Here are some local entrepreneurs who are part of the PrincetonKIDS community and have created unique children’s products capturing widespread acclaim.
Karin and George Telegadis, Ah Goo Baby®
Last year Princeton Kids profiled Princeton-based Ah Goo Baby® and its husband/wife team founders, Karin and George Telegadis. Ah Goo Baby® produces a increasingly popular baby product called, The Plush Pad®, and will be adding a handful of new product concepts into the market with the next 6 months. Since we first reported, the company has grown considerably since it began in 2005 and is not slowing anytime soon. Launching their first product The Plush Pad® in 2007, their products can now be found in hundreds of boutiques across the US and internationally. In addition, it’s also now sold in major retail locations such as Nordstrom and Buy Buy Baby, and will be announcing the addition of several other national retail partners who will launch the product this Fall.
In addition to expanding retail outlets, Karin Telegadis (native of Princeton) was awarded top honors from 2009 Start-up Nation’s Top 200 Leading Women in Business Competition, and the product continuously receives recognition from major press (including features on The Today Show, major parenting magazines, regional parenting magazines/TV, local papers such as Princeton Packet and US 1, and practically every reputable mommy blog in existence).
Karin’s husband, George, plays a very critical role at Ah Goo Baby® while he manages their national force of sales reps, international distributors, overseas material sourcing/production, and marketing. Karin and George hope to be an inspiration to all individuals and couples who would like to venture into business for themselves; Karin and George have offered their time and feedback to many who have come to them for their advice and guidance. Karin warns though “Now that our company has grown to the level it is, I have to be clear that having a partner (aka. my husband) is the reason we are ‘where we are’ today. We sort of divide the roles and conquer. Launching a home-based business takes commitment, dedication, and time. It’s absolutely achievable to begin a business on your own in the beginning stages, but if it takes off, you will need help. Whether it be from your spouse, family member or friend, reach out when things begin to seem out of control or beyond a one-person job. Whatever little help you can get, will be more help than you had before!” Karin also suggests that you take things slowly and don’t get yourself overwhelmed. Take every step as it comes and don’t expect the business to explode into millions overnight.
More about The Plush Pad®:
The Plush Pad® by Ah Goo Baby® is a patented multi-purpose memory foam surface for your baby…bringing the comfort of the nursery into any room and any place.
· Diaper Changes
· Tummy Time
· Infantbr /arent classes
· Around Your Home
· On-The Go
· Features a thick memory foam cushion that relaxes the baby by molding to his curves and relieving her tiny pressure points; baby will relish the experience of being changed;
· Machine washable and water-resistant.
Different Ways The Plush Pad® Can Be Used:
. The Plush Pad® is used constantly (24/7) around the home; no need to run to the nursery for every change when you have The Plush Pad®;
. Some use it as their only changing surface if they are looking to conserve space;
. Leave it open during hotel stays for weeks at a time as a changing station;
. Great for tummy time when baby begins to practice lifting themselves and general lounging/exercise for infant/parent classes;
. Leave it at the grandparents for a comfortable change when they watch the grandkids;
. Toss it in the back of the stroller or the car for a quick change while on the road;
. Take it to beach or park, so baby can relax on a soft and cozy surface;
. Replace the plastic/vinyl changing pad in one’s diaper bag with The Plush Pad®, for a really comfortable daily change for baby.
Visit ahgoobaby.com for more information.
Katy Terry, Little Tumblers Table Toppers
Katy Terry created Little Tumblers Table Toppers out of necessity. When Katy’s toddler began to pull herself upright on the coffee table, Katy knew she needed a safety solution. She developed the idea for the Little Tumblers Table Topper — a safety cover used to childproof coffee tables.
It was important to Katy that the Little Tumblers Table Topper serve a safety purpose, but also look great, to maintain the aesthetics of her customers’ living rooms.
Katy sewed all of the products herself (in her dining room) for the first six+ months of business and stopped only when she was too pregnant to continue. She still runs the business out of her home while raising her two young children. Now she has two wonderful local women seamstresses and a factory owned and run by a woman to produce her standard-sized products.
Prior to starting Little Tumblers, Katy taught for Princeton Day School. Katy graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A., and earned her MA from the St. John’s College Graduate Institute.
She is involved with local charities, including Trinity Counseling Services and the Lawrenceville Women’s Club.
Cricket and Brian Allen, bot fortified water
bot fortified water was started by local husband and wife team, Cricket and Brian Allen. When their twins girls hit the “juice box” age, they were blown away by the sugar content, its ability to squirt and stain at each attempt to sip and the overall packaging – so they decided to create bot fortified water to meet their and other parent’s needs for hydrating their kids, well.
Their goal was to create the best tasting, all natural, low-sugar fortified water for kids with a friendly, contemporary package that is a rewarding and fun experience for both parents and kids.
What is bot?
bot is good. naturally good. no artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or preservatives. low in sugar and calories and fortified with vitamins B3, B5, B6 and B12.
bot comes in 3 flavors: grape, berry and orange.
bot tastes great – flavorful, refreshing, crisp, clean and clear – not too sweet.
80% less sugar than leading kids juices = 9g/sugar and 40/calories per 12 oz serving.
bot, the name – the Allen twins first word!