SimplytoImpress was founded in 2003 by Heather Hasse, a mother of five who grew tired of sending impersonal invitations and announcements. Instead, she wanted to find a simple way to place her own family's photographs on the celebratory cards she sent to friends and relatives. Now, with a team of top designers and artists, Simply to Impress offers customers the ability to create their own fully personalized cards, for everything from New Year's Cards to birthday invitations to wedding announcements.
The key to SimplytoImpress's site is its easy-to-navigate design software, which lets users upload photos from a computer or social sites such as Facebook and Instagram and then edit them quickly using filters and crop and rotate tools. Once the design is finished, it goes directly to a professional designer to be reviewed and checked for photobombing reindeer before it's printed on heavyweight card stock in full, vibrant color.
SillyBrandz keeps digital shoppers well accessorized with their vast collection of colorful, whimsical silicone wares ranging from Silly Slapz watches to Rad Ringz and LED-laden OMG iPhone cases. Silly Bandz can be scooped up in packs molded into shapes that represent themes such as Marvel comic-book heroes or Justin Bieber, and iJackets envelop iPods in soft yet protective skins of PVC that prevent scratches, ease the impact of drops, and bounce insults off the device and back at the insulter. A host of wrist ribbons and key chains show support for causes including America’s troops, and Hanger Buddiez keep clothes suspended from their animal-shaped shoulders.
Jessica Alba, actress, mother, and philanthropist, and Christopher Gavigan, a father and former CEO of a national nonprofit that taught parents how to protect their children from toxic risks, created The Honest Company in order to provide parents with eco-friendly, sustainable products safe for babies and families. Now, their socially responsible company supplies families with an ever-growing line of baby, bath, skincare, and cleaning products.
Every item the company ships out, it designs and manufactures on its own—and it backs its inventory with the Honestly Free Guarantee, an emphatic defiance against health-compromising chemicals and compounds. Customers can order completely personalized bundles, which contain everything from laundry detergent and bug spray to stylish patterned diapers designed to help kids feel more confident during their preschool interviews.
Zagat. ABC's Shark Tank, The Chew, and Good Morning America. These are just a few of the outlets that have been talking up Cousins Maine Lobster. Devised years ago during a video-game hockey match between cousins Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac, the company has now fulfilled their dream of pairing diners hungry for good food with sustainably-harvested lobster.
Both founders share roots in Maine, where their love for the succulent crustaceans sprouted. Today, LA locals flock to the Cousins food truck, which roams the streets serving lobster rolls, lobster mac 'n' cheese, and steaming bowls of lobster bisque. In Pasadena, Cousins Maine Lobster brings those dishes into a welcoming dining room, as customers curb their hunger with lobster pot pies. The Cousins team also sends Maine lobster to homes around the country through online orders, a far more efficient method than teaching their delivery pelican not to eat the merchandise.
Pictures of the Dutch countryside are often splashed with crimson sprays of tulips and sunny brushstrokes of daffodils. Through international importers, including many in the Netherlands, Holland Bulb Farms helps American gardeners experience the joy of these colors during the first days of spring. The online retailer traffics in tulips, daffodils, irises, and scilla of every hue and variety, as well as gardening tools such as animal repellent and plant protectors. Holland Bulb Farms can also help customers find the ideal bulbs for their geography and soil conditions, ensuring you don't make the unfortunate mistake of planting delicate alliums in poor soil or the difficult and arid conditions of a busy subway platform.
Originally founded by the CollegeHumor.com team, the artists behind BustedTees.com collaborate with comedians and well-known brands—such as Conan O’Brien and Funny or Die—to develop humorous clothing designs. Screen-printed on T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, or tank tops, these designs are part of a growing collection that expands each week. In addition to developing images for tops, BustedTees.com’s artists also apply their creativity to novelty products, from iPhone cases shaped like Nintendo controllers to moustache-shaped cookie cutters, which, like real moustaches, should only be cleaned in a dishwasher.