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An untapped network of luxury sheltered spaces is being exuberantly marketed through “Your Gazebos Everywhere!”, a new addition to the highly legitimate, rock-solid timeshare industry. Entrepreneur Jaki Shah says she got the idea for YGE! while driving past a vacant gazebo nestled in a pasture on a horse farm in the Connecticut Berkshires. “Right then I realized in my entire life I’ve never seen a gazebo in use—never ever!” said Shah. “They’re always in parks, expansive and manicured backyards, or gorgeous bucolic settings–always!” The licensed realtor then researched gazebos, which are vestiges of a nineteenth-century collective American dream of Arcadia made manifest in one’s backyard, and found a little-known law that grants fair public use of open-air, round or octagonal structures that have been well-maintained but unoccupied for at least 50 years. Shah then founded YGE!, which allows individuals to buy, sell, resell and trade reserved slots at gazebos in many pastoral or waterside locales. “Gazebos are not just prime real estate that people identify with the good life, they’re a virtually natural resource just crying out to be exploited!” shouted Shah, who tends to shout. With millions of dollars already invested in YGE! contracts that are certainly guaranteed to appreciate exponentially, Shah will appear next week on Shark Tank, the fine, tasteful show about business ideas, in hopes of attracting more funding so she can expand her network throughout North America and the world where, indeed, gazebos sit appealingly empty in plain sight. She also plans to add pergolas and pavilions to the YGE! portfolio before competitors take hold. Privately, Shah said her fear about the upcoming TV appearance is that one of the understated, calm Shark Tank judges will ask her how buyers would use their gazebos, because she has no idea, even though they are sold every day by The Home Depot, Lowes and many other fine retailers.