Small Businesses

Studio Visit: Belle Helmets
Danielle Baskin first popped up on our radar as the artist who was painting the easily recognizable (and for those from the Northwest, iconic) PDX airport carpet patterns onto bike helmets. Evidently, she paints a lot more than that (though these...
Gung Ho! Beijing's Sustainable Pizza Shop
It's a difficult task to really stand out in the bustling, globalized metropolis that is China's capital city of Beijing. And—trivial as it may seem—it's no different with pizza. For years, chains like Pizza Hut and Domino's have only multiplied...
FoundersCard Expands
Advertorial content: Creatives, makers and independents all share the same basic desire: the freedom of choice. However, with the mounting pressures of a growing global marketplace, there is an increasing need for designers and artists not only...
The New York Pizza Project
Once synonymous with New York, family-run pizza shops are an endangered species these days as more and more owners are force to shutter their stores to make room for the city’s ubiquitous (and stomach-turning) dollar-a-slice chains. In an effort...
STORY + Shop Small: Home for the Holidays
Advertorial content: One of our favorite NYC retailers STORY is presenting "Home for the Holidays" with the support of Shop Small, the initiative founded by American Express. This holiday shopping experience features products from over 200 small...
Good Girls Go To Paris
Former French teacher Torya Blanchard cashed in her retirement fund to start a crêperie from scratch and bring some French flair to the heart of midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center. Off Woodward Avenue, the space is decorated with her personal collection...
Astro Coffee
Corktown, the oldest neighborhood in Detroit where the Irish found refuge after the potato famine and also home to the abandoned Michigan Central Station (designed by the same architects as New York’s Grand Central Station), is becoming increasingly...
Cool Hunting Video Presents: U-Mini Burger
The second of our videos to premiere at this year's 99u will definitely get you in the mood for lunch. We spoke to the founder of the famous Umami Burger in Los Angeles about his newest experimental venture, the U-Mini Burger. U-Mini takes all the...
Cool Hunting Video Presents: Grady's Cold Brew
When we first discovered Grady's Cold Brew we were delighted to have delicious, cold brewed, New Orleans-style coffee delivered weekly by a seemingly never-ending troupe of handsome young men. Since those early days Grady's has grown, expanding...