Thousands of NEW showroom square feet opened their doors for the first time in Chicago, offering buyers even more NEW product with exceptional show deals and incentives.
“January was such an uplifting show in sales and everyone’s moods. Customers were ready to buy and bought more lines to try out. I think there was good synergy between the mart events and marketing and the customer. People noticed and commented on all the little details.”
– Blanch Nastovski, Sarm & Nastovski
If there’s a life lesson that always holds true, it’s that it pays, often literally, to look and plan ahead. Even though it’s technically still winter, for retailers it’s the season to prepare for next fall. All too quickly, spring and summer days will breeze by, and it’s back to school for the kids, and back to the store for Mom and Dad. Don’t miss the buying bus! Now is the ideal time to do your homework on what products will make the grade in your store for Fall 2011. Plan to succeed with up-to-the-minute fashions, necessities and accessories from Little Packrats, Redfish Kids Clothing, The Tin Box Company, and PB GREEN.
The 2011 Fall buying season has arrived, and retailers hoping to make the grade are diligently studying the selection of back-to-school necessities for boys. Even the most tenured retailer will tell you that the choices can be overwhelming! Thankfully, The Giggle Guide® is an open book on A+ buys for the little guys on campus. From the latest lunch gear and book bags to hip and happenin’ clothes, our curriculum highlights first-rate finds that pass both parents’ and kids’ criteria with flying colors! So sharpen your No. 2 pencil and take note of these exemplary products from Kids Konserve, Beatrix, Knuckleheads, and Wonderboy.
Spring is in the air! To prepare for days filled with park strolls and sidewalk chalk, it’s time to invest in products for warmer weather. The Giggle Guide® has found some surefire hits to help you spring into phenomenal sales this season! With the Orbit Baby Stroller, picnics, events and shopping become a breeze for parents with more than one little one. For family outings and school field trips, Milano Series’ Lunch Totes are the perfect way to keep kids’ lunches cool and close at hand. Last, but never least, kids scream with joy for JUMPAROO™ BOING™ Jumping Sticks by Geospace!
The days of lugging an overstuffed, humdrum diaper bag with little to no finesse are gone! Ju-Ju-Be brings a hip new look with fortified uses to baby bags, backpacks and accessories. The brand is the brainchild of Kristen Hunziker and Joe Croft, who are both parents themselves. Boasting years of experience working with top companies, such as Lands End and Oakley, they turn what was once considered utilitarian type items into remarkably stylish and desirable products. Kristen applies her impeccable fashion sense in apparel merchandise, production and design, while Joe puts his inventive and technological skills to work.
Parents of young children appreciate items that make everyday life with a baby easier and more convenient. This is especially true for parents who travel frequently; being on the road with a baby or toddler is a challenge. Feeding, in particular, can be tricky business for the intrepid family. Young children tend to be rambunctious at mealtimes, and let’s not even talk about the mess factor! BambinOz, an Australia-based company, offers products that make it a snap to feed baby whether at home or on-the-road. These unique, ultra-convenient items leave parents wondering how they got by so long without them!
Roundhouse Design Collaborative, the makers of the Oh Plah! Teething Bracelet are happy to welcome three new sales reps to their sales force. MDA Sales in Seattle is covering WA, ID, AK and MT; they can be reached at 206.525.7597 or
. With the territory of OH, N.KY, W.PA, and WV, Judy Wein, with rep group Knox and Associates, can be reached at 216.832.3456 or
. And lastly, Michelle Moore of Babies and Moore covers KS, MO, NE, IA and can be reached at 816.245.9648 or
Mealtime with kids can sometimes prove to be a challenge. Often more food ends up on the table than in little ones’ bellies! On top of the mess, children tend to get bored sitting and waiting for their parents to finish. Modern-twist has designed an eco-chic solution to mealtime mayhem, while making a trendy statement in any modern home. Modern-twist’s stylish, silicone placemats offer a non-porous, germ-free surface, making clean-up a breeze. Equally appealing are the placemats’ cool graphics, which invite children to channel their creative side by using wipe-off markers to express themselves.
The fun, funny, fabulous concept known as Silly Souls was hatched in 2000 and launched in 2002 — originally branded as babygags. The line was the original irreverently funny line of apparel and accessories for the coolest babies. The company evolved to a more whimsical, silly style and rebranded as Silly Souls when they launched their super baby shoe line. Across their product range, the brand’s goal remains to inspire laughter and the sunny, funny side of parenthood — including the silly personalities that each baby comes with.
They have been immortalized in marble, regaled in poetry, noted in song, and celebrated with commemorative days. They have been reflected in the adoring faces of little children, had their names tattooed on their sons’ arms and their figures captured in crayon on their daughters’ refrigerator art. In whatever language — madre, muti, moeder, mère, mãe — they are mothers! Recently, www.Babble.com chose the “Top 50 Mompreneurs of 2011” to honor for their entrepreneurial spirit and prowess. Among the distinguished honorees are Kelly Meyer Douglas of Itzy Ritzy, Jenny Ford of Monkey-Toes, Julie Aigner-Clark of Baby Einstein, and Aileen Chen of Belly Armor. Congratulations!