The Biz: The Grapevine

There’s never a bad time to give a baby gift, but the perennial problem that plagues most givers is the selection. When it comes to babies and toddlers, this can be an especially tricky issue. Companies with long track records of service and quality are great places to start when it comes to solving this problem. Experience always tells, and this is true for businesses, too. AM PM Kids, an offshoot of the Mullins family company that has been serving customers for over 30 years, delivers quality gifts based on a strong understanding of what families want.

Kids love to crawl, squiggle and draw on the floor. Carpeted floors seem like they would be safer places for babies and tots, but the number of tiny objects kids always find is shocking. Hardwood or laminate flooring is a particular stressor for parents. After all, one hard fall could mean anything from a long crying bout to a trip to the hospital. The best way to help families with their floor-lovers is to provide a comfortable landing pad that is not only easy to clean (always a big seller for families), but also attractive to kids. Dwinguler offers a solution.

Shoppers can deck themselves to the hilt or gift another be they woman, young lady or teething baby with multi-purpose silicone jewelry and gum-worthy chews. Big necklaces, pendants and bangles in stand-out colors are all the rage. All jewelry from Jellystone Designs is BPA–free with custom-made clasps that separate easily if tugged. A non-toxic alternative to ordinary costume jewelry, these organic bangles have a fluid, not-quite-circular shape and come in pink, purple, green and lots of other colors in the spectrum.

Teeny Tiny Optics
Emily Press Labels

While many families would love to craft, not all find it easy. Not everyone has the time, inspiration or ability to pick up tools and materials and make something new. Luckily, there’s a company that can help parents and kids with crafty ambitions. Lullubee is a New York-based craft company that takes a unique approach to crafting. Rather than simply selling supplies, Lullubee provides customers with detailed directions for projects, complete with pictures of the finished product. The crafting supplies are high-quality, and projects are dreamed up by Lullubee’s resident craft artists.

There are a variety of foreign-language resources available for babies and young children, but few are as visually pleasing and heartwarming as those by Bebe Bilingual. Bebe Bilingual offers parents convenient flashcards and other products to help steep a child’s world in the beauty of both language and art. As an avid traveler who understands the importance of language immersion, Kimberly Schwede wanted to offer learning tools that would be easy to use on the go. In addition to the flash cards, the company also designs lunchboxes, and placemats that are meant to be used as part of the child’s everyday surroundings.

Brixy, the new trade association for independently owned stores in the juvenile industry, has taken another step in preparing to launch on January 2, 2013. Today the organization formally announced its membership criteria and timeline for accepting applications. “Our focus is on helping juvenile brick and mortar stores to grow and thrive,” explained Executive Director Jill Cartwright as she outlined the membership criteria.

See Kai Run
Phillips Nizer LLP

A mother-to-be has a lot on her mind. To help her prepare for as stress-free a hospital experience as possible, stock the original Hospital “Go” Bags from Due Date Bags. The Labor Queen Hospital “Go” Bag is stocked with delivery essentials a lady loves (and needs) including a pretty nursing cami; nursing pads; toiletries for her hospital stay; thank you cards; a “shop closed for six week”’ panty; and items for the new arrival, including a “Take Me Home” one-piece, hat and bib. They also offer other bags worth their due. One contains a stash for older siblings, including a coloring book, crayons and a gift for their new brother or sister. Dad’s bag holds a Labor Coach T-shirt and hat and celebratory chocolate bars.

Everyone wants to get the royal treatment: it’s what great companies provide for their customers so they keep coming back for more. People show when they are getting treated well by returning again and again for the same great products and services. Where can wholesale buyers go for great, affordable clothing that customers love and that makes them feel they are being treated like nobility? Royal Spice Clothing has your back: it delivers the fashionable, economical lines that are an ideal partner to the quality service you as a retailer provide your customers.

That’s Not Fair London was created to give children the opportunity to take the first steps towards revealing their fashion consciousness through innovative clothing that they can style and adapt to suit their own emerging tastes. The emphasis is on introducing desirable clothing to children that encourages their developing sense of style, and avoids the childish looks and colors that are often found in children’s wear. That’s Not Fair London looks to tradition for inspiration for their designs and to an era that paid fine attention to detail, where quality was paramount and things were built to last.