worth sharing.