Galactic Toys & Collectibles offers the coolest toys, action figures, plushes, and games straight to your door

I love startup companies based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan since I have live here most of my life. One of the coolest companies out of G.R. is Galactic Toys & Collectibles that offers collectible toys, action figures, plushes and board games. The company started out in 2013 out of a garage and now operating out of a 15,000 sq foot warehouse in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They are the for specialized toys and collectibles. Galactic Toys & Collectibles also has a large collection of Funko Pop! Vinyl and pop-culture licensed toys at great prices.

You can place an order on their site HERE and have it delivered to your door.

Pana – Your personal travel agent

Pana makes travel as simple as possible as Pana takes care of your travel, room and board, and restaurant activities for you. The virtual travel agent team will make travel a delight rather than a hassle. To start using Pana you can make a request using iPhone app, SMS or email with travel details. Within minutes Pana will choose the best options and send them to you. Tap one button and your set. Pricing starts at $19/Month or $199/year. You can try the service free for one month.

Check out Pana HERE

SteadyFare – Grand Rapids based Ride-sharing app takes on Uber and Lyft

SteadyFare is a Grand Rapids based ride-share app that can be downloaded for either iOS or Android. The app is similar to popular ride-sharing apps such as Lyft and Uber. Some of the features of this ride-sharing app include better background checks of drivers, drivers keep all tips, better rates for those needing a ride, every ride a portion of the proceeds will go to ending child hood hunger through Will Play For Food Foundation.

Check out the website HERE

New watch startup Belmoto draws inspiration from the era of race driving and motorcyling

Belmoto is the spin off brand from Dion McAsey, the founder of Magrette Timepieces. McAsey wanted to create a new brand that focuses on the era of race car driving and motorcyling. The same precision and craftsmanship from Magrette is transplanted to Belmoto. Belmoto first collection is the Track-Day & Tourer collection that features Mecha-Quartz Chronographs priced at $500 and the Automatic collection priced at $700.

The Belmoto Collection is rebirth of the modern gentleman. This is for the modern gentleman that has a passion for racing and fast cars. The watch features Automatic and Mecha-Quartz movements, Sapphire Crystal and custom and hand-stitched leather bands.

Check out Belmoto Collection HERE

Roger Ximenez bespoke leather belt company

Roger Ximenez makes luxury custom made belts here in the USA using the finest crocodile, Italian, French and suede. Most of the designer belts I found are made of poor leather quality and sell because of their brand. Roger Ximenez uses the finest 100% full-grain calf leather for their Italian and French line, premium calf leather for suede belts, and 100% python or crocodile leather for exotic belts.

All buckles are made in Italy from solid brass. The buckles are palladium plated to ensure maximum resilience to natural elements. All leather belts come with a custom traveling pouch made from premium cotton. The pouch allows customers to store and travel with their belt in a unique, sophisticated way.

In 2009 Roger Ximenez, Founder and Master Leather Designer, set out to create an innovative line of exclusive, custom made leather belts. His goal was clear: create a high quality signature belt collection that may be tailored to each and every customer’s needs. Roger Ximenez personally designs and manages every single belt along the production process to ensure his life-long mission is realized.

Roger Ximenez produces luxury leather belts that rival Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Tom Ford belts. I have personally owned a belt from the company and found the quality to be as good and sometimes better than the other luxury brands.

Check out Roger Ximenez bespoke belts HERE

Pakpod: The Stake-able, Packable, Riggable, Waterproof, All-Terrain Tripod. Stake Out Your Next Adventure.

Pakpod is the next generation tripod for Smartphones, GoPro, and SLRs. The Pakpod is slim enough to carry in your pack and versatile enough to work with your action camera. The Pakpod features spider-like capabilities and patent-pending staking design.

Three flip-out stakes combined with legs that lock into wildly asymmetrical positions means it attaches to rock walls, sailboat masts, bike handlebars, drones, jungle vines, car hoods, fences of all sorts, underneath kayaks, uneven driftwood, baby swings, boulders and more.


Lightweight: 15.5 oz
Length when folded: 12.75″
Waterproof and freezeproof
Patented, one-twist locking system
Legs rapidly extend and retract with the push of a button
Legs move independently through 180 degree of motion
Rotating feet stake into grass, dirt, sand and snow
36 tie-down points
MSRP $99

Back this project now on Kickstarter HERE

Luxe – On-demand valet parking service

Luxe is a new on-demand valet parking service that sends valets to park for you. The service is available in major cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, New York City, Austin, and Philadelphia.

A simple download of the app and you are ready to have an on-demand valet ready to do the parking for you. Luxe features a veteran team of product, engineering, and operations leaders from Tesla, Google, Zynga, Yahoo! and Groupon with a fleet of prescreened and friendly valets. The company has secured dozens of insured, secure parking lots with technology to monitor every step of the process of drop-off to pick-up.

Check out the service HERE


Instead of waking up to a cup of coffee, DrinClock wakes you up to a warm cup of water. Alternatively you can add lemon juice, honey, and/or green tea. This will help you lose weight and or stimulate your digestive system. The morning water machine is ready to fill your thirst in the morning or anytime.

The idea of DrinClock is to have a healthier life with warm water with lemon in the morning to start out the day refreshed and ready for the day. It is perfect for cool or dry days where you need to fill your thirst. The morning water machine is heading for Kickstarter in the near future.

Check out the website HERE

LIKE A HIPSTER – Discover the places where local hipsters hang out

LIKE A HIPSTER app helps you find the best local places through the help of local hipsters. The app helps you find the best coffee shops, bars, restaurants, clothing stores and local businesses near you. LIKE A HIPSTER uses data from Foursquare and Yelp to identify the best places to go and displays them on a Google Map.

Once you find all the cool places that hipsters like you can visit the places with directions, pricing, website, reviews and phone number.

Get the app on Googe Play HERE