Blackout Bands modern day sleep masks were created in 2015 by Kellan Lutz and Evan Forsythe, the owners of Foresight Creative Group.
The idea came to Kellan after arriving home from shooting one of the “Twilight” films. He was surprised by a paparazzi on a Virgin flight, who photographed him sleeping, wearing the airline’s signature purple mask. Not happy at the image making the rounds of the tabloids, Kellan decided right then and there that he needed something different to fit his masculine movie persona.
After knocking ideas around, Kellan and Evan finally created the first blackout bands prototype. The glasses were specifically designed to bring a new look to the old scratchy sleep mask concept. With 98% UV400 coated non-transparent lenses, this sleep mask allows napping anywhere. Use them on the plane, at the beach, on the couch, or anywhere you need a quick snooze.
The birth of Blackout Bands led to the growth of the Blackout Travel line of products that are on the market today.
Julie Powers of Ashburn, Virginia is the owner and co-founder of Mom Things. She had worked as a meeting and event planner in the healthcare space for 20 years when she decided to put her business degree from Roanoke College to us and follow her passion to create a business that was focussed on moms.
Moms work hard! They spend their days taking care of everyone and everything else, and as a result rarely take time to pamper themselves. Being a mom herself, (to 2 small boys, Graydon and Rowan,) she knew firsthand how hard a mother works. So she created Mom Things, boxes that contained a beautiful selection of things that mom would love. She wanted women everywhere to feel spoiled and appreciated. And that’s what happens when they open a Mom Things box and see all the wonderful things Julie and her team have curated just fro them. Nothing goes in a Mom Things box that Julie doesn’t love and use herself.
Julie's mission for Mom Things is simple…in the midst of every day chaos, make a Mom feel special.
Mojgan Anvari-Brumby calls Massachusetts home, but her roots are in her native Iran. She arrived in the US on a mission—to provide healthy skin care without harmful ingredients to all who wanted it. A friend had experienced a breast cancer scare, and Mojgan began researching the suspected links between certain illnesses and skin products. And that research led her to remembering the homemade, simple remedies her mother, grandmother and aunt had created in their kitchen back in Iran.
That was the spark that led her to create Blue Monarch Skincare. Her brand combines the traditional Persian remedies handed down from her family with the most advanced technology and research. Her products only contain raw, natural ingredients, such as cucumber extract, aloe vera juice and orange oil. And the collection is free of any synthetic or harmful additives.
“Everything is made in the USA and never tested on animals. They’re tested on me!” says Mojgan. “Knowledge is power. From what we eat, to how we exercise our minds and bodies, to what we put on our skin, we need information, supported by facts and free from jargon, to make the right decisions for ourselves and our families."
Kathy Cohen of Connecticut created the Icybag after everything melted in her cosmetic bag on her wedding day.
She was tired of dealing with melted lip balm, makeup, lipstick and protein bars, and thought there had to be a solution to this problem, but she couldn't find a stylish cooling bag anywhere. So, she decided to create one herself! She designed a prototype, hired a manufacturer, and sold the first batch of bags at a trade show in South Carolina. And they sold out!
Kathy’s mission is to now help others who want to take their essential items with them and not have them get ruined. The Icybag is a compact and fashionable bag that eliminates the worry that its contents will get hot, sticky, or melted.
Kathy’s customers love that the Icybag is multi-functional, water resistant, easy to travel with and looks great. Whether it's your must-have makeup items, snacks on the go, essential medications, or your favorite lip balm, Icybag has them covered! Now that’s what we call cool.
Jackie Hart, a Georgia resident, created the Sleep Tight Nightgown to bring support and comfort for the ladies. With a built-in bra, this gown looks great enough to wear around the house at night, or while hanging out watching TV.
So how did she get here? After creating the Private Holdings Boxer Brief for men, she decided that the "ladies" needed a little support too! Jackie was tired of wearing a sports bra under her PJs, hauling robes on trips or having to go to the door with her hands strategically placed in front of her chest.
Her daughter soon discovered the Sleep Tight was the perfect nursing bra. And sadly after her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, she also saw how valuable a Sleep Tight Gown could be for post-op mastectomy patients.
Size up if in doubt. There are adjustable straps to help it fit just right!!
Kevin Hoy, of Arizona, is a proud father of an awesome son, a U.S. Veteran, and a dedicated entrepreneur, who created the original Smart Apron design while waiting tables at Red Robin. Kevin's first Waist Style Smart Apron prototype was simple but allowed him to test his idea of building a multi-functional apron with 7 pockets, two zippers and other innovative features. This new apron made him more efficient at this job, and he began to think about how he could help others with this new innovative item.
After years of testing, creating over 100 prototypes, developing 10 different designs, perfecting a balance between fabric and components, and learning about the countless pitfalls in mass production, the Smart Apron is now poised to revolutionize work apron design.
Kevin is fortunate to have three long-time supporters join him to create today's Smart Apron team; Hans Schramm, Joe Kepler and Kieran Hoy. Together they have worked tirelessly to ensure that every new Smart Apron design works perfectly for their customers.
Talk about an accidental entrepreneur…that would be Kendra Kroll, of Chicago, Illinois. She didn't expect to start a company just because her (spare) tampon fell out of her pants pocket at the gym, but that’s really what happened!
That episode made her realize pockets in clothes are not always effective, and there had to be a better way to secure personal items.
The PortaPocket was created to be the solution to all those non-working or nonexistent pockets in your clothes.
She filed for a patent and trademarked the name PortaPocket while simultaneously embarking on the odyssey to the unknown…product development. Although she had a 17 year history in special events sales and marketing, she had no background in this particular subject but just took the leap anyway.
It took ~2-1/2 yrs in development and that was a rather interesting journey in itself…one where she measured all kinds of people’s body parts, while trying to keep a straight face, explaining to them how she was going to make a something so they could strap a lipstick or cell phone onto their leg.
Kendra and her team have been gratified that PortaPocket has been so helpful in making users' lives better. They serve folks from many different walks of life— from travelers, exercisers, medical device users, pet lovers, dancers, wheelchair users, bridesmaids and more. It's all about keeping your small essentials handy & accessible while going about your day.
On a rainy day in South Carolina several years ago, Nieci Pryor realized that her 2 fur babies were feeling restless, having been cooped up in the house all day. She decided to give them some treats, but to her surprise, they simply sniffed, thought about it for a second, and walked away!
Nieci began thinking about dog treats. And what was actually in them. And how they might really not be good for her animals. Or any animals. She had changed to organic eating as the result of a chronic back disease, so she thought, “Why not make the change for my pets?”
And the idea for Nieci’s Green Bites was born. She got to work and created a line of tasty, all organic pet treats for everyone to enjoy. Nowadays, Nieci’s dogs never say no to a treat—and that’s the best customer review she could hope to have! She looks forward to introducing many more pets to her treats on Shop Local.
It all began with a mid-life crisis, when I began to realize that the corporate culture at ABC, Disney and I were no longer laughing at the same jokes. It was the universe telling me it was time to move on.
My Mama, Geraldine Cunningham, a genuine Southern Treasure in her own right, had been making her cheese straws for many years. Folks would descend upon them like locusts, begging for the savory treats at every occasion.
I couldn't leave Geraldine's cheese Straws alone, and Mama Geraldine's would not leave me alone, and I soon became obsessed with the idea of creating a business out of cheese straws. It seemed like the perfect thing for me to do after leaving the corporate world. These snacks embodied all things sacred to me. Family, southern traditions, fun, and passion for extraordinarily great food.
I dove in head first, and I am so happy to report that Mama Geraldine's Cheese Straws have become a welcomed addition to many cheese boards throughout the country.
It has become my mission in life to spread the joy of Mama Geraldine’s to the world. Today Mama Geraldine’s Cheese Straws are a top selling baked cheese savory snack, so we must have done something right.
Snack on Y’all!
Because of our very active lifestyles---with work, family, & social activities, we found ourselves constantly looking for one of our purses, wallets, keys, phone, etc. It seemed nearly impossible to keep our necessary items all in one place. But one day, we decided that there HAD to be a better way to carry all of our stuff---without hauling luggage everywhere. We began with a simple sketch, & spent over a year in design + development of TREK.
Now we're ready to share with you our better way to carry your phone & essentials. We know that you will LOVE it too! It’s time to DITCH YOUR PURSE & FREE YOUR HANDS with TREK!
The inception for the BlocAid Barrier Glove story came at that moment when the world came to realize that the pandemic was here to stay and was not going to pass quickly. Having spent the better part of 36 years developing and producing technical gloves, we felt a need to create a personal PPE solution that focused on the hands and all that we touch day to day. One critical aspect of this mission was to create the science around and produce the product right here in the USA. We partnered with EcoZinc to use their patented Zinc based technology and extrude the anti bacterial and anti UV properties directly into the yarns and fibers for our gloves. It was also imperative that our solution would be eco friendly as mountains of discarded single use PPE are showing up in local landfills.
Our product is effective in creating a cleaner personal environment for the wearer, is safe for the body while continuously killing surface bacteria and germs and is also far better for the planet.
The story of the Doorbell Boa began when Co-Founder James Pritchett was relocating back to the Atlanta area and living in an apartment. After realizing that he was restricted from mounting anything outside of his apartment, he partnered with Co-Founder Doug Ohlson and they set out to create the world's first side-door mounting video doorbell protective container. It's a solid design that not only protects your home, but protects your video doorbell too.
It's been a whirlwind ride so far. We sold out our first shipment after a few months on the market. We've had over 12 million views on Tik Tok from real customers sharing their own experiences using the Boa. Our mission is to deliver a new level of security for renters, college dorm students and travellers.
Pretty in Pinkston Skincare is a skincare line with a purpose. A black-owned, luxury skincare line founded by former runway model, Kimberly Pinkston, it was developed for the purpose of promoting healthy skin and maintaining that melanin glow.
After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Kimberly’s personal passion became helping to find a cure for MS, and to help young black girls pursue their dreams of becoming models. The company features black fashion models on the brand’s labels for maximum exposure and to help fund their education.
She also teaches runway to girls from underprivileged communities.
Even the model on her website is one of her students. “I want to get them as much positive exposure as possible. 20% of all sales are donated to the MS Foundation so that hopefully in the future no one else has to go through the pain of MS. We also have a scholarship fund for the young ladies in my program who want to go to college. I love giving back! Someone helped me on my journey, and now I get to pay it forward,” she said.
All the products are vegan, gluten-free, sulfate-free, cruelty-free, silicone-free, talc-free, paraben-free, and eco-friendly!
Prop My Pix was created to display to special holiday cards sent from friends and family.
Rather than throw them in a basket or tape them to the wall, I wanted to stand each one up like a picture frame on the mantle. After quite a few designs (and much-wasted cardstock), I developed and patented the perfect product! The props are removable and won’t damage your cards, and they are reusable, too. Not only do they display holiday cards beautifully, but they are also great for displaying invitations, memorabilia, photographs, small signage, and so much more. Prop My Pix: Stick, Display, Remove, Reuse!
Since 1966, Chip’s Family Restaurant has been a place for people to connect over breakfast, create memories with family, grab a bite before or after an event, and so much more! Chip’s Restaurant is built on quality, service, and community. In 2003, when George Chatzopoulos took over he made sure to maintain that culture. The restaurant continues to make everything from scratch, and Georgie, the employees, and generations of customers know that this makes a big difference.
George Chatzopoulos, better known as Georgie, immigrated to the United States from Greece in 1987 and worked in the restaurant business for many years. Being proud of his Greek heritage, George has fused Mediterranean favorites with traditional American comfort food to create a diner that Orange,CT loves. Georgie’s philosophy is “We are here because of the local people; I believe that providing great service, high-quality food, and a friendly atmosphere will keep our customers coming back”. The Chip’s famous pancake mix is being offered in a kit along with pure maple syrup and a delicious coffee blend so you can bring Chip’s home to your kitchen!
Little Aller-G's, LLC is a kid's allergy awareness apparel company. Established in 2020, this brand’s aim is to spread awareness about food allergies while making kids clothing that is fun to wear.
Helping parents ensure that their kids who have allergies are safer in the world is the most important thing to founder Lena Phan. Babies and toddlers who are unable to speak for themselves can now be protected and these garments provide parents with peace of mind as they send their little ones to school, parties, and social events!
Little Aller-G's is here for all the little G's in the world.
Swaddle Magic was created entirely by accident but out of sheer necessity. Maryana Ruano’s daughter slept great while she was swaddled, but very quickly learned how to free an arm or sometimes even both. Suddenly she was wide awake and so were her parents. Thus, the dilemma began. They purchased every swaddle imaginable and none seemed to work. Though some worked better or longer than others, unfortunately their “Houdini” baby managed to escape them all!
That is when Maryana realized if any of her family were ever going to sleep again, she would have no choice but to make her own swaddle.Eventually, she came up with an idea for a dual swaddle that would actually include the shoulders and hoped this would prevent her from wiggling out. She started sleeping through the night and wasn’t able to break free. At that moment she knew this was something great and she wanted nothing more than to share it with parents everywhere. It took several years before they were able to make Swaddle Magic™ a reality, but it is finally here!
Love. Brunch! The decadent french toast, those fluffy eggs, and of course, the cocktails at your favorite restaurant. But as a mother of two, there came a point in time where my love for all things brunch became a dream in the rearview mirror.. So when I couldn't make it out to my favorite restaurant for that mimosa, I decided to make an in-home alternative. That was the birth of On the Rocks Gourmet Jams.
I shared the idea with Jaz, my partner, and co-owner, who loved it so much that he began blending his own personal favorites!
To share with my kids, I created fun names and various fruits without alcohol for their enjoyment! One taste and you will come to love the jams as much as we do.
We are thrilled to introduce Shop Local to our alcohol-free collection.
It is our mission to provide you with a new spread for your pantry that is sure to turn any ordinary meal into an extraordinary one.