Retailer helps tweens make their own clothes
Retail / Fashion & beauty
Following in the footsteps of Build-A-Bear workshops, Fashionology LA is a brand-new Beverly Hills store that lets young fashionistas design and make their own clothes.
New no-frills chic hotel chain opens in Amsterdam
Travel & tourism / Style & design
citizenM is targeting travellers who view design as a bare necessity, want rooms that are comfortable and efficient, but can't or don't want to spend hundreds of euros, dollars or pounds a night.
M&M's Faces takes gravanity to another level
Food & beverage
M&M's already offered several options for ordering personalized candy. Now, users can upload photos and have them printed on M&M's, creating tiny edible tributes to themselves or their loved ones.
Limited-edition lingerie, sold online & made to order
Fashion & beauty / Retail
Planned scarcity is a well-known tactic for enhancing a product's appeal, and a German web retailer is taking that strategy to the max with its new collection of strictly limited-edition lingerie.
Wind charges phones at Glastonbury Music Festival
Marketing & advertising / Eco & sustainability / Telecom & mobile
When revellers at this year's Glastonbury Music Festival need to recharge their mobile phones, they'll have a free and green way to do so thanks to a wind-powered charging station set up by Orange.
Health and wellness shop focuses on seniors
Retail / Lifestyle & leisure
Whereas many existing senior-focused merchants tend to focus on disabilities, HOJO offers lifestyle products dedicated to keeping seniors happy, healthy and independent for as long as possible.
Transparency tyranny hits the workplace
Media & publishing / Life hacks
Honest information about salaries and workplaces can be near impossible to find. Taking a "give to get" approach to the problem, Glassdoor is a new site that aims to provide a thorough insider's look.
Taming the clutter of mass-mailing ads
Marketing & advertising / Eco & sustainability
Pubeco sends members a free sticker for their mailbox: "No leaflets, thank you -- I'm viewing them on the internet." Which ensures they don't miss out on local deals, but do help save trees and reduce waste.
(Air) bed sharing for a fee
Tourism & travel
Travellers to distant lands have long had the option of "couch surfing" for free through the likes of couchsurfing.com, but now a paid alternative from AirBed & Breakfast gives hosts an additional incentive.
Voting transparency for individual investors
Financial services / Media & publishing
ProxyDemocracy is a non-profit, non-partisan project that aims to help individual investors get the information they need to produce positive changes in the companies they own a stake in.