Real Estate Envy

Setting Up Shop: ‘Storefront’ Allows You to Instantly Book Pop-Up Stores

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If you’ve been sitting on an incredible idea for a pop-up retail store — like a stand for your agave-sweetened raw vegan desserts, or a gallery space where you’d make a killing off selling your roommate’s photography — there’s a startup ready to fulfill all of your dreams.

It’s called Storefront, and it allows you to book short term retail space for pop-up stores. As of today, they’re adding an Instant Booking feature so that you can impulse shop for real estate. Most of the listings are upscale, but among the listings are little Manhattan boutiques that go for less than $100 a day. Read More

auto sale

Zipcar Independent No More: Avis to Acquire Car-Sharing Company for $500 Million

Zipcars Available in New York City

When Betabeat thinks of rental car companies, we think of long lines, oil-stained garages and exorbitantly-priced insurance that we don’t really need. (Do we?) When we think of car-sharing companies, we think of gleaming new Prius’s and smart technology. Which might be one good reason why Avis Budget Group agreed to acquire Zipcar for $500 million in a deal announced earlier this morning. Read More

Baby I Can Drive Your Car

Pimp My Ride: RelayRides Rolls Out an OnStar Partnership

Oh, for an old-media expense account!

Well, here’s one way to cover the exorbitant cost of a parking space in New York City: peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace RelayRides just announced a big partnership with General Motors and OnStar, meant to make it easier for drivers to rent out their idle vehicles, Airbnb-style.

That is, if you can convince yourself to trust a complete stranger with your car.

RelayRides announced today that OnStar subscribers can now leverage the system to make renting out their cars simpler. Renters will be able to unlock OnStar-equipped cars using only their mobile phones, a.k.a. the one device most of us are practically guaranteed never to lose. Read More