The Biz

Once upon a time a Texas gal grew up adoring her Marlborough man-handsome dad who melded ranching with designing cowboy boots. Inspired by him and wild about all things Western and Native American, Adrian Layne developed Cuddlestar, a line of Western wear for babies and toddlers. There are one-piece garments decked with images of cowboys, ponies, and Native American themes like the Thunderbird and Dream Catchers, all cute and very wearable for that Western vibe.

As Digital Natives grow up with everything electronic, there’s a growing trend of going backward to a simpler time. As we see a resurgence in 80s fashion and throwback cartoons have become kitschy cool (how many handsome leading men weren’t even born when the heroes they play splashed across our TVs on Saturday mornings?), organizations like Jam’n Products are riding the wave. Fostering close relationships with historic vendors like Mattel, SpinMaster and more, Jam’n has cornered the market on old-school cool.

Where should you manufacture? And how does a factory’s location affect doing business? When it comes to manufacturing a product, it’s a safe bet that finding and choosing a supplier that meets your needs will be one of your greatest challenges. When importers are selecting among an endless list of possibilities, factory location can often take a back seat to factors like price, product quality and shipping deadline. But what if we told you that factory location can, and almost always does, greatly impact all of those factors and more?


K’NEX Brands, the US construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love®, is excited to introduce Mighty Makers; a line of construction toys designed to empower girls through creative and stimulating building ideas! Created by an all-female marketing and design team, the Mighty Makers building set line encourages girls ages 7+ to build BIG ideas. Each Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”) based set features colorful rods, connectors, panels, engaging story-based instructions that follow the life of the included female figure.

There’s nothing like the freedom and exhilaration a bike can bring, and while fashion isn’t everything, having a high-quality bike (or other wheeled ride-on) definitely adds to the biking experience, making it safer and more enjoyable. Morgan Cycle is one of our country’s premier makers of bikes, trikes and other wheeled toys. Founded 20 years ago by bicycle engineer Sylvester Yen, the company prides itself on its fine craftsmanship.

Shoppers looking to help develop kids’ creativity will relish ecologically sound, techy coloring books from Painting Lulu. The system bridges the gap between traditional coloring books — always a kid fave — and contemporary technology. The technology is simple: kids color in the book and then, with a little adult assistance, scan the QR code on the page using a free app on a smart device — it doesn’t even require a download. Presto, the coloring page appears on the device and kids can continue coloring where they left off using the special Painting Lulu Digital Crayon that has a host of unique coloring tools and features.

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Many car lovers collect 1960s vehicle memorabilia, and even enjoy passing down their appreciation to their children with toy cars that sport this signature look. Candylab Toys captures the spirit of the ’60s with its line of classic collectible toy cars. What makes these cars unique is that they’re made of wood, a material growing in popularity due to its longevity and environmental sustainability.

eeBoo is a woman owned, innovative toy company from NYC celebrating its 20th anniversary of making uniquely beautiful toys and intelligent gifts for children. Twenty years ago eeBoo’s founder Mia Galison was unwilling to choose between work and family; integrating the two, she forged an original path for herself, her husband and three children. Mia and her husband put in long hours and depended on the help of neighbors, friends, families, and babysitters, and they never separated their life from work. They wanted to encourage creative thinking, open-ended play, and meaningful communication in the products developed.

Playhouses make the perfect hideouts where kids can create their own cozy kingdoms of fantasy and fun. Traditionally, playhouses have been outdoor buildings, usually small sheds or the classic tree house. Of course, not all kids have access to the type of outdoor spaces that allow for these options, not to mention the fact that tree houses and outdoor buildings can be difficult to build and aren’t the best options in bad weather. Yuhuhugs introduces children to a whole new set of options with their innovative line of indoor playhouses.