The Biz: Feature Articles

I often hear business owners say, “I would love to take advantage of social media, but I just don’t know where to start!” Most people understand that social media is a force to be reckoned with and that it is influencing the way consumers make decisions concerning what they buy and where. However, getting why social media is useful and knowing how to take advantage of it are quite different. With traditional media, some might dip their toes in the water with an ad or two. However, social media demands a head first dive right in.

When a couple finds out that they are expecting twins, their life instantly changes. Looking at those two precious dots on the sonogram screen, initial shock turns to joy, then eventually the realization sets in that the early months of feeding and diapering are going to be extra, extra challenging. Raising twins (and other multiples) takes plenty of patience, helping hands from friends and family, and innovative baby products that make life a little easier. Products by Stroll-Air, TP Toys, TwinTrexx and Toddler Tables are a few such retail recommendations. Check them out on the double!

Asheville, NC (May, 2011) – For kids’ meals on the go, there’s a new environmental solution— Sprout Ware™ petroleum-free, reusable/disposable feeding products from green sprouts®. Sprout Ware™ cutlery, sippy cups, bowls and snack containers are made from environmentally friendly vegetable starch and are dishwasher safe for up to 10 or more washings; hand washing will retain the color of the products even further.

Children’s Eating Tools Made From Bio-based Plastic


What could be better than having a baby? How about having twins, triplets, or more! While there’s no doubt that bundles of joy multiply the blessings, there may be some concern that the bundles will make for fumbles when it comes to feedings, diaper changes, and getting out of the house. Parents of multiples often have more needs than wants and rely on high-quality, durable products that can get tasks done in double time without double trouble. When it comes to innovative products made for multiples, parents can count on Double Blessings, Podee, Tommi Guard, and Bumkins.

People’s fondest memories are often associated with tangible things. Vivid images of a warm summer’s day go hand-in-hand with the colorful sno-cone machine that absolutely everyone had to try. And who could forget those childhood visits to the county fair, when all the kids joyously tore into the fluffy cones of cotton candy? Companies like Nostalgia Electrics and Pennsylvania Dutch Candies are bringing back the old-fashioned treats people love, while Zoku and Fundex provide fun experiences that help make new memories for both today’s youth and the young at heart.

Satsuma, founded in 2007 by Jennifer Porter, is an eco-conscious baby apparel, soft goods and accessories that offers parents natural, healthy alternatives in everyday baby wear and bedding. The word “Satsuma” refers to a tangerine-like fruit available in Asia. The name fits the company well. It’s fresh, exotic, natural and just plain sweet! Jennifer was motivated to create the Satsuma brand because she realized that more and more parents wanted to outfit their babies in stylish, trendy gear, but also wanted to know exactly where those products came from and what went into the manufacturing process.

Andy & Evan
Feather Baby

Everyone is aware of the children’s obesity problem in our country. To help children, what better way to make them “move more” than playing with toys that require hopping, jumping, crawling or running around? With summer approaching, it’s the perfect opportunity for kids to get up and go with toys that make exercise fun! Stock up on kinetic toys from Active People, Aerobie, Whitewings and New Tech Kites, and celebrate the non-lazy days of summer!

In anticipation of autumn weather, hats are hot for kids! Fun, funky, and fabulous, hats are an essential topper to retailers’ array of fall fashion accessories. In addition to providing protection from the elements, hats add a perfect touch of color and style to outfits. Wool newsboy hats for boys are reminiscent of simpler days, and colorful bonnets offer timeless appeal to little girls, while cool bucket hats are in from coast to coast. The Giggle Guide® recommends on-trend headwear from Gigis Apparel, San Diego Hat Company, Susu & John and Little Lids.

On cool summer nights, brisk fall afternoons and winter times, the best way to make a special memory with loved ones is to snuggle in close and enjoy the season. Throw off those flimsy terry towels and worn-out blankets and wrap up in style. Whether silly, elegant, playful, or practical, The Giggle Guide® has found these brands of towels, blankets, and accessories to keep the family snug happy: Tiny Turnip, maamam, The Lenti Zoo, and Barefoot Dreams.