You may have seen the movie “Patch Adams.” It’s about a real-life doctor who has an unusual approach to healing: he uses laughter as a therapy. While laughter may not be able to heal all wounds, it certainly can be the best medicine. Laughter has an enormous and proven impact on the human body and quality of life. Young and old alike can take advantage of the powerful medicine that comes from a good belly laugh by checking out the gentle humor provided by Me Giant products.
By Carolyn Kavarnos - Wednesday, February 15th 2012
“At the core of every young man is the desire to save the day and love to the fullest,” says Tori Young, founder and president of Warrior Poet Clothier and the father of two boys. That’s one thing he knows for sure. The Warrior Poet Clothier crusade is “Building Armor with a Flare for the Next Generation of Men.” History shows us many examples of the Warrior Poet. From the chivalrous knight, to the intrigue of the samurai, we are drawn to this gifted individual.
Cure-Couture was the design idea of the late Linda Segal. Linda was a successful women’s fashion designer for more than 25 years. In 2007, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and required chemotherapy treatments. It was Linda’s experiences in the chemo center at the hospital that gave her the inspiration to design Cure-Couture: fashionable, yet functional patient gowns. Linda sadly lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009, but her idea lives on through her daughter Ashley Segal, and her design protégé, Linsay Alvarado. Ashley and Linsay describe their business venture as making a giant pitcher of lemonade from the lemons they were given.
Creations by You sold their first craft kit in 1992. Since then, they have developed a complete line of activity kits and programs for kids and young adults that inspire creativity. Their multi-award-winning kits and school programs include the materials needed to assist young people in making creations that can be sent in for professional production, resulting in treasured keepsakes. The effort put into these kits is rewarded when the finished product is received, and also serves to build self-esteem, an appreciation of the arts and memories to last a lifetime.
Sugar and spice and everything nice, that’s what little babies are made of. No one understands this better than the folks behind the Teresa Alecrim brand who started the business back in 1981, in Lisbon, Portugal. Portuguese textile design has long been heralded at the top of the class. Delicate stitchery shows off exquisite designs including kids enjoying a jump rope session, a train, ducks, a friendly bear, a rocking bassinet, a little duck and a galaxy of stars to watch over baby. One design in pink and green proclaims “Bebe”, Spanish for — you guessed it — baby.
A Wish Come True, purveyor of very fine costumes, has been spotlighted a dozen times in publications like Dance Director’s Survival Guide and Dance Spirit magazine –– with good reason. The company’s secret to its 15 years of success is writ large on every product and transaction: a strong dedication to quality customer relations. This careful attention to customer service is simply a reflection of the company’s outstanding lineup of performance fashions. Studio owners, instructors, directors, and dancers can find exactly their hearts’ desire.
Music is powerful; it can teach, inspire, heal and unite. It has been shown that even in the womb, babies respond and move to music. Music is an art that can bring people together and John Richardson, Rich Candelora and Rich Ludwig of Zither Heaven can certainly attest to that. The three founders cultivate a spirit of innovation around the shop, where new products are constantly tested and improved. Zither Heaven’s commitment to quality resources, superior construction and excellent service, while blending modern technology and traditional craftsmanship, allows them to deliver their best to customers.
“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” –– Phyllis Diller
Most people wouldn’t say they enjoy spending almost 10% of their days scrubbing, vacuuming, washing and shoveling up piles of clutter. Consumers are always on the lookout for a simpler, effective way to help make cleaning a snap. Featured on MSNBC, the Lay-n-Go is the must-have time-saving device for households with small children.
Get into the rhythm of increased sales by playing CDs from Putumayo Kids in your shop. This is music that entertains, educates and inspires cultural curiosity. It has a worldwide following that could include your customers. The Putumayo Kids recording label gives back in a big way by supporting children, families, schools and other charities through a percentage of its CD sales. The parent company, Putumayo World Music, has contributed more than $1 million dollars to non-profit organizations that do good work in the regions where the music originates.