Now the largest travel-guide company in the world with more than 100 million of their acclaimed travel guides printed in nine different languages, Lonely Planet started as a humble, two-person enterprise. Their first run of books was limited to just 1,500 copies of Across Asia on the Cheap, written by founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler after their low-budget pan-Asian honeymoon and stapled together in their kitchen.
The attention to detail they pored into that first volume—which made use of personal experiences to lend the guide more credibility—has since become the hallmark of the series, granting readers the confidence needed to navigate foreign locales. The insider knowledge on accommodations, sights, and language set out in each guide is written and re-checked regularly by Lonely Planet’s dedicated team of more than 200 authors, who are constantly crisscrossing the globe in search of new points of interest and the best hotel beds for jumping on. Currently, their work amounts to 500 titles, covering both micro and macro views of 195 different countries, the intricacies of major cities, and primers on local language and cuisine.
Nominated by Mashable readers in 2011 as one of the year’s best music apps, FIT Radio stands out from other smartphone jukeboxes with its huge selection of professional DJ-curated custom playlists. Each playlist is made with workout motivation in mind, boasting a high number of beats per minute (BPM), seamless transitions between songs, and genres ranging from rock to hip-hop to indie. The playlists stream through speakers and headphones non-stop using FIT Radio’s app, which sorts the playlists by genre and BPM, simplifying the process of picking music that best suits a specific running pace or workout intensity. Users are also able to customize the app based on their music preferences, and also have the opportunity to share their favorite mixes and artists using social meda.
As renowned veterinarian and Good Morning America contributor Dr. Marty Becker perused the thousands of new products at the 2011 Global Pet Expo, the innovative SmartTag Pet ID instantly became one of his favourites. Dreamed up by the pet-loving masterminds at LittleGifts, the SmartTag system engraves handsome brass and aluminum tags with a beloved pet's name and contact numbers before storing the information online alongside the animal's pictures. Should Fido wander off, owners can contact a 24-hour emergency centre, which immediately broadcasts the pet's information to local animal shelters, rescue groups, and vets. The SmartTag website updates regularly with lists of found cats, dogs, and lobsters dressed in convincing dog costumes.
The team at Prep Sportswear outfits fans in the proper colors with the help of its expansive library of designs, which houses imagery from one million schools, universities, sports teams, Greek organizations, and branches of the United States military. In addition to most well-known college teams, the shop prints gear for smaller universities as well as many elementary and high schools.
Customers begin by searching the site’s database for their school, college, or team of choice, then scroll through that team’s web page to see available T-shirts, hoodies, and accessories. The results, available in both kids' and adult sizes, keep fans stylish and comfortable with materials including lightweight cotton, warming sweats, or workout-friendly Dry-Excel polyester, ideal for games of underwater badminton. Items can also be personalized with names and graduation years.
Since 1997, King's Music has served as a hotspot for budding and established musicians, offering rentals, repairs, and equipment. The shop offers a variety of brass- and wind-instrument rentals for school students taking band, and also buys and sells used instruments. They also hold a large selection of sheet music ranging from movie themes, to jazz, to essential rock, and also carry a plethora of accessories and instruments such as guitars and drums.