The Biz

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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Satsuma Designs

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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Phillips Nizer LLP

Hollow Woodworks began in a barn in 1985 with a mission to provide high quality personalized name stools and puzzles. Over the years, Hollow Woodworks has made significant additions to their product line, mostly due to the inspiring customer suggestions they receive. The company takes great pride in producing products with innovative designs and styles, while providing quality customer service. Attention to detail, quality craftsmanship and superior customer service have created a large customer following, not only in the U.S.A., but spanning worldwide.

For some parents, the quest for the perfect sippy cup can become a time-consuming pursuit. A cup should be easily washable, leak-proof, and strong enough to hold up to the daily wear and tear that young children can dish out. For a lot of parents, the material the sippy cup is made of is very important; not only does it affect the performance of the cup; it may also have an impact on the child’s health. California-based Kid Basix has created a line of youth cups made to be safe, efficient and attractive.

Caring for an infant can be overwhelming enough without throwing skin problems into the mix. With Baby Pibu™ products, infant skincare doesn’t have to be a confusing chore. The loving brainchild of dermatologist mom Dr. Amy Kim, Baby Pibu produces the ideal combination of gentle, effective products made from high-quality, clinically-tested ingredients, so parents can focus less on figuring skincare out, and more on their tiny bundles of joy.

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