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Top 100 Business Ideas in 2018

From eCommerce Delivery Keys to Zero Waste Pop-Up Shops

— January 27, 2018 — Business
As the 2018 business trends reveal, the lines between the online and offline world continue to blur. With consumers demanding the convenience of eCommerce and the tactile experience of in-store shopping, there have been a number of recent efforts to provide consumers with the best of both worlds.

One way that online retailers are taking their brands offline is by creating retail spaces that are more focused on the experiential side of shopping that is absent from eCommerce. For instance, the Indian furniture brand Pepperfry recently opened a series of retail showrooms that are staffed by interior designers instead of salesmen. Similarly, the online haircare brand Madison Reed opened up a full-service salon and beauty boutique where consumers can actually test out the products they might buy online.
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AR eCommerce Previews
AR eCommerce Previews
Amazon's 'AR View' Enables Shoppers to Preview Products in Their Home
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99
eCommerce Delivery Keys
eCommerce Delivery Keys
Amazon Key Offers Prime Members the Option to Have Packages Left Indoors
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98
In-House Nail Polish Brands
In-House Nail Polish Brands
Target’s Defy & Inspire Nail Polish Line Features a Wide Range of Hues
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97
Streamlined Shipping Platforms
Streamlined Shipping Platforms
This Integrated Service Lets Sellers Streamline Payments & Shipping
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96
Start-Up Advertising Partnerships
Start-Up Advertising Partnerships
Buzzfeed's 'Launch' Plans to Partner with Four Start-ups a Year
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95
Versatile Private Label Brands
Versatile Private Label Brands
'A New Day' is a Women's Brand From Target
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94
eCommerce Rewards Programs
eCommerce Rewards Programs
Hilton Honors Members May Now Shop with Their Accrued Points on Amazon
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93
On-Campus eCommerce Solutions
On-Campus eCommerce Solutions
Amazon is Installing Physical Pickup Points on College Campuses
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92
In-Store Assembly Service Kiosks
In-Store Assembly Service Kiosks
IKEA Offers Stations Where Shoppers May Book an 'Airtasker'
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91
In-Store Product-Detecting Apps
In-Store Product-Detecting Apps
Target's App Will Direct a Shopper to a Product Via an Indoor Map
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90
eCommerce In-Store Payments
eCommerce In-Store Payments
Amazon Pay Lets People Purchase From Stores with Their Amazon Accounts
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89
Chef-Driven Neighborhood Restaurants
Chef-Driven Neighborhood Restaurants
Marcus B&P Brings Chef Marcus Samuelsson's Dishes to Newark
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88
Physical Online Thrift Shops
Physical Online Thrift Shops
eCommerce Startup thredUP is Opening Physical Retail Locations
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87
Exclusive eCommerce Face Masks
Exclusive eCommerce Face Masks
The OUiGLO Rich Collagen Face Mask is Unique to Amazon Beauty
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86
Efficiency-Enhancing Business Platforms
Efficiency-Enhancing Business Platforms
SaaS Startup Knack Improves Business Productivity
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85
Text-Based Shopping Services
Text-Based Shopping Services
PopSugar's 'Must Have It' Enables Consumers to Shop by Texting "Yes"
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84
Exclusive eCommerce Kidswear
Exclusive eCommerce Kidswear
'Simple Joys by Carter's' Was Created Just for Amazon Prime
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83
eCommerce Beauty Advent Calendars
eCommerce Beauty Advent Calendars
The Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar Contains Top-Selling Products
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82
eCommerce Try-On Services
eCommerce Try-On Services
ASOS is Offering an In-App Try-Before-You-Buy Feature with Klarna
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81
Offline Beauty Boutiques
Offline Beauty Boutiques
The eCommerce Beauty Platform Nykaa is Opening 30 Brick-and-Mortar Stores
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80
In-Store Pickup Stations
In-Store Pickup Stations
Wal-Mart is Now Piloting a Self-Dispensing Tower for In-Store Pickups
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79
Private Label E-commerce Sites
Private Label E-commerce Sites
BJ's Wholesale Club Has Created Dedicated Sites for Private Labels
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78
Novel Menswear Brands
Novel Menswear Brands
'Goodfellow & Co.' is Target's First Ever Menswear Private Label
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77
Luxury Resale Sites
Luxury Resale Sites
Rebagg is an Online Second Market for Luxury Goods
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76
Store Brand Activewear Lines
Store Brand Activewear Lines
Target's New JoyLab Line Feature Chic & Affordable Gym Clothes
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75
Facial-Recognition Cafe Loyalty Programs
Facial-Recognition Cafe Loyalty Programs
Bahista Cafe Rewards Customers With the Help of Tech
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74
eCommerce Wellness Shops
eCommerce Wellness Shops
Online Retailer 'Well.ca' Launched a Brick-and-Mortar Shop
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73
Physical eCommerce Fitting Rooms
Physical eCommerce Fitting Rooms
The JOOOS Fitting Rooms Connect Online and Offline Retail
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72
eCommerce Grocer Acquisitions
eCommerce Grocer Acquisitions
Amazon's Acquisition of Whole Foods Has Already Seen Big Results
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71
eCommerce-Exclusive Activewear
eCommerce-Exclusive Activewear
Amazon Launched a Variety of Private-Label Sportswear Brands
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70
Female-Focused Entrepreneurial Subscriptions
Female-Focused Entrepreneurial Subscriptions
The 'Leader Ship Box' is Made for Professional Women
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69
Global eCommerce Shipping Solutions
Global eCommerce Shipping Solutions
'Easyship' Offers Discounted Rates and More for Sellers
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68
In-Store Beverage Boutiques
In-Store Beverage Boutiques
This New Concept Target Store Boasts a Wine and Beer Shop
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67
Experiential Furniture Studios
Experiential Furniture Studios
Pepperfry is Changing the Way Consumers Shop for Furniture in India
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66
Online Beauty Boutiques
Online Beauty Boutiques
The Online Retailer Madison Reed Opened Its First Physical Store in NYC
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65
Startup-Focused Fashion Pop-Ups
Startup-Focused Fashion Pop-Ups
The Heroes Pop-Up Offers Small Brands Competing Against Big Names
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64
Stress-Relieving Interior Design Firms
Stress-Relieving Interior Design Firms
Icrave Creates Relaxing Spaces in Stressful Environments
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63
Plus-Sized Lingerie Collections
Plus-Sized Lingerie Collections
Viva Voluptuous Offers an Array of Sizes for Consumers
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62
Fashion Lifestyle Retailers
Fashion Lifestyle Retailers
H&M is Set to Launch the New Retailer Arket in Late Summer in London
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61
Female-Funded Investment Firms
Female-Funded Investment Firms
'Female Funders' is a Platform Helping Women Pursue Angel Investing
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60
Retail-Focused Smart Streets
Retail-Focused Smart Streets
London's Intelligent Bird Street Features Pedestrian-Powered Retail
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59
Dock-Free Bike-Sharing Systems
Dock-Free Bike-Sharing Systems
bluegogo Lets Riders Share Bikes Without Having to Deposit Them
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58
Concert-Ready Retail Stores
Concert-Ready Retail Stores
This New Dr. Martens Store Boasts an Interactive Space for Gigs
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57
Redesigned Disney Stores
Redesigned Disney Stores
The New Disney Stores Connects Consumers to the Theme Park Experience
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56
B2B Co-Working Spaces
B2B Co-Working Spaces
Unilever Foundry's 'Level3' is a New Co-Working Space in Singapore
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55
Millennial-Targeting Furniture Collections
Millennial-Targeting Furniture Collections
IKEA's SPRIDD Was Creared for Nomadic Lifestyles
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54
Hand-Drip Tea Cafes
Hand-Drip Tea Cafes
The Tokyo Saryo Tea Cafe Offers Specialty Tea Varieties for Connoisseurs
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53
Pop-Up Dessert Trucks
Pop-Up Dessert Trucks
The Nutella Food Truck Will Travel Around Australia this Winter
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52
Minimalist In-Store Promotions
Minimalist In-Store Promotions
Target's Minimalist Redesign Eliminates Its Promotional Signage
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51
In-Store Makeup Stations
In-Store Makeup Stations
Make Up For Ever's New Flagship Store Features Go Pro Make Up Stations
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50
Experiential Tech Stores
Experiential Tech Stores
Toronto Will Become the Home of the Next Samsung Experience Store
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49
Virtual Reality Arcades
Virtual Reality Arcades
'Ctrl V' Uses Virtual Reality Technology for a New Kind of Arcade
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48
Inclusive eCommerce Retail Brands
Inclusive eCommerce Retail Brands
Fashion Retailer Addition Elle Launches a US eCommerce Website
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47
Waste-Reduction Cafes
Waste-Reduction Cafes
Handsome Her Features a Wall with Dozens of Mugs to Take To-Go
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46
Fitness-Fused Retail Stores
Fitness-Fused Retail Stores
'Runner Camp' Fuses Fitness with Retail in Shanghai
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45
Socially Conscious Lifestyle Subscriptions
Socially Conscious Lifestyle Subscriptions
Love Goodly Offers Eco-Friendly Products Monthly
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44
Color-Changing Business Cards
Color-Changing Business Cards
Réka Neszmélyi's Cards Are Constantly Transforming Their Appearance
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43
Futuristic Foodie Pop-Ups
Futuristic Foodie Pop-Ups
Jet.com's Fresh Story Pop-Up Sold Futuristic Food & Cooking Accessories
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42
Experiential Lifestyle Stores
Experiential Lifestyle Stores
Beijing's Artemis Boutique Combines Food, Apparel and Events
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41
Pure Beauty Boutiques
Pure Beauty Boutiques
'The Detox Market' Sells All-Natural Health, Wellness, and Beauty Products
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40
Virtual Reality Nail Salons
Virtual Reality Nail Salons
WAH London's New Flagship Incorporates Tech into Its Business Model
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39
Offbeat Coffee Shops
Offbeat Coffee Shops
'coffix' is a Quirky, Colorful Cafe in Athens, Greece with Unusual Decor
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38
Luxurious Fitness Supplements
Luxurious Fitness Supplements
The KIN Range Was Created by Two Renowned Fitness Gurus
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37
Transactional Smart Mirrors
Transactional Smart Mirrors
Oak Labs' Retail Mirrors Can Be Used to View and Pay for Products
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36
Emotion-Powered Pop-Up Shops
Emotion-Powered Pop-Up Shops
This eBay Pop-Up Used Facial Expressions to Help Shoppers Find Gifts
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35
Zero Waste Grocery Stores
Zero Waste Grocery Stores
Ottawa's 'NU Grocery' Creates Absolutely No Packaging Waste
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34
Pop Star-Designed Makeup Collections
Pop Star-Designed Makeup Collections
Rihanna's Fenty Beauty Collection Reveals Diverse Shades
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33
Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Stores
Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Stores
Toronto's 'EcoExistence' Sells Products That are Good for the Planet
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32
On-Demand Urban Workspaces
On-Demand Urban Workspaces
Breather Provides a Network of Professional Meeting Rooms On-Demand
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31
Social Media-Inspired Terrarium Shops
Social Media-Inspired Terrarium Shops
'London Terrariums' Store Was Inspired by an Instagram Post
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30
Sustainable High-End Grocers
Sustainable High-End Grocers
Fukushimaya Supermarket Was Made from ZAM Pipes and Wine Crates
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29
Virtual Reality Shopping Centers
Virtual Reality Shopping Centers
Alibaba Buy+ is a Virtual Mall Showcasing the Company's Products
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28
Chromatic Supermarket Merchandising
Chromatic Supermarket Merchandising
Cologne's Solera Store Boasts Highlighter-Hued Retail Displays
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27
Geological Food Shops
Geological Food Shops
The Usaginonedoko Cafe Creates Food Inspired by Rocks and Minerals
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26
Shopper-Friendly Retail Stores
Shopper-Friendly Retail Stores
This Target Store Design Reimagines the Shopper Experience
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25
Yoga Store Coffee Bars
Yoga Store Coffee Bars
The Neat Café is Located Inside lululemon’s European Flagship Store
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24
Beachside Bar Activations
Beachside Bar Activations
'Bomboras' is a Temporary Beachside Bar in Torquay, Australia
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23
Bikini Uniform Coffee Shops
Bikini Uniform Coffee Shops
The Bikini Beans Espresso Coffee Shops Boast Baristas in Swimwear
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22
Sneakerhead Subscription Boxes
Sneakerhead Subscription Boxes
Sneakerbox Supplies Accessories for the Sneaker Connoisseur
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21
Intimacy Product Subscription Services
Intimacy Product Subscription Services
'Maude' Offers Sex Essentials Direct-to-Consumer
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20
Millennial eCommerce Furniture
Millennial eCommerce Furniture
Amazon Rivet Introduces Midcentury Modern Furniture for Millennials
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19
Design-Forward Concept Stores
Design-Forward Concept Stores
Mumbai's 'Whishbox' Store Combines Art and Retail in One Space
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18
Grocery Vending Machines
Grocery Vending Machines
Walmart Has Implimented a Giant Grocery-Dispensing Self-Serve Kiosk
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17
Mobile Shipping Container Boutiques
Mobile Shipping Container Boutiques
The Garnet Hill Shop is Housed in an Old Shipping Container
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16
Coffee Shop Design Studios
Coffee Shop Design Studios
artlessinc's Office is a Cafe and Branding Studio Hybrid
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15
Ready-Made Lunch Jars
Ready-Made Lunch Jars
TYME is a New Fast Food Company That Sells Meals in Jar Packaging
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14
Glamorous eCommerce Flagships
Glamorous eCommerce Flagships
Missguided's New Flagship is the eTailer's First Standalone Store
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13
Furniture Brand Pop-Up Shops
Furniture Brand Pop-Up Shops
Toronto's IKEA Play Café is an Immersive Retail Experience
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12
Fast Food Salad Shops
Fast Food Salad Shops
KFC's K Pro is a Healthy Remix on the Famous Fast Food Restaurant
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11
Autonomous Fast Food Trucks
Autonomous Fast Food Trucks
The 'Culinary Coach' Food Truck Concept is Designed for Quick Service
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10
Mobile Cafe Concepts
Mobile Cafe Concepts
The Wheelys Mini is a Full-Service Cafe on Wheels
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9
All-Day Nap Bars
All-Day Nap Bars
'Siesta & Go' Rents Beds and Rooms for Catching Up on Sleep
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8
Zero Waste Pop-Up Shops
Zero Waste Pop-Up Shops
NYC's Package Free Shop Offers Products That Minimize Waste
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7
Urban Fitness Brand Popups
Urban Fitness Brand Popups
The Nike + Run Club Shanghai Popup is Interactive and Futuristic
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6
Celebrity Swimwear Collections
Celebrity Swimwear Collections
This 'Kendall + Kylie' Swimwear Line Features an 80s Aesthetic
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5
Foodie-Focused Meal Brands
Foodie-Focused Meal Brands
'Simply Good' Offers Quality Food That Makes for Easy Cooking
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4
Contemporary Family Butcher Shops
Contemporary Family Butcher Shops
'Provenance Butcher' is Bringing Artisan Meats to Lons
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3
High-Tech Concept Cafes
High-Tech Concept Cafes
'The New Black' in London is a High-Tech Cafe Oriented at Businesspeople
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2
Two-Story Shipping Container Cafes
Two-Story Shipping Container Cafes
The Spout Coffee Company is Made Up of Two Shipping Containers
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1
Open-Concept Coffee Shops
Open-Concept Coffee Shops
'Capriole Café' Features Roastery Equipment Out in the Open
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