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”!
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!
Accessories can make or break an outfit, even for babies and children. The right pair of socks or tights can add the perfect touch to an adorable outfit or a classy dress. LE BIG knows that it’s these small details and finishing touches that help make outfits more memorable. These small details can also make a big impact when it comes to retailers’ bottom lines! LE BIG originated in Holland in 1977. Today, business has expanded to cities worldwide, including Antwerp, Belgium; Berlin, Germany; Sydney, Australia; and New York City.
The long, carefree days of summer have begun, with seemingly endless sunshine for outdoor fun. However, a few rainy days are always sprinkled in when families find themselves stuck indoors. Days of inclement weather provide the perfect opportunity for parents to bond with their kiddos, whether it be with lively board games, addictive puzzles, music-appreciation, or make-believe storytelling. The Giggle Guide® presents entertaining toys and games from Uncle Skunkle Toys, JOOJOO, House of Marbles and P’kolino, that keep kids learning and bring families together for a refresher course in focusing on fun!
Mixing rainy days with children can be a recipe for disaster. When kids are stuck indoors, they get antsy, loud, and BORED! Cooped up kids are dangerous to family health, as they push just the right buttons to drive parents crazy, or at least to distraction. Retailers to the rescue! Help families quickly cool down the kids’ cabin fever with entertaining products from The Little Experience, eebee, GIANTmicrobes, and Buckyballs. With a surplus of tedium tamers on hand, your business will be on your customers’ list of “fun places to go,” and they will happily spend extra time and money in your store.
Our first Baby Shop Hop (www.babyshophop.com) is due September 1, 2010, but our newest event wouldn’t be complete without a chance to give back to the community that makes our Shop Hops possible! For each logo found and clicked on during the Baby Shop Hop we will make a donation to a charity.
Which charity, you ask? That’s for YOU to help us decide. Starting June 1, Shop Hop Productions launched their “Charity Select” contest.