Lois Crouse

The Living Christmas Company

When Scott Martin (aka “Scottie Claus”) was a teenager, he worked delivering Christmas trees for a local nursery, and he loved it. He caroled while he delivered, and he felt as though his delivery signaled the start of the holidays for the happy families. The only problem was how...

The Coop Party Venue

Juliet Boydstun and Lucinda Kent came up with the idea for The Coop after one too many days spent in what they called a “party prison,” the venues made for children’s parties without any thought to the adults that have to hang out and wait for their children. The...

Fat Ass Fudge

Donna McCue brought Fat Ass Fudge to the Shark Tank—her grandmother’s recipe for gluten-free fudge made with organic goat’s milk and butter for the lactose intolerant. Her fudge was very popular (regardless of dietary requirements) around Long Island. She sold it to local restaurants, at farmers markets, and from...

Nearly Newlywed

Jackie Courtney was surprised that Shark Tank called her. She was, after all, “just a girl with a website and 50 wedding dresses” in her bedroom. Jackie started her online consignment business for wedding gowns for the brides who were breaking their budget on a gown or who have...

TieTry Neck Tie Subscription

Attorneys David Powers and Scott Tindle billed their business as “The Netflix for Ties.” TieTry was a neck tie mail-order rental service. Customers signed up for a monthly subscription, selected a tie based on style, pattern and width, and received their requested item in the mail a few days...

Corks Away Wine Cruise

Nathan Buffet and Shane Cianciolo started the Corks Away Wine Adventures more or less as a lark. They would take six customers on a luxurious sail boat ride along the California coastline, serving wine and appetizers. They were tremendously successful and expanded into beer, mimosas and couples cruises. They...

Revestor Real Estate Search Engine

Bill Lyons founded and operated a $20 million financial services business that specialized in mortgages and life insurance. And then the housing bubble of 2008 burst and Bill lost millions. He then created a real estate search engine, Revestor, for home buyers, investors and real estate professionals to search...

PC Classes Online

David Cox, as manager of an Apple store, had taught very popular computer classes. He noticed that his students tended to be 55 years and older. So David devised curricula for classes that people could take at home. His plan was to bundle the classes with hardware sold in...

No Fly Cone

Bruce Gaither retired as a professional poker player once he became a full-time dad. Due to his lifelong love of horses, he turned to training horses and giving riding lessons. His office was in the barn, which meant his office was filled with flies. He decided he could build...

The Shemie

Sheldon Wilder, creator of the Shemie, has been wildly successful—as a real estate agent. The Shemie was a modern version of a woman’s slip. Shelton Wilder had worked for years as a buyer and personal stylist for Nordstrom’s and saw that women of all sizes needed comfortable, sophisticated, sexy...

Scrub Daddy Magic Scouring Pads

Aaron Krause’s parents, both doctors, were concerned about what Aaron was going to do after college. All they knew was that he wasn’t headed to medical school. When they found out that his fervent desire was to own and operate a car-washing business, they were puzzled and still concerned....

Wired Waffles

Roger Sullivan had been through a few different businesses when he came up with the idea of combining an energy drink with waffles. The result was Wired Waffles, Belgium waffles made with caffeine, 200mg per serving. He had gone through several iterations until coming up with waffles that were...

Rock Bands Wristbands

Lee Dahlberg, a fashion model, pitched his Rock Bands on Shark Tank. That would be unisex leather bands (python, crocodile, snake, calf hides) embellished with exotic stones that Dahlberg claimed contain healing powers. The bands were attractive and well made. Robin Leach, who the sharks seemed to know personally...

CATE App Call and Text Eraser

CATE stands for “Call and Text Eraser.” The app hides calls and texts on a smart phone that the user does not want anyone (or someone in particular) to see. You can input the names and numbers that you want diverted to a hidden place on the phone. If...

Remyxx Recyclable Sneakers (ReKixx)

Gary Gagnon saw old sneakers tossed into the trash and was inspired: Why not recycle sneakers? Why not make them from recycled materials? ReMyxx (“Sneakers with a Purpose”) are durable, stylish and comfortable and come in bright, pretty colors and clever designs to appeal to all tastes, ages and...

Mix Bikini

Frank Scozzafava and Adam DiSilvestro pitched their mix-and-match swimsuits. Buy separate pieces (left and right tops, front and back bottoms) that are reversible and come in many colors and patterns and you have many swimsuits. It’s likely that you will have your own unique swimsuit. Two young women modeled...

SkyRide

SkyRide is an elevated human-powered monorail system invented by Scott Olson. Users sit in a capsule suspended from a rail and pedal or row, depending on which model being used. Scott created it for fitness, recreation and transportation. It’s accessible to people of all ages and all physical abilities—there...

Boot Illusions

Boot Illusions creators and business partners, Queenie Davis and Andrew Goodrum, introduced the leather and fabric “uppers” that slip over conventional high heels to turn them into fabulous boots. And you can switch from shoes to boots and back again in a matter of minutes. Simply zip the Illusions...

Nail Pak Nail Polish Kits

Barbara Lampugnale and her six daughters enjoyed getting together for “nail night.” The problem was gathering all the products that ended up in a jumble. So Barbara created a product that contained all of the items needed in one package: nail polish, pre-soaked remover pads and a file. She...

The Ave Custom Printed Apparel

Nick Romero, from Venice Beach, California, pitched his company, Ave Venice, a custom printing shop for clothing and sneakers. He bought a shirt-printing machine and spent two years modifying it and designing software so that he could print custom artwork on sneakers. The patent-pending plate that holds the sneakers...

Brewer’s Cow Ice Cream

Steve Albert, Larry Blackwell and Jason Conroy brought Brewer’s Cow Ice Cream to the Tank. Steve had been creating unique premium ice cream recipes for years and found a way to add beer flavoring to the ice cream. A woman dressed as a German barmaid handed out samples, and...

BarkEm’s To Go Dog Meals

Blake St. Clair liked taking his dog Rummy on vacation and camping, but he disliked having to lug around all of Rummy’s food, treats and water. There had to be a better way! Blake created BarkEm’s To Go so that he and other traveling pet parents have a convenient...

Vinamor Wine Aerator

Gary DeJohn invented the Vinamor, a wine aerator. Sit the Vinamor in the top of any wine glass. Pour wine into it so that it travels down a glass tube to a sphere, which exposes every angle of the wine to the air, so that it can breathe. The...

MisoMedia Guitar Lessons App

Aviv Grill, co-founder of Miso Media, created a revolutionary music education software for the iPad and iPhone. He developed an app to teach the user how to play a string instrument (guitar, banjo, ukulele, bass or mandolin) and an app for accessing a large catalog of sheet music. Aviv...