Who needs Silicon Valley, Manhattan, or the Bay when you could set up shop in one of these magical cities?
Got this one here.
Pros: Open your business in the nexus of all back-to-school shopping for Hogwarts students, and you’re sure to turn a profit—provided you stay on the good side of the goblins down at Gringotts Bank.
Cons: Mischievous schoolkids, potential visits from Dark Wizards.
The Wizard of Oz
Pros: This apparently affluent city boasts stunning architecture and a relentlessly cheerful population. Forget long nights at the office—folks in the Emerald City “get up at 12:00 and start to work at 1:00, take an hour for lunch, and then at 2:00 they’re done”!
Cons: Local government not a big fan of transparency.
The Lord of the Rings
Pros: Hobbits are big-time consumers. Offer a service related to eating, drinking, smoking, farming, or fireworks, and you’ll be welcomed heartily into Middle Earth’s pastoral paradise.
Cons: Local workforce a bit too attached to their leisure time.
Nightmare Before Christmas
Pros: Can’t get enough of the holiday rush? Why not move to the one place where it’s always Christmas?
Cons: High risk of having Christmas ruined by neighboring Halloweentown.
Game of Thrones
Pros: Forget Westeros—steer clear of all those violent battles for the throne by starting your business in the Free City of Braavos. Situated on a prosperous port (and far from the royal family), you’ll be free to do business with any mysterious visitor you please.
Cons: Spooky shape-shifters giving you funny looks in the marketplace.
The Hunger Games
Pros: If you’ve got a healthy tolerance for high-maintenance customers with expensive taste, the Capitol might be just the spot for you. Just try to steer clear of any revolutionary ideas.
Cons: Stomaching the city-wide excitement over the Hunger Games each year.