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TOP 10: "I wish they were a public stock" Companies

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April 13, 2010 – Comments (24)

Varchild's TOP 10 "I wish they were a public stock" Companies:

10)  CHICKEN SHACK:  
http://www.chickenshack.com/

Why?  Great Tasting Food and they are a VERY VERY Small Cap company compared to KFC.  
Don't we all love to buy shares of the tinier company that has faster growth?

Chicken Shacks can be found only in Michigan I believe.... They have been operating for more than 50 years. 

9) College Hunks Hauling Junk http://www.1800junkusa.com/franchise
 
Ok.. Don't Laugh...  But considering that I have a 100lb. Television that needs hauling and I can't lift it 1 single inch much less get it onto a dolly...and even if I did get the thing onto a dolly i'd have to some how bound it down a flight of stairs in my multi-storied apartment complex....  No Thanks!!!!!

Since I can't think of who else would get the job done....other than these guys....  then heck...no wonder this company is considered to be one of the fastest growing companies in America operating in nearly 20 different States in the U.S.A.

Since a portion of revenue is donated to College Scholarships it is a tough call to decide if they are a Small Cap company or a Mid-Cap.

8) Lewis Galoob Toys inc.       www.hasbro.com

Wait Wait hear me out... I am not an idiot on this one...  Hasbro bought them.... 
So.... The reason I list em here is because Hasbro COULD spin-off Galoob and make directly investing into the company that created the GAME GENIE as well as Pound Puppies, Star Wars Action Fleet, and Micro Machines possible.

Large Cap.... even without Hasbro.... They'd be a Large Cap business easy.

7)  Bethesda Softworks   http://www.bethsoft.com/

Since their parent company "Zenimax Media Company" is not investable.... There isn't even an indirect way to buy shares of a game company that litterally created the most popular and beloved Single Player, PC Computer Role Playing Game Franchise ever....

How can I possibly put words to the wonderment of owning shares of the ELDER SCROLLS Series developers???  Nevermind FALLOUT 3......  Feast your eyes on "ELDER SCROLLS ARENA" where it all began.... Oh and don't mention the dreaded "Battlespire" that no one bought or played.

P.S.  Remember the out-of-the-box bug in the game DAGGERFALL which litterally made the game impossible to beat?    They had to quickly issue a patch to the game just to make it possible to win cause one of the early Main Story Quests had a timelimit to complete it that was ridiculous.

But I digress!

6)  ANDROID          www.android.com

This is what start it all for the GOOGLE Phone...  Without them there would be no GOOGLE phone.  They made the operating system....  LucasFilm's DROID would not be possible if it weren't for Android offering their licensed operating system to them.

Hmm.... Which brings me to.....you guessed it....

5)  LucasFilm Inc.    http://www.lucasfilm.com/inside/

Do I need an explanation here?  Just drool over their website and read the rest of this list.
I want to buy 1,000 shares of YODA....Please....Please....pretty...Please!!!

4)  Wide Open West http://www1.wowway.com/

This is a rather small Cable Company operating in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana since 1996.

The main reason that separates WOW from a COMCAST is simple...
CUSTOMER SERVICE is #1!    It is why I am willing to pay extra to remain a WOW customer.

3) PKSA Karate http://pksa.org/

Uhm only list this because seriously... a DOJO company with multiple franchises throughout Michigan, California, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and a fast fast growing franchise DOJO company at that....  Wouldn't it just be kinda weird but still cool to be investing in something as different as this?

I buy FSLR  Solar Panels!!!!!!          Oh yea???    I own shares of a Karate Dojo!!!  They can Karate Chop your Solar Panels into thousands of pieces... so there!!!

Of course... There may be many other Franchise style DOJO Company's out there but I haven't seen them.  This stuff still seems rather NEW-ish to me.    Obviously....  Owning your own DOJO instead of FRANCHISING has its own advantages versus agreeing to do a Franchise DOJO.

Martial Arts instructors that don't like to join with the PKSA Franchise approach say that they charge too much money and it is tougher to earn money as a franchise versus as a DOJO owner.

But.... There's strength in numbers and the potential to start having Martial Arts Companies appear as Public Tradeable Stock Businesses can't happen if DOJO centers don't franchise. 

2)  Cold Stone Creamery   http://www.coldstonecreamery.com/

Technically you CAN invest a little bit into this company by buying shares of their current partner (RMCF) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.  Cold Stone agreed to partner with RMCF to do Co-Branded Stores in some locations.

But, ultimately, it is Spring/Summer time here and an ICE CREAM franchise has to make it to the top of the list!   But not necessarilly #1.

So.....  Drum Roll.....   #1 most wanted "I wish they were a public stock" company is......

1) ZILDJIAN    http://www.zildjian.com/EN-US/home.ad2

That's right!!  Surprised???   They make Cymbols... and I vault them way above YODA...

Why?   Cause this is what I consider to not just be the #1 in quality Cymbol developer but a company with tons and tons of charm....  From their iPhone App:  Hit Hard!

http://www.zildjian.com/en-US/news/newsDetail.ad2?newsID=1986

Where you can bang on the Drums to try to mimick Aerosmith's Drummer Joey Kramer or play Freestyle Drums on your phone...   What's not to love about that?  Hey.. It is charm we are after here!

ZILDJIAN participates in indie band events such as SXSW (South By South West) and they regularly feature Artists on their website as they are visited by them frequently...

They go around College Campuses and host various events.... They even have events in Asia...
ZILDJIAN is bringing Drumming to the entire World right now!

Sorry....  I'm was a Percussionist / Drummer and once a Drummer....always a drummer...
Go ZILDJIAN!!!  File those SEC Papers today for NASDAQ listing!

24 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On April 13, 2010 at 8:25 PM, whereaminow (34.29) wrote:

My number 1?  The Federal Reserve.

David in Qatar

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#2) On April 13, 2010 at 8:37 PM, Seano67 (78.13) wrote:

What is Cold Stone Creamery's relationship with Tim Horton's? Up here in Maine, I've noticed they've begun sharing space underneath a single rooftop, and with the Tim's employees working the Cold Stone part of the operation as well. So I was curious whether they had some kind of operating agreement or partnership in effect. And I believe that Tim Horton's is owned by Wendy's, although I'm not 100% certain on that.

Dunkin Donuts is also a privately held corporation, I believe. That'd probably be another pretty good bet, as they are literally sprouting up like weeds all over the place, so they must be doing something right. 

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#3) On April 13, 2010 at 9:45 PM, brianc410 (< 20) wrote:

Trader Joes

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#4) On April 13, 2010 at 9:49 PM, TheDumbMoney (38.90) wrote:

Hyundai

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#5) On April 13, 2010 at 10:00 PM, Varchild2008 (83.61) wrote:

Thanks all very good possibilities for a top 10 list definitely.

But I thought everyone hated the Auto Sector? 

Err wait.... that's was just TMF Ditty and Valuemoney who hate the sector.

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#6) On April 13, 2010 at 10:56 PM, ShadowEquities (23.49) wrote:

Tijuana Flats! 

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#7) On April 13, 2010 at 11:04 PM, lywang1 (< 20) wrote:

Trader Joes and I wish H&M was a ticker here in the states.

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#8) On April 13, 2010 at 11:08 PM, Dintaurran (< 20) wrote:

Bose Audio and Bells Brewery

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#9) On April 13, 2010 at 11:33 PM, TMFRosetint (99.02) wrote:

Publix. Well, I actually could buy shares in that company if I wanted to. I'd just have to pay an arm and a leg for them, as they trade rarely and very expensively.

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#10) On April 13, 2010 at 11:55 PM, stocki711 (98.79) wrote:

Wegmans. I would pay an arm and a leg if I could.

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#11) On April 14, 2010 at 12:57 AM, nognielsen (< 20) wrote:

Chick-fila

 

That place is always busy, and I love that food...

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#12) On April 14, 2010 at 1:59 AM, tomfoolme (< 20) wrote:

harbor freight

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#13) On April 14, 2010 at 2:41 AM, BuffetsMentor (23.65) wrote:

really? no mention of facebook?

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#14) On April 14, 2010 at 6:47 AM, KenJoshTracker (< 20) wrote:

I'd buy stock in Tom Izzo. 

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#15) On April 14, 2010 at 11:28 AM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

YKK zippers. They are closely held.

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#16) On April 14, 2010 at 11:42 AM, DJDynamicNC (36.18) wrote:

Wegmans for me, too.

And Tesla Motors.

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#17) On April 14, 2010 at 12:36 PM, lemoneater (79.16) wrote:

IKEA when it comes to design, convenience and pricing--they leave other furniture stores in the dust. Besides where else can you eat such delicious swedish meatballs so reasonably priced.

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#18) On April 14, 2010 at 12:49 PM, Varchild2008 (83.61) wrote:

"really? no mention of facebook?"

Sorry for the omission on that and many others...
It's my top 10 list not yours and I hate facebook imho.

The actual intent here was to see if I can find some off the wall companies no one has heard of..... or find some sectors of the economy that simply do not even EXIST on any stock exchange.

Right now teaching of martial arts doesn't exist.

Medifast does some health based training programs...so that there is that.... 

There really isn't anything like "haul your junk" company either.

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#19) On April 14, 2010 at 12:55 PM, MSemi (< 20) wrote:

Wawa

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#20) On April 14, 2010 at 2:08 PM, JakilaTheHun (99.94) wrote:

I love the Elder Scrolls series.  Daggerfall is still my favorite game of all-time.  I don't think I got bored with it till after playing it for nearly 5 years --- that's quite a shelf-life.

As to companies I wish were publicly traded --- Wegmans. 

Wegmans is so good, they might be able to drive a Wal-Mart Supercenter or two out of business, if they were really aggressive.  

Trader Joe's/Aldi is also a good one.  I shop there all the time.

 

Someone mentioned Hyundai, but it is already publicly traded --- just not on a major US exchange.  

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#21) On April 15, 2010 at 7:58 PM, instaboxx (37.01) wrote:

I'd go with pokerstars.  They must be raking it in. 

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#22) On April 19, 2010 at 12:25 PM, Griffin416 (99.98) wrote:

Are you kidding me, 21 comments and no mention of the UFC? They are very profitable and are growing like mad. The events are getting closer all the time, they are an advertising board for everything from videogames the harleys and the are putting up shows in other countries to get them interested too.

How about Subway, one of the best and highly profitble fast food places around.

Lastly, going back in time, I wished Snapple was separated from Cadbury early on. Now its DPS but Dr.pepper a brand not really growing is in it. I saw the explosive growth early. 

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#23) On April 19, 2010 at 12:28 PM, ChannelDunlap (< 20) wrote:

Any of the poker sites would be cool.  But my #1 would have to be Newegg.

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#24) On April 26, 2010 at 10:10 AM, stocki711 (98.79) wrote:

Everest Poker is publicly traded

 

Newegg is coming soon I hear 

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