Mélange Collection, a gift and home accessories company, offers an eclectic mixture of fabulous handmade Fair Trade products from around the world, including exotic plushies, handcrafted by artisans in Peru and Guatemala. Made from soft-as-cashmere alpaca wool, these quirky creatures abound with personality, and are sure to captivate and delight kids of all ages. Mélange Collection has cultivated excellent working relationships with its artisans through community-based organizations, ensuring that all workers are provided with a safe environment and living wages while creating Mélange products.
For over forty years, Elegant Baby has been about fresh fashions and smart products for cool kids. This year’s collection of mid-year releases includes new takes on some of our most popular products, as well as brand new bright ideas that are sure to please.
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.
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”!
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!
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!
World Market Center Las Vegas is proud to announce an encore to last Market’s crowd-pleasing opening night celebration. The second annual “Alfresco, A Taste of Las Vegas” will bring together flavors that tantalize during an unforgettable Las Vegas evening, Monday, August 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on opening night of Summer Las Vegas Market, Gift+Home and Vegas Kids.
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.
Oomfy has released a range of adorable plush dolls with companion books. Each doll represent an actual orphaned animal from the Limpopo region of South Africa, whose story is told in pictures and text in the delightful companion board book. Little ones will love each charming and true oomfy story presented in these brightly colored educational books. The snugly soft dolls are made from super soft rose swirl plush. The were simply made to hug. Only non-toxic certified Azo-free dyes are used in our products.