This story first appeared in the April 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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SEEN: A local pizzeria adds to its family appeal by putting Trivial Pursuit Cards on every table. (OK, who played TV's Doogie Howser, M.D.?)

HEARD: From a door-to-door salesman, to overcome a knee-jerk rejection: "Sir, before you slam the door on me and go back to watching that Seinfeld rerun . . . ."

SEEN: A kitchen designer sends out a "garage gourmet" survival basket of goodies on the stressful demolition day of a client's remodeling project.

SEEN: A hot teen boutique takes a bunch of tops off hangers and slings them onto hooks, neatly messy, like a kid's closet--the better to make it feel like home.


Jerry Fisher is Entrepreneur's "Ad Wisdom" columnist.