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How a Craftsman Turned His Handiwork into a Cutting-Edge Business

He was definitely cut out for this business: Quintin Middleton shows off his chops with high-quality culinary cutware.

Ex-Ballplayers Offer Coffee's Answer to Chew

Two former baseball players throw a curve at the consumer quest for caffeine. From our Business Unusual file.

Savvy Marketing Turns a Hobby into a Successful Business

How the founders of the YOLO Board have glided to the front of the stand-up paddling crowd.

Knowledge on Tap: The Business of a Beer Sommelier

How one beer lover tanked his career in favor of teaching people about his beverage of choice

How a Young Entrepreneur Cobbled Together a Business By Recycling Vinyl into Shoes

Paperfeet is building an eco-friendly business out of discarded billboard materials.

A Roadie Business: Teaching Bus Drivers to the Stars

A Nashville school trains people to get behind the wheel and shuttle rock entertainers to their next gig.

A Waxing Salon Adds Heavy Dose of Style As It Removes Unwanted Hair

A Colorado salon adds a heavy dose of style as it takes away unwanted hair

Eco-Conscious Entrepreneurs Clean Up with a Soap Business

A couple turns restaurants' cooking oil into soap -- and sells it back to the establishments.

A New Yorker Finds Success Teaching People to Make Pizza

Mark Bello perfected the pizza, then built a business teaching pizza-crazed New Yorkers how to do it themselves.

A 21st Century Spin on the Matchmaking Business

Jasbina Ahluwalia is making the ancient tradition of Indian matchmaking a 21st century business.

A Whale of an Idea

How one mammal spawned an entire industry

Get a Whiff of These Walls

Scratch-and-sniff wallpaper is just the beginning for Jon Sherman's fantastically eccentric company, Flavor Paper.

Drinking and Drying

Drybar will style your mane (and pour your champagne) for $35. No wonder business is booming.

Ultimate Flying Machine

Two L.A. entrepreneurs have dreamed up the perfect plane for the weekend aviator.

He's Got the World on a String

A former Wall Street analyst spins his yo-yo passion into a million-dollar-plus business.

Stay Hungry

How Peter D'Amato's strange obsession made him America's biggest dealer of carnivorous plants

Reanimators

Creepy and Eerie, the graphic 1960s horror comic books, were deader than dead--until the Braun twins came along.

An Unlikely Life Aquatic

Russ Allen brings shrimping to a landlocked region.

Business Unusual: Operation Muffintop

Former Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick stitched together a gizmo that turned into a $20 million business.

Business Unusual: Pole Position

Sheila Kelley's S Factor cleans up on dirty dancing.

Business Unusual: The Tailgater in Your Living Room

What if there was a service to match rabid sports fans with home owners across the country?

Business Unusual: Take One Website, Add Stroke of Genius

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs are tapping into the mad enthusiasm of home cooks.

Business Unusual: Work That Skirt!

Steven Villegas fancied a man-skirt. Turns out he wasn't the only one.

Be Efficient With Your Social Networking

Budget your time wisely--or risk being ruled by the internet.
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