The Scoop on Five Innovative Startup Companies

We are constantly on the lookout for innovative companies who are thinking differently, and changing the world. Here are five startup companies we profiled this week in our series "FIVE SCOOP"

1). Grow Anthology Makes Longboard Skateboards from Recycled Paper

Grow Anthology makes longboards from sustainable, eco-friendly material. Their passion comes from modern design, innovative materials, and seeing people stoked on their products. Their skateboards are made in the U.S. from recycled paper called Richlite and are certified by the Rainforest Alliance. They ensure a tree is planted for each board sold to have a physical representation of what they are all about. Read the FIVE SCOOP here.

2). Juniper Ridge is the world's only wild fragrance company

Despite claims of orchid this and ambergris that, most fragrances are petroleum-based and synthetic—they chemically manufacture things that try to smell as close to real as possible. But Juniper Ridge makes real, place-based fragrances—the kind that comes from plants, trees, moss, and bark—the type that rearranges your insides and transports you to the stillness of the outdoors. Check out Juniper Ridge here.

3). Capital Eyewear Handmade of Wood

There are certain items we expect to be made of wood—furniture, floorboards, cutting-boards. Then there are items that sometimes are made of wood—boats, skateboards, and ladders. And then there are the rare wooden items—like bicycles, bowties and eyewear. Capital Eyewear handcrafts eyeglass frames from wood. Read the FIVE SCOOP here.

4). The August Smart Lock. Chocked Full of Everything

The August Smart Lock is a new lock and access system that allows you to send a virtual key to anyone you choose to have access to your home. From the innovative mind of designer Yves Behar and serial entrepreneur Jason Johnson who seem to have thought of virtually everything in creating this new product. Check it out.


5). Storefront Makes it Easy to Launch Pop-Up Shops

A new company called Storefront makes it easy for brands to launch pop-up shops. The popularity of pop-up stores has shown a path to breaking the long-term lease obstacle to starting an offline retail store. Still, a lot of friction remains in opening a store. From searching for space, to negotiating the agreements to finding the right fixtures and signage needed to set up a store, there are still countless hurdles to overcome. Storefront helps.



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