This Self-Professed “Dolphin Nerd” Sold His E-Commerce Business For Seven Figures

Brahm Buck

While doing a CrossFit workout a few years back, Ben Leonard heard someone at the gym say, “We totally beasted it today.”

That was how Leonard named Beast Gear, an e-commerce store for people who like to lift heavy weights that he founded in 2016. He sold Beast Gear for a seven-figure amount in late 2019. Before the sale, Leonard, based in a small town near Aberdeen, Scotland, ran the business with the help of three freelancers—two who handled customer service and one who did social media—keeping his team organized with a tool called ClickUp.

Leonard is one

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Real Estate newsletter: COVID-19 fortune fuels a real estate shopping spree

Brahm Buck

Welcome back to the Real Estate newsletter, which this week delivers more drama than the usual celebrity-fueled luxury deals.

The juicy details come by way of Pasadena, where a company called Innova Medical Group made billions during the pandemic by selling questionable coronavirus tests to governments around the world. According to a Times investigation, executives then used the money on a real estate shopping spree, leasing a pristine office in Pasadena and buying luxury homes around the area for the startup’s top brass in addition to a pair of private jets.

In other news, the week’s housing headlines saw sellers

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Shopping coming to Congress Ave.; Pflugerville preps tract near Living Spaces and more top Central Texas news

Brahm Buck

The Oaks at Slaughter development will have several new businesses opening by the end of 2021. (Deeda Lovett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Southwest Austin

New 18-acre shopping center in South Austin to open on Congress Ave. this fall

By November, businesses in the new 18-acre shopping center will begin their staggered openings.


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Trump merchandise store in Somerset closing Sunday

Brahm Buck

SOMERSET — Keith Lambert knows there will be mixed emotions when his Donald Trump merchandise store on Route 6 closes for good at the end of the business day on Sunday.

 “There are going to be a lot of sad people and a lot of happy people,” he said.

The New England for Trump Somerset store has been doing business since July 2020 in a small plaza in a former donut shop near the busy intersection of Route 6 and Brayton Point Road.

‘I took it to another level’:Entrepreneur opens pro-Trump merchandise store in Somerset

For rabid Trump supporters

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Elmwood Village business owners say they are prepared if COVID restrictions ever return

Brahm Buck

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Last year, the COVID-19 shut down left businesses in a place they’d never been before. But now, it’s different. With the Delta variant on the rise in Western New York, business owners in the Elmwood Village are less concerned about having to adapt to COVID restrictions again because they have plans.

“We’ve kept up a lot of the same protocols fortunately, so we really won’t be shifting in that regard. We’ll go back to stocking more masks,” Therese Deutschlander, the owner of Thin Ice, said.

“We’re lucky enough that we can do the exact same thing.

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