The Biz

We are all aware that our country has economic problems and the job market is challenging. Merchants can do their part to help correct this situation by showing customers a wide variety of American-made goods. By selling products made in the U.S.A., you are supporting important safety regulations, helping the economy, protecting workers and helping to save environmental resources. The Giggle Guide® salutes four companies that produce fashion for kids, made in the U.S.A: Dillonger, Milly and Tate, Alivia Simone and Max & Bean.

Girls Will Be was built on the belief that T-shirts for girls should be every bit as comfortable, well-fitting and durable as those for boys. Their line of shirts is designed to provide good coverage without being oversized or boxy; they also sport sayings that foster healthy self-image and a positive outlook on life. They encourage girls to be awesome, bold and unique. There are shirts that reflect interest in sports, pets, bugs, and airplanes, too. In addition to shirts, they also offer a few different styles of shorts. These shorts are made to fit modestly, so they’re not too short or tight to wear during active play.

Baby showers are usually a lot of fun for the mom-to-be. She’s given lots of great gifts and loving support that will help her get started on the road to motherhood. But for those who go to a lot of baby showers, it’s easy for the routine of similar foods and games to get a bit stale. The woman who is appointed as “activities director” for a baby shower has a challenging task; she’s expected to come up with interesting games and activities to get the participants involved and keep them entertained. Get help from Baby 4-1-1 — a board game that tests participants on how much they know about pregnancy, childbirth, and caring for a newborn.

Teeny Tiny Optics
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When Jennifer Toenjes, owner of Sweet Baby Bowtique, gave birth to her baby girl, she was so ecstatic for the bows and ruffles that were about to enter her life. But all the bows and hair accessories Toenjes found at local retailers were not up to her standards, so she taught herself how to make her own. “My daughter Abbie is the entire inspiration behind my business!” says Toenjes. Sweet Baby Bowtique is mainly an online retailer specializing in baby headbands and offering baby hair bows, big girl larger size hair bows, tutus, leg warmers, bloomer/ diaper covers, hair bow instructions and a soon-to-arrive Mom’s Corner.

With the unblinking glow of screens just about everywhere, many families are turning towards simpler times… and simpler means of entertainment. Simple toys like marbles and wooden cutouts encourage creativity. Simple craft projects inspire kids to explore their artistic senses and then utilize their personalized artwork in imaginative play. The attraction of simple toys and games lies in the ability to gently challenge, bring people together, and entertain. Companies like Maple Landmark Woodcraft, House of Marbles, eeBoo, and Seedling New Zealand are bringing some of the best in children’s products to generations of families.

New York City’s area code, 212, is one of the best known in the world. Those who have the privilege of living or working there get to be part of more exciting, inspiring, and groundbreaking experiences than you’ll find almost anywhere else on the planet. Children growing up in New York have access to famous museums, art galleries, and theaters, not to mention great parks and playgrounds. In a way, the spirit of New York is very well suited to kids because, like childhood, it is full of energy and curiosity and built on the belief that anything is possible. Circus 212 is a clothing company that’s shaping the kids’ fashion scene in NYC.

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It’s finally time to get outdoors after one of the longest winters on record. Help children enjoy nature with Glopo Inc, a toy designer, importer and distributor dedicated to bringing children endless and innovative toys. These educational and entertaining toys include four brands: DIY KIDS for arts and crafts, JOYBAY for outdoor and sports, Little Genius for infant and toddlers, and Fettipop for party goods. Start the summer right with Camping Combination sets in Frog or Owl motifs. Camping out can be a fun adventure with a high-quality tent and sleeping bag.

This spring, set your store apart by eschewing the traditional flat flannel blankets and offering something with some charm. Whimsical Charm offers chic covers of varying colors, patterns and warmth. Whimsical Charm started with a desire to provide babies with blankets that would keep them warm and comfortable while looking stylish. Mission accomplished, with super-soft fabrics including delicate yarns to create elaborate collections. The designs vary in size, color, and technique, offering character and originality, while maintaining the touch of softness.

In her new children’s chapter book, Scary Spring: Our Polio Fright of 1955, author C.A. Hartnell seeks to bring the spirit of the ‘50s alive for elementary school-age readers. The events are seen through the eyes of 11-year-old Carol-Ann and her friend Pete, whose adventures in their neighborhood are a mix of classic youthful mischief (finding a stray puppy, spying on the local “crabby old man”) to more serious themes like witnessing the dangerous consequences of hot rod racing and facing the realities of polio. Pete and Carol-Ann’s friendship is a good old-fashioned coming of age buddy adventure.

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