Loading
Doesn't the title sound like some fantabulous action packed Hollywood flick? Just hold your breath for some actual action.

The story today has some Tarantino styled motorists, highways and some absolutely winsome business locales.

Small business in America is capturing a space that is not exactly mainstream. Small and medium business enterprises are usually studied in the conventional parameter of a office space, employee strength and turnovers. But what about businesses in unconventional locales that still manage to attract good business despite their small scale of operability?

Now imagine what happens when business meets American motorist culture. This is a phenomena that is much on the rise in small nooks of America.

This roadside business is being redefined slowly. Unlike the conventional small businesses on highway such as gas stations, fast food and essential commodity stores, there are many small businesses that exist on interstate avenues that cater to tourists and wanderers alike. It is a rather small unexplored part of American culture that is not talked about much.

Here are some such small businesses that not only look out-of-the silver screen but actually are doing competitive business in their own small ways.

1. Big Texan Steak Ranch

Located on the I-40 East, this 1960s steak house is legendary. Chosen for a special feature episode of "Man Vs Food", the restaurant hosted the 72-inch steak dinner challenge to be completed in an hour's time. If the patron succeeds they serve free meals otherwise they bear the $72 bill.


2. Mary Lou's Milk Bottle

A hard to miss building on the West Garland Avenue in Washington, they have a Milk Bottle for an exterior facade. Known for their special milkshakes and spot order savories like burgers, fries and ice cream, the restaurant garnered quite some good reviews with Yelp.

3. Haines Shoe House

An absolute offbeat heritage attraction, the house is located on Route 462 near York in Pennslyvania. Built by a shoe salesman Mahlon Haines in 1948 as a high-topped shoe looking structure it was meant to be a getaway for elderly couples. Although it looks like a confining structure from the outside, it actualy spaces three bedrooms, bathrooms, a proper kitchen and living space. After Haines death in 1962, the house was sold after 25 years to be converted as an inhouse museum. It is a tourist attraction today with guided tours for $3 to $4 dollars.


4.Beer Can House

Now this is a rather quirky business. John Milkovisch was a upholsterer who uses his house as a perfect retirement option. How? Well all he did was redesign his house over a 18-year timespan, with drained beer cans that he consumed, close to 50,000 now. The famous Beer Can house is located at Memorial Drive, off Houston. John has opened his house for guided tours priced at $2 to $5 entry fee.

5. National Museum of Funeral History

As savvy as the name sounds, this Houston based museum was started by Robert Waltrip in 1992 to provide an exclusive cadaver-viewing experience to adults and kids alike. Not meant to emulate a horror house concept by any means, Robert's life mission has been to educate people about the diverse history of death care in America. A little offbeat by every means, it's something different still. If you have a heart for this, do check it out for sure.

Small business can flower in any manner. It does not necessarily have to be the in-house types. If you loved these offbeat highway SMBs, let us know by leaving a reply.

To  get updates from the tech world, stay tuned to E-junkie.
Related Posts with Thumbnails

Post a Comment