2007 kicked off the second largest baby boom in U.S. history, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. This presents today’s gift and home furnishings retailers a unique opportunity to grow their businesses and increase crossover customers.
An extravaganza full of the newest designs and fabulous creations is at the The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®, running July 14th through July 21st at AmericasMart. With more than 4,000 showrooms and an abundance of temporary booths, you can be sure to find exactly what you need for the upcoming season, all in one place! The Giggle Guide® spotlights just a few of the exhibitors to whet your appetite: A Light in the Night, Acting Out, Chi Chi Baby, and Dead Sea Pavilion.
New, from Bumkins, Snack and Lunch Boxes! Made from the same unique, waterproof fabric as the Bumkins SuperBib, the Bumkins Lunch and Snack boxes come in a variety of colorful prints your customers are sure to love. From Dr. Seuss to Keith Haring, and our original Bumkins design prints, these stylish food storage sets are a great addition to any diaper bag, and perfect for the mom on the go! The insulated interior and waterproof exterior makes these bags the ultimate for storing baby food, bottles, snacks, and lunches.
Beba Bean began its business by solving a piddly diapering problem parents of boys know all too well — avoiding getting showered by the fountain of youth! After the birth of her second child, Alex, Lisa Malcic noticed that no product existed to prevent wee willie’s weeing all over her and her husband, Peter. Thus, she was inspired to create the Pee-pee Teepee™, the topper that conveniently contains old faithful’s trouble that starts with a “P”!
Spring 2011 comes from inspirations of fabric,monkeys, and requests from my daughter for full, “round and round” skirts and dresses. The skirts are cute alone or with a petticoat or tutu underneath for more fullness. Peaceful monkeys wear shades, give signs of peace, and spin round and round in hula hoops. They try to catch butterflies but catch laughs and smiles instead.
Where I am the weather is heating up and approaching one hundred. So am I making swimwear or short outfits for little monkeys to wear in the sun? Well, what we are making lots of are Santa Monkeys and Angel Monkeys. Hopefully tey are on your list of things you would like to see under someone’s tree, or to see them wear during the holidays.
When top fashion designers look for creative inspiration, there is no place more vibrant and filled with unique patterns than the animal kingdom. Zebras, leopards, cheetahs, and tigers sport showy spots, stripes and tons of other fun patterns. Eye-catching animal prints have long been reflected in fashion, but today’s savvy designers offer plenty of faux fur designs, so animal lovers can proudly don their favorite animals’ colors. cachcach, Biscotti and Corky & Company have perfectly captured the stunning style of nature’s critters, in animal-activist approved fabrics, faux furs and wild trims, that have all the stylish kids taking a walk on the wild side!
As the owner of No Slippy Hair Clippy ®, Annie Salyer is immersed in all things girly — bows, ribbons, flowers, barrettes, and fabric. But this mother of two boys isn’t complaining. “Honestly, I think most girls love hair accessories,” she says. “I grew up with four sisters, and we were always putting clips, ribbons and bows in our hair. I definitely have more of a passion now, especially after serving as the sole Hair Clippy designer the past six years.”
Opened in 1971, Closic’s Baby & Teen has grown to become the largest children’s furniture and accessories retailer in Delaware Valley. The two-story, 14,000 square-foot showplace prides itself in making new and growing families feel at home. The first floor is dedicated to infants and the nursery, while the second floor is geared toward children and young adults. Zora Sawyer shares how she “grew” into owning and managing Closic’s and how being a good listener has helped her satisfy customers with children, from crib to college.
“Sugar Babies” located in Old Town Temecula, California is one of the most unique boutiques we’ve recently discovered. Sugar Babies, is a Specialty Shoppe that carries the best quality toys, gifts, shoes, clothing and accessories. Owner Lisa De la Torre prides herself in handpicked items that are age appropriate and only found in the most discriminating stores.
Cooking together has been a recipe for bonding and memory making with children for generations. Kids love stirring it up with Mom, Dad and Grandma. In addition to getting to “lick the spoon,” children learn about healthy ingredients, simple math, flavorful spices and basic cooking skills. However, as any good chef knows, cooking can make a fine mess! Aprons are therefore an essential “uniform” in the kitchen. Colorful aprons from Art•Style•Design Living can make kids (and their assistants) look and feel like real chefs!