Salvor Kiosk is one of my favorite shops. They're about finding beauty in all things ordinary. The products they offer become a travel journal of sorts as the owners travel every few months to a different country and scour the land for cool finds. The items are often very useful, too. A broom and dustpan. A ruler. A stapler. (Shown here are some of the items from Sweden.)
I think the owners are pretty smart too. They designed their business to include a leisure component from their lifestyle: travel. So now travel is a requisite for the business--moving them around the globe in search of goodies. Best of all, I'm sure a good chunk of those travel expenses are now tax deductible too. Isn't that a sweet deal? Personally, I can't think of a job better than this.
The lesson: If you're thinking of launching a new business, think about how you can create a business model that includes activities you love. You should take advantage of this opportunity to design your lifestyle!
PS. I'll be offering a selection of their Japan goods at the Modern Economy sale in September.