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Spring Is In The Air! Top 10 Businesses For Spring 2009

Spring is in the air, and as cooler climates begin warming up for the spring and summer, interesting business concepts that cater to spring activities and interests take on a whole new appeal. Over the upcoming months, the popularity of businesses with an outdoor theme will increase, while consumers take in the nice weather and get outside! In honor of spring's arrival, I'm counting down the Top 10 spring businesses of 2009!

Poken Networking USB Key, the Social Online Business Card

Poken, a new electronic online business card that allows social media users to exchange online profile info via a handy, keychain-sized portable USB key, may replace the traditional cardboard business card as THE must-have networking aid.

Physiobench: Online Business Promotes Home Health With Remote Advice

New technologies under development in the senior care industry are increasingly focusing on helping seniors remain independent in their homes and receive the treatment they need, via technology, without ever stepping out their front doors. Following this trend is Physiobench, a new health-based company from the UK which for a fee will prescribe a physiotherapy treatment regimen for any injury.


It’s My Scar: One Of A Kind Jewelry Tells Your Story

Finding unique pieces of jewelry is no easy task, especially when you're looking for one-of-a-kind pieces that are reflective of your personality or tell a story about your life. A highly personal, custom jewelry company ensures that every piece of fashion jewelry you wear will be unlike anything worn by any other person. Although, the jewelry design may be familiar, since it's customized to look just like a scar on your body that tells the story of your journey.

Necktie Camera Ensures That Board Meetings Will Never Be The Same

Even James Bond would look stylish wearing this suave tie.  But he wouldn't say, "Smile!  You're on camera!" the way that I would.  I'd make a horrible spy...

Sentimental Connections: Honoring Loss With Keepsake Ashes

When a loved one passes away, it's important to have something to remember them by. While many people, after cremation, keep their loved ones ashes on display in an urn a new trend is emerging with businesses like Sentimental Connections creating new ways to memorialize the important people we have lost.

Yellow Treehouse: Unique Restaurant Pops-Up In A Redwood Tree!

The Yellow Treehouse near Auckland, New Zealand is among the most recent of pop-up businesses to find themselves in an unusual location. The Yellow Treehouse, which started in part as a sustainability project Pacific Environments Architects Ltd, is located up a redwood tree in a forest, and now that the restaurant project has drawn to an end, the business will hopefully be opened to the public!


Fast Food Fries Soon Off The 'Eat This And Die' List

Zero trans-fat may soon becoming to a McDonald's near you.  Not just McDonald's, but all the other fast food chains that make those yummy deep-fried trans fatty fries you would love to eat right now.

Don't Be An Ash: Japan Tobacco's 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 5

Japan Tobacco ad execs sweated, strained and no doubt chain-smoked a whole lot of their main product while brainstorming up 73 "Smoking Manners for Adults" ads. Numbers 41 through 50 are presented here in hopes that rude smokers will smarten up and get their ashes in order.

Yelo Wellness Center: Power Napping & Reflexology For The Chronically Fatigued

Ever been so exhausted walking down the streets of New York City, you just wished there was a good place to relax and take a nap, like a park bench that didn't need to be shared with someone who called it their home? Fortunately, for NYC residents, there's no need to go there, since now they have Yelo; a wellness center that specializes in power napping and reflexology to help busy city dwellers relax and take a load off.


Ticket Agency Zigabid Inspires Purchase Haggling

When it comes to the ticket selling industry, there are many outlets to purchase tickets for the hottest sports events, concerts and other entertainment. However, when buying from ticket vendors like Ticketmaster, there's no choice but to pay the set attendance price if you want to attend and scalpers might literally clear out your child's college fund. Zigabid, a new online startup lets ticket buyers and ticket sellers negotiate based on supply and demand, to get the best ticket prices and make their own entrepreneurial profit.

Deliver That P2P Business Connects You With Products You Can’t Find!

Ever fallen in love with a product you found while traveling, and returned home to find that it's not available in your home country? If you're lucky, you might know someone who lives there that can send you the items you crave; but usually you're just SOL. Deliver That arranges P2P and B2P delivery of items that you can't find everywhere so nothing you desire is out of reach.

Urban Nomads Off The Beaten Path Luxury Travel Service

Many self-proclaimed world travelers may feel like they’ve seen it all. They’ve popped the cork off a bottle of champagne under the Eiffel Tower, taken a gondola ride in Rome and ridden a Tuktuk in Thailand. An innovative travel agency, Urbane Nomads calls themselves the “travel mixologists” and prides themselves on providing vacations off the beaten paths, away from the over-hyped tourist destinations around the world.

ARK: Clothing Company Inspires Acts Of Random Kindness

We've seen clothing companies like Rosa Loves which spreads awareness about charity causes with their t-shirts. And now there's ARK, which stands for Acts of Random Kindness; a fashion line which does exactly what the name says. Its t-shirts for men and women aren't inspirational themselves, but through their purchase the funding is made available to support random acts of kindness.

Little Bay Restaurant Had Diners Set Their Affordable Menu Prices

After opening a new location in London, Little Bay restaurant allowed diners to pay what the wanted for each menu item in February in part as a publicity stunt and to have a little extra assistance in setting their menu prices.

Sheila's Wheels Insurance For Women: The Car Insurance Of Stereotypes

Sheila's Wheels is a UK-based insurance company just for women. Once you visit their website you'll be left no doubt in your mind who their target audience is, with its Stepford Wives style women and pink décor. While Sheila's Wheels Car Insurance may seemingly be based on stereotypes, it does offer women comprehensive coverage on insurance that they won't find anywhere else; if you can just get over the typecasting that comes with being their client.


Amplified Journeys: New Venture Creates Custom Playlists For Roadtrip Soundtracks!

Want a soundtrack to your life, or at least a soundtrack for that big cross-country roadtrip you've been planning for the summer? Amplified Journeys by Harmon Kandon will create a playlist fit for any roadtrip theme and direct you towards sources to obtain the music from.

My Shape.com: Online Fashion Consultation For The Average Fashionista

In the ideal world, every fashion lover would have the opportunity to consult with style consultants and personal shoppers to select the styles and fashions best suited for their body types. Unfortunately, here in the real world, not everyone has those luxuries available to them; at least they didn't until recently. My Shape, a new fashion consulting and online shopping website makes sure fashion lovers always get the perfect fit and a cost that is more reasonable than the more traditional options.

Fashion Size Shrinking? Don’t Let Your Wardrobe Suffer The Same Fate, Use Transitional Sizes

One of the biggest challenges of dieting or exercising to build body mass is maintaining a professional wardrobe to keep up with your changing body size throughout the process. Transitional Sizes is a fashion rental program that allows individuals to maintain a vast wardrobe that fits their lifestyle, without the price tag of overhauling their existing wardrobe to keep up with their changing body.

Businesses Of Illusion: No Green Thumb Required With The Grass Painting Industry

We all like to have green lawns to add to the curb appeal of our homes. A green lawn gives a great first impression that a home is well cared for. But seeding a lawn to healthy, green perfection can be challenging for even the lawn care professionals. Now, a new trend in landscaping is emerging; grass painting, which is being embraced by lawn care businesses and homeowners throughout North America.