I love a pop up store, a taco truck, a breakthrough bit of outdoor. But, I'm an even bigger fan of the branded vending machine. They're iconic and quirky and an entirely accessible way to try a brand. Here are a few of my favorites:
I want one: Rollasole
Tell me this isn't the most brilliant marketing idea you've heard of lately - Rollasole sells their delightful little black and silver flats in small, medium and large in night clubs, train stations and airports around the UK and US for ~$10. They come rolled in a little box and are the perfect excuse to toss your heels in your carryon.
I would totally try it: Robot pizza
If I ever find myself in Milan's airport ... well, honestly, I'll be so packed with local cuisine that I'd never try this. But, if they put one in Atlanta, I'm totally in. This full service pizza vending machine kneads the dough, adds toppings and cooks up the pie for you in about 3 minutes.
How cool is this: Bicycle dispenser
In the Netherlands, you can rent a bike all day for $4 right at your closest bike machine. Brilliant design. Much more trial worthy than your average street vendor.
Why isn't this in Vegas: Gold to go
Why change your chips for cash when you could trade for a gold bar? In Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt and Milan, you can buy your gold a gram at a time - for as low as $50 (fluctuating with the market, of course)
I wish I would use it, but.... : Bananas on demand
I totally admire this move by Dole to offer good stuff on the go. If only I wasn't such a bad eater on the road ... something about an airport gives me tacit permission to eat things like butter-slathered pretzels, nachos and full-size bags of Combos. (Gross)