Strange Businesses But It’s All Right

There are millions of kinds of small businesses out there serving a wide variety of niche markets. If you can think of it, there’s probably someone who’s making a profit from it.

Whether they’re providing socks that come in threes, cuddle sessions or a mobile wedding chapel, these 10 companies prove that you can be successful running any type of business, even if it isn’t exactly conventional.

Sometimes you need the comfort of another person. There’s nothing like a good hug or a solid cuddle, but what if you don’t have the option of an embracing partner? This is where Cuddle Party comes in.

According to the company’s website, Cuddle Party is a “playful social event designed for adults to explore communication, boundaries, and affection.” These events are safe spaces where attendees can go to meet and talk to new people as well as to practice consent and asking for what they want, and yes, to just cuddle. Cuddling with strangers may sound like a strange concept, but there’s value in their mission to teach boundaries, consent, affection, communication and non-sexual touch. The company, which was founded in 2004, is actually a federally recognized non-profit education organization

A mystery marketplace Interested in something new but aren’t sure of what you want to get? SomethingStore can help. This retailer gives customers who love surprises the opportunity to purchase a brand new (never-used or refurbished) mystery item, or a “something” for $10.

According to the company’s website, “your ‘something’ may be a cool shiny gadget, rare book, party game, handmade necklace, reverse clock, box of gourmet chocolates, portable table tennis set, and so on. Anything goes, so long as it’s legal to trade in the United States and is worth at least $10. The company has sold more than 200,000 somethings since its inception in 2007.

If you’re having trouble getting your message across to someone, you can deliver it in the form of a potato with the help of Potato Parcel

According to the site, you can compose “all kinds of fun messages” in 15 words, including those with more colorful language. The company vets hateful, harmful, or threatening messages and will not process orders with messages that have wording like this, so keep your potato messages fun when using this service. Once you send it, the recipient will be delivered a package containing your Potato Parcel.

Doing the laundry is a part of life, no matter how boring it is. It’s risky, though: Somewhere in the journey from the hamper to the dresser, you could lose one of your favorite socks. And then what?

With Throx, you can reduce the chances of handling another lonely leftover sock. The company helps customers fight the infamous “sock monster” by selling socks in threes, not pairs. That way, when you lose one, you’ve still got a backup sock to keep the other company, so you can keep wearing your favorite pair and doing your laundry worry-free.

Throx’s socks are one-size-fits-all and range in price depending on the design, though most cost around $10.