16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

Here are 16 stores with interesting wares, sleek designs, sales success, or feel good missions. Each is powered by Shopify, a platform for easy ecommerce. Check them out (and get 25% off when you open your own store on Shopify).

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1. The Noun Project

16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

The Noun Project set out to create visual iconography for just about every 'noun' on the planet. The idea was that it would further communication across media platforms and cultures. Today it provides licensing for thousands of icon assets and also grants access to APIs via memberships.

2. Tinkering Monkey

16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

Tinkering Monkey is the online storefront of a creative wooodworking shop in the Bay Area. They've manufactured signs and lamps and novelties but are now creating a new market with wood cashbox stands for iPads running Square Register.

3. Cool Material

16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

Cool Material is an online purveyor of geek gadgets and lifestyle odds and ends. They've integrated social media well (check out this notebook with 3,000 likes) and now over 100,000 people are keeping up with them on Facebook.

4. Chalkd

16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

Chalkd is a New Zealand-based purveyor of whimsical and custom chalkboards. The black and white product imagery looks great in a minimalist template. Chalkboards: They're not just for school anymore!

5. Tattly

16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

Tattly is an ecommerce project from swissmiss designer Tina Roth Eisenberg. There she sells artful temporary tattoos from world class designers. Within seven months of launch, Tattly had shipped 10,000 orders through its Shopify storefront.

6. WeWood

16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

WeWood manufactures and sells wooden watches. They also give back by planting a tree in association with reforesting non-profits for every WeWood watch that is sold.

7. GoldieBlox

16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

GoldieBlox was founded by a Stanford graduate who wants to make toys for the next generation of female engineers. The toys consist of building blocks, bands, and pegs that help grow spatial understanding and problem-solving skills. GoldieBlox has attracted accolades from major media and can now be found in ToysRUs stores.

8. Modko

16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

Modko is the cat litter box of the future! It comes to you via a Shopify storefront that delivers the Brooklyn-designed cat accessories to your doorstep. Their signature, design-minded litter box was launched at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and even won an award.

9. Litter

16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

Litter is what indie ecommerce should be. Launched in 2009 by two sisters, the online store now sells original body jewelry that is made in California. They also pitched their business to investors on Shark Tank and landed funding from retail mogul Daymond John and billionaire Mark Cuban.

10. Studio Neat

16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

Studio Neat sells technology they have made: the Glif mount, the Cosmonaut stylus, a design book, and a time lapse app. Their first product was funded via a Kickstarter project, so they kindly list their 5,237 backers on their about page.

11. Almond

16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

Almond is a surf equipment and apparel shop out of Newport Beach. With their online store, you can easily compare board shapes and types using their surfboard silhouette picker. And they are true to the sport: Surfers + Craftsmen is their group of seasoned surfers who help inform the design and manufacture of their surf equipment.

12. A Book Apart

16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

A Book Apart is the bookstore aisle of web standards site A List Apart. It's a natural ecommerce extension that offers books of all kinds for deeper reading on their web design topics. They show the books on multiple platforms and in analog form to emphasize accessibility.

13. Urban Yoga

16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

Urban Yoga sells a selection of contemporary yoga brands like Manduka and Gaiam to customers in the UK. The shop showcases yoga as a clean, modern activity and without the usual design tropes of other yoga retailers. And they are also focused on selling only the products that matter, stocking as few SKUs as possible.

14. Tanner Goods

16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

Tanner Goods is a Portland-based leatherwork company that is focused on craftsmanship. With their shop, you can sort through beautiful professional photos of everything from their accessories to their rucksacks.

15. Modern Device

16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

Modern Device is your source for boards like Raspberry Pi and Arduino. They have simple photos and straightforward descriptions of everything from the boards themselves to LEDs to sensors.

16. Madsen Cycles

16 Online Stores To Inspire Your Small Business (And 25% Off Shopify)S

Madsen Cycles sells a 'utility bicycle' which they describe as a bike merged with a wheelbarrow. It helps you get around with dogs, kids, groceries, and whatever else in tow. The vehicles are tested for loads up to 600 pounds and are available in a few colorways. The site keeps it simple by showcasing the form factor and necessary specs.

Get 25% Off Shopify

That's it! We hope this gave you a look at some businesses that are doing really interesting things in ecommerce and beyond. They are reaching their customers with interesting products, good design, and a dependable ecommerce platform.

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