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Kanga Koozie Cooler For Cases

It didn’t take the five guys long to come up with a problem. There they were, at a tailgate party, waiting to cheer on their beloved Clemson Tigers and—What?!-—drinking warm beer. Sure, they had coolers, but they were big and bulky and heavy as heck filled with ice. Better...

Haven Door Lock

You never know when and where and how that idea will come to you. The concept behind HAVEN Locks occurred to Alex Bertelli when he was a helicopter pilot flying for Army Special Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He saw that insurgents were fortifying their homes and compounds by...

Press Waffle Co.

There are no Belgian waffles in Belgium. It’s true. Waffles are everywhere there and have been for hundreds of years, but they are Brussels waffles and Liege waffles, named for the region where each originated. The Brussels waffle is what we in the US call a “Belgian waffle,” fluffy,...

Pickup Pools For Truck Bed

Have you heard the expression “hot as a Fourth of July firecracker”? That’s Little Rock, Arkansas, in the summer—sky-high humidity and temperatures that can reach into the triple digits. Sometimes the only relief is to get yourself into some nice cool water, whether at the community swimming pool, nearby...

Urban Float Sensory Deprivation Therapy

Joe Beaudry was searching for ways to de-stress from the increasing demands of his rise up the IT ladder of the nation’s largest wireless communications provider. He came across an article about the sensory deprivation tanks of the 1960s and 1970s. Sounded interesting, but were there any still around?...

Pooch Selfie Dog Products

Sometimes it’s really hard to get an Instagram-worthy selfie of you and your best friend. As soon as you’re ready to snap, he’ll look away, yawn, sneeze, scratch his ear, lick your face—you know we’re talking about a dog here, right? Jason Hernandez saw his wife struggling as she...

Wild Earth Koji Dog Treats

Ryan Bethencourt, co-founder and CEO of Wild Earth, challenged the execs at the major dog food brands to eat their own products. So far he hasn’t had any takers. No surprise there. Conventional dog food contains “meat, bone meal and by-products” from dead animals; fats, grease and other food...

Moink Meat Subscription Box

Moink is a meat subscription service that delivers boxes of humanely raised meat, connecting “tender-hearted carnivores” to a community of small, sustainable farmers. Choose from among the highest quality wild-caught salmon, grass-fed and grass-finished beef and lamb and pasture-raised pork and chicken. You’ll find at your doorstep 12 to...

Goalsetter Savings App For Kids

Part of raising your children to be responsible, well-adjusted adults is to teach them about money—how to save it for the future, share it with others and spend it sensibly. Goalsetter, Tanya Van Court’s digital savings and gifting platform, will get youngsters interested in setting goals and saving for...

CurlMix Beauty Products For Curly Hair

Polyethylene Glycol, Parabens, Sulfates, Formaldehyde, Triclosan and synthetic fragrances: This is only a sampling of the chemicals that you’ll find in hair care products. Kim Lewis is a label reader, and she wasn’t going to use products that not only could seriously damage her hair and scalp but are...

Zookies Cookies Bake At Home Dog Treats

Your average store-bought dog treats may contain chemicals, preservatives, food dyes, rendered fat and assorted contaminants. (Let’s leave it at “assorted”--I’m not here to gross you out.) And all of them are permissible per FDA regulations. Julian Miller wasn’t going to give those “treats” to his two BFFs (best...

GOGA Goat Yoga

Rachel Phillips, her fiance Trey Kitchen, and Trey’s mother Roxie Banker, make up the GOGA team. Rachel always loved animals and knew the benefits of animal-assisted therapy. She also was a firm believer in a holistic approach to physical, emotional and spiritual health. When she met Roxie’s Texas Pygmy/Nigerian...

ZuGoPet Travel Products For Pets

Juls Bindi loved going to her grandmother’s ranch to take care of the animals, and she continues to take care of animals—as a volunteer for no-kill shelters and as founder of ZuGoPet, a company that specializes in pet products that take wonderful care of small pets while being fashionable...

Twist It Up Comb

Inventions sometimes have the most unlikely origins. Take the Twist It Up Comb, for instance. Noel Durity’s tennis racket was stolen while he was in Brazil, and now we have the best ever styling tool for urban hair. Puzzled? Of course, you are. Let me explain. Noel was a...

Fresh Bellies Baby Food

Broccoli, Swiss chard and garlic. Cauliflower and bell peppers. Golden beets and thyme. Wondering what trendy new bistro is serving these audacious dishes? Wonder no more. They are as close as your local supermarket. In the refrigerated section. Under “Baby Food.” Saskia Sorrosa had an exciting career—VP of Marketing...

SubSafe Sandwich Container

Picture it: A beautiful day, sun shining, skies blue, a refreshing breeze. Doesn’t matter if you are on the beach, on a boat, in the mountains. Or waiting for your team to take the field or Imagine Dragons to take the stage. You are so ready! Cooler is stocked...

Zorpads Shoe Odor Inserts

Eighty-five percent of Americans have a problem with foot odor. If you are one of them, you likely have your own horror story of a time your smelly secret got out. I challenge you to top this one! I went to my new boss’s house for a New Year’s...

Storm Shelter Bed By Life Lift Systems

Levi Wilson is no stranger to severe weather. He lives in Oklahoma, right there in “Tornado Alley” that stretches from South Dakota to Central Texas, where the cold air from the Arctic meets the warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico, setting off deadly supercell thunderstorms and tornadoes....

Kitty Kasas Cat Houses

Nikki Linn grew up loving animals. She learned it early on from her mother, Arni, a dedicated animal advocate. Nikki always assumed that she would work with animals, but life can be a winding road, and after graduating from Princeton, Nikki became co-owner of a radio station. Interesting enough...

Makeup Junkie Bags

Meredith Jurica became weary of buying and throwing out cosmetic bags. Each time that she thought she had found just the right one, it turned out to be too small so she’d need a couple/few for her whole cosmetics collection—she surely did love cosmetics! Or it was too big,...

Aquapaw Pet Bathing Tool

Daniel Lentz, founder of Aquapaw, LLC, was the official family dog bather when he was growing up. He didn’t mind; he simply thought it should be easier. If only, it didn’t seem like he was torturing the dog. If only, the dog would stop squirming and trying to escape....

Pristine Toilet Paper Spray

Jessica Karam Oley was dealing with her newborn daughter’s bum, sore, red and scaly from diaper rash and the harsh material and chemicals in wet wipes that were aggravating it. At the same time, her cousin, Brandon Karam, was dealing with his own irritated bum brought on by wet...

Sproing Fitness Low Impact Running Surface

Running along a beach, breathing in the sea air, listening to the caws of seagulls, and feeling the soft cushion of sand beneath our feet as we bounce, seemingly effortlessly, along. Most of us enjoy the chance to run at the beach but give it little to no real...

Moki Car Door Step

There are times in life when we all need a leg up—that little boost whether it’s figurative or literal. Then there are the times that all but the very tall need a leg up—getting gear onto or off of a vehicle’s roof. Car roof racks and rooftop cargo carriers...