Product. People. Price. These have long been the triple threat in success. Old marketing texts told me that one can have two, but usually not all three. ZoLi is an exception, as this top notch company offers the best of all three. Julia Shaw shares a personal look behind the ZoLi brand that she founded with her husband Chet Hong to provide young families with environmentally-safe, functional and sustainable product solutions, with a primary focus on a variety of feeding aids that feature modern, colorful and contemporary designs with easy practicality. I believe their success story has many more interesting chapters and look forward to seeing their future.
Bitybean bills itself as the Cleverly Compact Child Carrier and satisfied customers attest to its practicality and ease of use. This carrier is smaller and lighter than any soft-sided carrier currently on the market. It can be tidily tucked away in a pocket or bag! It is designed to tote infants and toddlers from eight to forty pounds. Your customers will be delighted to find a classy carrier that weighs in at a mere eight ounces and is as teensy as a child’s water bottle. Designed and developed by a socially-conscious Vermont company, Bitybean is the brainchild of company founder, Doug Hartwell.
Everyone is in on the emerging mustache trend — even kids and women! The hippest and happiest youngsters will love the Wry Baby Snapsuit featuring a joke about the mustache’s return to fashion. Your brightest customers will take a shine to the clever disguise SunStaches sunglasses, including vampire and geek sub-trends. Given how fast trends can change, temporary might be the answer. StacheTATS will deliver on the craze without having to go crazy with a razor. Neon Eaters also joins the party with their stache-festooned socks for youngsters.
If today’s business environment seems to be challenging, imagine being a young woman starting a business very shortly after gaining the right to vote in your homeland. The Roaring 20s were host to powerful men at the helms of companies, but a woman-owned business was somewhat of a rarity. This didn’t deter the vision of one woman, Madame Beatrice Alexander: her desire to create beautiful, quality dolls carried the Alexander Doll Company forward into the next century as a powerhouse in fine dolls and accessories. Now celebrating its 90th year in operation, Madame Alexander has spread joy to thousands of little girls, while generously supporting various philanthropic causes.
In March, Playtime New York explored the whole idea of space, from personal to inter-stellar, to space-time travel and wide open spaces. Every year since it began in 2007, Playtime has selected an artist to illustrate its trade fairs in Paris, Tokyo and New York. This year, taking off on last season’s successful collaboration, the noted artist was once again American illustrator Patrick Hruby who lent his talents to exploring the winter face of the geometric universe. Playtime’s 2013 fall edition showcased more than 100 children’s brands, including Little Flock of Horrors, Bella Bundles, belle&beanzer, and Fabulous Goose.
You own your own business because you know that it’s more than just making a profit — it’s about using your talents to make a difference. You work hard to find the best products for your customers because it’s more than just the bottom line — it’s about long-term relationships and service. Which is why it’s important to not only partner with companies that have great products, but also promote better living. Toys By Teens is a company that’s giving high school students a window on the realities of business, but with a helping hand.
The development of character is woefully diminished if parents are trying to keep up with the Joneses. While worrying about whether little Molly can walk before her playmate or whether Tommy knows his ABCs in three languages, parents occasionally ignore the most important part of life: good morals. My Friend Huggles are life-size friendship dolls that capture kids’ attention and hearts with positive messages. Kids love to hug and snuggle up with them, but they are also educational because each one has its own positive personality trait for children to embrace.
Poppy Drops is recognized for its fresh take on modern accessories for kids & Moms alike.
AMEX Open Forum, a wealth of resources for business owners - videos, articles, blogs, podcasts, and expert advice to boost your business, sponsored by American Express OPEN, has featured the founder of Poppy Drops, Shelly Coffman, as a “Game-Changer” in today’s business market.
Buddy stories have always been popular among children and adults alike. The idea of two (or more) friends joined together on a journey, facing challenges and learning new things, is one that will never go out of style. Night Buddies, Impostors and One Far Out Flying Machine is story of a group of friends, who although very different from one another, share a special bond that takes them on some wild adventures. Author Sands Hetherington is a North Carolina resident with a passion for telling creative and interesting stories to children. He was inspired to write the Night Buddies series by bedtime stories he used to tell to his son John. They enjoyed expanding on the themes and tossing ideas around until their stories grew and took on a life of their own.
Office chairs are designed with a wide range of ergonomic functions to improve back posture and the work environment. Until now, this same attention to back pain has not been extended especially to new mothers. Momby Baby Support changes all of that. A new mom’s back gets tired for many reasons: c-section pain, carrying the new baby, toting gear and from repetitive feeding at awkward angles. With frequent feeding intervals, the back pain can interfere with daily participation in her child’s life. Conventional breastfeeding pillows offer little support for an aching back. The Momby Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding Support is a revolutionary product that provides supportive materials and an ergonomic design to help reduce back stress and make feeding easier for mom and baby.