Jay Lichty's big business idea came to him in a dream, playing a very specific ukulele.
"I had a dream one night where I was playing a small bodied guitar," he said in an interview last year. "I decided if I was ever going to have a custom ukulele, I was probably going to have to build it myself."
The musician turned his hobby into a full-time gig, and in 2009 launched Lichty Guitars. He works from his Tryon, North Carolina, home with his wife. They build custom ukuleles and guitars for customers all over the world.