The Times's small business blog has begun to document the story of Caroline Scheeler and Joe Vajarsky, a husband and wife team who decided to buy an old-fashioned general store in their small town that had sat vacant for several years and turn it into a new business. They spent a ton of money on gutting and designing the store and now are facing a lot of financial issues.
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.
Here are five common ways for an app developer to make money.
I stopped by the King of Pops stand on the corner of North Avenue and North Highland Avenue in Atlanta, Ga. one weekend to talk with entrepreneur and popsicle-slinger Steven Carse about how he began his now-thriving business.
You may not think that it could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to operate a hot dog cart, but there you have it.
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.
How Dave Wirth started The School of Feedback Guitar, and began offering guitar lessons.
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.
High school friends Yoko Kumano and Kayoko Akabori started Umami Mart as a food blog in 2007 and now have a brick and mortar store in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here's how they got to where they are today.
Meghann Rosales's one-woman nail art business, Nails Y'all, opened in 2011. She first made her name doing pop-up manicure tables at Austin ladies' nights, and opened her own studio in late 2012.
In March, we applied, and somehow finagled our way into an upcoming festival in Cleveland that will happen in May. This is what it cost.
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