When was the last time you saw clothing that was an absolute showstopper? With the increasing buying power of the global middle class, clothing manufacturers are eager to cater to the unique styles and tastes of their customers. And many customers don’t want just anything: they want clothing that turns heads, makes them feel good and gets compliments. These are exactly the kinds of items that should be stocked in every retail store. But it’s hard to keep track of all the new and upcoming designers. One company that will save you time on that search is Lotty Dotty, which blends comfy organic cotton with playful creativity that will turn heads.
Worker B, a Minneapolis-based company, goes beyond just supplying quality organic skin products –– it also keeps its own bees. Quality ingredients form the foundation of Worker B’s success, since all of them are either organic or GMO-free. Worker B’s mission is simple: to help people with common skin problems. There is a large contingent of folks who cannot get relief for skin conditions from conventional treatments. Worker B is there for them with a natural skin line that contains no toxins, fillers or petrochemicals.
By Carolyn Kavarnos - Thursday, December 20th 2012
So many comforters, so few cribs on the retail floor. Nursery furniture stores always have a difficult choice to make for coveted display space. There are so many styles of coordinated crib soft goods available. Colors, textures, traditional or modern, and bold or neutral are just the beginning of many decisions retailers and parents need to make. For our latest bedding review, The Giggle Guide® looks at Bacati, The Little Acorn, Cotton Tale Designs, and Trend Lab.
Moms sometimes decide to dress down or forgo the fashionable in lieu of the comfortable and functional. Haute couture purses and scarves give way to bulky, pink monkey-splattered diaper bags and blue burp cloths. Parents don’t mind sacrifice when it comes to their children, but what if stylish adults didn’t have to give up looking great in order to schlep baby’s gear from place to place? Products that do double duty as functional and fashionable are especially trendy since both parents often work outside the home. Accessories from Funktion marry panache and utility in a natural way to serve a growing family’s needs and wants.
“Sound bites” are the news teasers of the airwaves. Lightening-speed information demands that we express ourselves in a snappy way much of the time. This new paradigm is what gives rise to slang, abbreviation (aka “text speak”) and sometimes, just plain poor English. While this may sound like the beginning of the end for our linguistic heritage, there is a ray of hope. Parents can teach their children the skills necessary to communicate succinctly and efficiently, in a style known as “talk less, say more”. Publishing house Little Snail Series encourages this type of heightened communication.
The Candy Cottage, developed by two busy moms who still wanted to enjoy family time, is a faux-gingerbread plastic cottage that snaps together. Instantly, the original time-consuming task of making, baking and assembling real gingerbread pieces went from a chore to a simplified family project. “We’re thrilled to see our dream take flight so quickly and be sold in so many specialty gift shops nationwide,” enthused Rhonda Dunn, one of Cottage Products, LLC’s co-owners. After a gangbuster first-showing at the 2011 AmericasMart® gift show in Atlanta, sales have continued to climb as stores clamor for the family-friendly Cottage.
Modular products appeal to a broad audience because they continuously offer a challenge. Kids come back to them time and time again, getting engaged in fresh ways with each new play experience. This is part of the reason that Knock-Knock Co.’s head honcho Jen Bilik immediately saw the enormous potential in Max Knecht’s hand-sewn cuddly wonder, the Clump-o-Lump. Max Knecht has had an eye on creating fun, functional products ever since he was 13, but it wasn’t until a fateful meeting with Jen Bilik that his lovable prototype toy became a star.
By Carolyn Kavarnos - Thursday, December 13th 2012
Sports fans and university alumni do not need to settle for pastels or neutrals when dressing their little one. Now, they can show their world that their team or alma mater has a brand new fan, sporting clothing and accessories from Little BIG Fan. The Little BIG Fan team is small but powerful with moms leading the business, dads cheering them on, and kids keeping everyone on track. Like the teams they support, they work and play hard to provide some of the best products for legions of fans. Passionate about creating products with a purpose that are stylish and fun, Little BIG Fan is for loyal sports fanatics.
There’s never a bad time to give a baby gift, but the perennial problem that plagues most givers is the selection. When it comes to babies and toddlers, this can be an especially tricky issue. Companies with long track records of service and quality are great places to start when it comes to solving this problem. Experience always tells, and this is true for businesses, too. AM PM Kids, an offshoot of the Mullins family company that has been serving customers for over 30 years, delivers quality gifts based on a strong understanding of what families want.
Even after a toddler is comfortable using the toilet, accidents happen. Remember that potty training is a complex skill in which a youngster has to both make and understand connections between their body and that big, porcelain throne. We have found that items from vendors, including Intelligent Potty, Clouds and Stars, Earth Friendly Products and Tots on Mars all help make toilet training a little easier. Parents appreciate having a range of helpful merchandise available to smooth the road to freedom from diapers.
We hope your customers are getting inspired by our newest feature, Dining with Dylan, and finding ideas to use in their own Itzy Ritzy Lunch Happens™ Bento Lunch Boxes.
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