10 Of The Best Business Of 2009: The Innovative, The Unusual, The Hilarious (Part One)

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!

YouBar: Customizable Goodie Company Introduces Create Your Own Cookies!

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!

Wholesome Tummies: Healthy Bagged Lunch Service That Gives Moms a Break

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!

Small Coffee Shops Defeat Big Chains With Unique Concept: Use Of Latte Art

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.

Tumbleweed Tiny Houses: The Smallest House Builder On The Planet

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.

Lucky Break Wishbones:Strange Niche Holiday Business

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.

Txt Blocker: Business Offers Will Power Service, Limiting Cell Phone Use

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!

Valentines Jewelry: Engagement Rings Sold With A Honeymoon On The Side!

In a period of economic downturn, businesses have got to do what they've got to do in order to make people spend money, particularly when their niche is one that people can take or leave when they're pinching pennies. While some women might not agree that jewelry falls into this category, there's one business that's not taking any chances with a unique business plan!

The Galactic Suite Space Resort: Out Of This World Accommodations Available By 2012

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.

Grilled Cheese Competition Revs Up With The Grilled Cheese Truck

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.

Sleepbox Pop-Up Hotels: Modern Sleep Pods For The World Traveler

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!

2LoveMyLips: Cosmetics Company That Ensures Women Avoid Date Rape

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.

Little House On The Trailer: Prefab Houses That Move When You Do

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!

Quincy Hotel: Urban All Inclusive Hotel Gets Singapore Talking

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".

Ridgeblade® Wind Power Generator Wins Dutch Postcode Lottery Green Award

Ridgeblade® is the kind of invention that looks so obvious, so natural, and so simple, anyone could have invented it.  In all that's been dedicated to the exploration of wind energy, no one saw this elegant,  natural, and efficient solution to "micro-wind" or home energy creation.