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The phrase “duck face” made the Oxford online dictionary this year. As did “meh,” “WTF,” “jeggings” and “hashtag.” And so did “selfie stick,” the most beloved, and alternately, the most hated invention of all time.

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It's inevitable: 1.) Hair grows; 2.) a stranger coming at you with scissors is a scary event for most young children and a hassle for their parent. Which is why Snip-its is taking the pathos out of a child's haircut for the parent and instilling a sense of adventure in the child.

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Many sign splashy development deals but never build all the stores. Not so for Dave Goebel, the former Applebee's CEO, as he builds 10 Pie Fives on schedule, and gets set to sign for 8 to 10 more. We asked him how he does it.

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What happens when you take two ‘grocery guys,' the father with retirement savings and the son willing to risk it all? Casual Pint, which sells craft beer in a store where customers can also sample a glass or two.

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A new beach theme should debut in more than 50 percent of restaurants by the end of this year. The 50-year-old brand is hoping a healthier menu, too, will boost sales and attract franchisees.

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Amit Kleinberger started franchising frozen-yogurt chain Menchie's in 2008, even though everybody else was doing it, too. Now he's trying his hand at a newly popular category: artisan pizza, made to order.

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Peter Capriotti, CEO of Cotti Foods, this year added a couple of Pieology restaurants to his stable of 62 Taco Bells and 43 Wendy's. Thus he joins the slim ranks of multi-unit operators who also take a chance on something new.