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In 2009, some pretty great businesses came across our radar. We've seen the strange, the unique, the hilarious, and the truly innovative that have reshaped our thoughts of what constitutes a business! This list recaps some of the best businesses of 2009. This is part one, stay tuned for part 2 as well!
I wrote about YouBar a while back to introduce this innovative healthy food company that allows people to create their own delicious and nutritious treats, including customizable protein bars and shakes. You really can't beat a company that lets you create your own products. Now, they've introduced something else to their line...and it's mouth-watering!
Moms are among the hardest working people on the planet, and I'm only talking about the ones who parent full-time, not to mention those that juggle other responsibilities, like careers at the same time! This holiday season, give a mom in your life a break from one of her daily parenting duties - lunch making, by supplying her with a service that delivers healthy meals to her kids at school!
It's a trend that's happening around the globe- instead of just serving a boring old cup of coffee that will give you the jitter, some shops are adopting latte art as a part of their services. For no additional charge, visitors can receive their favorite beverage with artwork built right into the foam.
Recently we saw little buildings that could be transported by trailer to be used as offices, storage locations and other shelters, but these were lacking in some obvious amenities. Another builder of teeny tiny houses uses a similar building plan, buts creates houses that are a bit more liveable.
If you haven't heard of synthetic wishbones, then you probably should have because it's a six figure industry that makes up a niche holiday business.
Cell phone bans while driving are being rolled out around the world, with varying penalties for those who still choose to talk or text and drive. While the distractions that cell phones can cause are obvious, there are some who just can't resist answering a ring or responding to a text even when they're on the road. Since some drivers lack willpower, there's a business that's decided to take advantage!
A unique vacation is hard to come by, but we're only a few years away from being able to take a vacation that offers a real out of this world experience.
Chedds is a unique restaurant that I featured a while ago that serves grilled cheese exclusively. With their traditional grilled cheese recipes, and some that are new and unusual, Chedds quickly grew in popularity since its launch; but now, it's getting a little bit of competition from a company that's found one way to top it - making grilled cheese mobile.
We've seen napping pods sent up in major urban centers before, but now, there's a new pop-up hotel designed to offer optimal convenience and comfort for travellers virtually wherever they are; even without a reservation!
For a night out, women dress themselves up, make themselves up, and sometimes talk themselves up when they meet a gentleman that they fancy. But these elements don't give men the green light to take whatever they want from the experience, and there's one cosmetics company that wants to ensure that just because women look beautiful, doesn't mean that they compromise their safety.
I know what you're thinking - prefabricated houses aren't new. At some point, we've all known someone who's lived in a mobile home, trailer, or another sort of prefab home. But this new company has a fun name and a fun concept that's definitely worth talking about!
When we think of "all inclusive" hotels, we automatically assume that it's a resort in the Dominican Republic or Mexico, sitting on or near a beach, where the food is often sub-par and the domestic beer and tropical drinks flow freely. Although most all inclusive hotels in the world are this popular style, one Singapore hotel is trying to transform the meaning of "all inclusive".