Eric Osowski, a recent University of Colorado graduate, started a rather clever small business in Denver: Deliver-a-Bowl. It's a hookah rental and delivery business. For $15, you get a hookah for a few hours, as well as some quality hookah tobacco. Deliver-a-Bowl comes back later for the hookah.
Back in college, my co-blogger Larry brought home a hookah from a semester abroad in Israel. It was truly awesome. I could tell various stories about our adventures with the hookah, but I don't know if I have permission to reveal them here, so I'll hold off.
Anyway, years later, I bought my own hookah. I still have it, though it has gone unused (thanks to Asbury's ethos statement) for the past few years. With it I have stoked out a small business dream that wafts through my head from time to time:
A combination hookah bar/used bookstore/coffeehouse.
I've been to all three, and they are awesome places individually. I figure that their coolness stacks exponentially, not merely multiplies.
I'll call it The Peavine in reference to a very special place, and locate it in a bohemian district of a southern city. We'd have open mic poetry night, guitarist solos, and radical philosophy discussions. It'd be a little slice of bohemian heaven.