What happens when you bring the sharing economy to the world of research? Exciting things happen. This presentation will show qualitative researchers how to think creatively (and practically!) about using alternative venues for conducting qualitative research. We will explore how platforms such as AirBnB and Peerspace can be invaluable options to find the perfect spot to host a session, and we’ll talk about the ways to ensure that a project is a success once you identify the right non-traditional location. The session will draw upon the real-world experiences of the presenters using unique spaces to conduct qualitative research. Among those experiences will be a case study in the snacking category, where an LA mansion proved to be the ideal setting for three days of focus groups and client innovation sessions for a start-up client on a budget, leading to the development of a pipeline of new product ideas, some of which are now in the marketplace.