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Philly's Unconventional Startups: A Closer Look


Philly is home to a huge business district that is known nationwide for its extent and professionalism. At the same time, there are unconventional businesses that have made their names over the past few years. These unusual companies have much at stake and much to offer to their clients.

Philly's Unconventional Startups: A Closer Look


Delivery Bakeries

Food delivery has skyrocketed in the past year. In Philly, businesses take it one step further with bakeries that deliver pastries right to the customer's doorstep. They can place orders online and track the items as they arrive at the house. Using a high tech system of heating and cooling, the pastries arrive at the perfect temperature for eating. These goods can include doughnuts, bread, and cakes.


While this is an unconventional business, it has certainly proven to be effective. These businesses charge a minor fee for delivery. Because they do not deliver to far destinations, this surcharge is usually very small in comparison to the main order. Note that only high-end bakeries fall into this category, and there are still many conventional bakeries in Philly.


Middle School Tutoring

High school tutoring services are very common. Slightly more unconventional is middle school tutoring in math, English, and science. These services are offered for stellar students who want to go above and beyond national standards. Starting in middle school, tutors in Philly meet for individual lessons that are followed by homework. This model has spread to other cities in America, but Philly was the original source of this framework.


Academia is very popular in this area, and tutors are very well qualified. Younger and younger students are starting to work with tutors to excel on the PSAT and other standardized tests. Philly lies at the crossroads of many of these exams, so a wide variety of services is available. Regardless of what test a client is studying for, the city has businesses with experienced tutors.


Vape Stores

Vaping is the newest sensation. In Philly, you can find entire stores dedicated to vaping and other practices. In particular, they sell unique vape parts that can serve as temporary replacements for your vaping technology. Many users do not know how to disassemble all of their equipment, but technicians at these businesses can help them do so. These lessons are really important to learn for the long run. Customers can buy individual parts or bulks of them, and either way, self-storage is available in larger containers.


Philly is famous for vaping in public spaces such as trains and the boardwalk. It makes sense that vape stores are all over the place, and they serve anybody looking to add items to their collection. Experts can determine which parts are compatible with a client's device, and if there is a match, the representative will redirect him or her to the appropriate sale. Philly is working hard to eradicate the poor stereotype of vaping and bring it into the limelight.


Urban Recycling Centers

Most recycling centers are located in rural or suburban areas. In Philly, there are many recycling businesses located right in the heart of the city. Using tunnels of underground waste, these centers can exist without polluting the surrounding region. There are not any foul odors that could disrupt the natural flow of society. These recycling centers accept cans, bottles, and newspapers. They exchange materials for money at standard rates.


If clients have massive amounts of recyclables, they can drop these off at enormous bins in the back. This is an unconventional business that serves as a prototype for the future of sustainability. Some of these recycling centers consist of multiple floors for each type of material.


Philly is well known as an innovative city with many unconventional businesses. As discussed, these cover a wide range of disciplines and fields. Due to previous successes, we could see these businesses becoming much more mainstream in the future.



Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.


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