Kansas City, Mo.
"On January 10, 1910, a teenager from Nebraska stepped off a train in Kansas City, Mo., with little more than big dreams and two shoeboxes of picture postcards." Want to know how this story turns
out? Just open your mailbox in December. That sentence opens the corporate history of Hallmark, the greeting-card giant still run by the grandsons of that teenager, Joyce Clyde Hall -- and still going strong in Kansas City, sending millions of messages of good cheer at the holidays and all year long.