Top 100 cultural trends shaping the West

The ideas, people, places, and things that are making life out here better right now

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Two-wheeled businesses
Photo by Drew Kelly

#39-42: Two-wheeled businesses and the latest in homesteading

Two-wheeled businesses: Imagine delicious restaurant delivery … without the restaurant. Entrepreneurs who do gourmet takeout—i.e., post a Web menu, hop on a bike, all without an actual storefront—are popping up in the West. Our hats (helmets?) are off to them.

39 | Bike Basket Pies, San Francisco (pictured): Every week, the one-woman operation delivers cupcake-size pies all over town.  

40 | SoupCycle, Portland: Sign up for a subscription and choose from three varieties—vegan, veggie, and meat—each week.

41 | Small Cog Coffee, Seattle: There’s nothing better on a foggy morning than this micro roaster’s coffee—except finding a bag of it on your doorstep.

42 | Most worth-it homesteading trend: Rent a goat: Cheaper than a weed whacker, healthier than pesticides, and darn cute to boot, goats chomp through your invasive plants and weeds—from blackberry bushes to stinging nettle—often in a matter of hours. Rent from a farm or grazing service. Lease pairs at in Vernonia, OR, or check for herds. 


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