If the world at large is full of oddities (and trust me, it is), the small business world is certainly no exception. Sprinkled among the dime-a-dozen coffee shops and clothing retailers are all sorts of strange and unlikely niche businesses.
Here's my favorite:
Ardon's Shaver Service, located in midtown Eugene, Oregon, between the Suds 'Em Yourself dog wash and a mortuary, has been in business for 30 years. They focus, apparently, on repairing a single commodity item that lasts for years and costs maybe $75 to replace, and they've apparently been doing this with enough success to continue doing it for decades now.
Perhaps there's more a business here that I would think: a quick Google search for "shaver service" finds ElectricShaver.com (in business since 1939), the Shaver Service Center of Austin, A-1 Appliance & Shaver Service in Raleigh, and lots more. Maybe it's time to add a shaver service business plan to our free samples.
Got your own favorite example of an unlikely business to share? Let us hear about it in the comments.
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Palo Alto Software