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Creative franchise concepts are just a slice of life in the Big Apple.

This story appears in the December 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

New York City is home to many innovative trends and delights. But many Big Apple-based businesses have embraced the same concept: franchising. Here are a few businesses that are dreaming big and opening up their concepts to the public--and franchisees who want to get in on the ground floor.


New Yorkers work hard and play hard, but even they need to recharge in the middle of the day. MetroNaps homed in on that need and introduced its first location in the center of all the action--the Empire State Building. There sleeping pods lure consumers with a 20-minute nap. Founded in 2003 by Arshad Chowdhury and Christopher Lindholst, the business announced franchising opportunities earlier this year. As this concept catches on, nodding off in the middle of the day may become the cool thing to do, rather than something to hide.

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