Wild Child, a woman-owned, woman-operated business, specializes in natural, organic, and fair-trade clothing for wee folks, from those freshly born up to age seven. A boy can don a durable Liberty Graphics dino tee ($19.50), while a girl can be begarbed in a pre-shrunk Global Mamas batik sundress ($24.50). A cotton thermal blanket ($19.50) keeps babies and freshly baked pies warm, while accessories (such as a funky apron printed with ladybugs, $19.95) and toys (such as an organic monkey stuffed animal, $18) keep them entertained and stain-free. Many of Wild Child's clothes are tie-dyed and hand-painted vibrant hues by local artists, and 40% of the items in the store are Wild Child's own clothing line, giving children the opportunity to roll in the dirt in a shirt designed by a noggin attached to arms, legs, and a torso that once rolled in that same dirt.
The key to Zazzle.com?s success isn?t a 3,000-strong stock of T-shirts, phone cases, and accessories?it?s the fact that customers can express themselves on products before they're printed and shipped, generally within 24 hours. The website?s user-friendly design interface allows customers to affix their favorite pictures to messenger bags, scrawl personalized messages on coffee mugs, or insert their favorite movie character into family portraits. Zazzle.com also showcases designs from creative customers around the globe and big names such as Disney, Marvel, and The Who. Each product is made to order and bears a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
Organizing meet-and-greets with professional athletes, Sideline Marketing helps connect superstars with charities, major fans, and handwriting enthusiasts. Representing players with the NFL, the NHL, and the NBA alike, the agency has worked with such stars as Bo Jackson, Patrick Kane, Joakim Noah, and Kellen Davis. Through Sideline, these athletes?along with dozens more?have delivered inspiring speeches, sat for group photographs, and offered up their John Hancocks at memorabilia signings.
RG Natural Babies outfits future-adults in eco-friendly, kid-safe alternatives to mainstream child accessories. Husband-and-wife owners Bradley and Michelle started the business to shield their child from the harmful toxins present in disposable diapers and landfills from their lack of degradability. A natural, organic cloth diaper, such as a hemp diaper by Fuzzi Bunz ($21.95), swaddles baby bottoms in comfort, and a selection of bibs ($5.95–$16.95) takes care of the other end. In addition to baby necessities, RG Natural Babies carries bite-sized brain stimulating toys, such as organic cotton vegetable toys ($7 each) and natural maple teething rings ($16.50) made from a set of Abraham Lincoln's wood teeth. While at the store, parents can let their children enjoy the play area.