Friday, November 25, 2011
Tagalongs® cookies contain peanuts. All our products contain wheat, soy, and milk ingredients. Some customers find that our healthier oil blend makes some uncoated cookies slightly crunchier. All have been thoroughly tested for freshness, shelf life, and customer taste appeal.
Little Brownie Bakers has been baking Girl Scout Cookies® for over 35 years. We are licensed by Girl Scouts® of the USA to provide eight varieties of cookies for the annual Cookie Sale including: Samoas®, Thin Mints, Tagalongs®, Do-si-dos®, and Trefoils.
Our mission is to provide cookies and support services of the highest quality to Girl Scout Councils so that the annual Cookie Activity helps build a wide range of life skills for girls and generates income for troops and councils. Through our daily actions, we demonstrate our commitment to the principles of quality, integrity, respectfulness and innovation.
Our daily goal is to demonstrate at all levels of customer contact that we are much more than just high quality cookies. We want to provide to each of our Highly Valued Girl Scout Council Customers turnkey services and solutions that create the “Little Brownie Experience.”
Russell Stover Candies is a familiar and beloved name to lovers of chocolate the world over. Currently the largest manufacturer of boxed chocolates in North America, the company's roots are deep in family values and traditions.
In 1923, Russell and Clara Stover began a candy business in their home in Denver, Colorado. The original candy, marketed as "Mrs. Stover's Bungalow Candies," changed about 20 years later to Russell Stover Candies. The Stovers established principles that were successful then and are still carefully followed today. The three principles of quality, service and value allow Russell Stover Candies to remain "Only the Finest."
For 37 years, the Stover family and their partners operated the company. Russell Stover Candies became well known for quality candy sold on a regional level. In 1969, the partnership dissolved and the company was purchased by Mr. Louis Ward. At that time, the company had 35 retail stores and more than 2,000 agencies selling its candies. The company has grown from a quality producer on a regional scale, to an international company, that has sales in all 50 states and Canada. We are the largest producer of fine boxed chocolates in the United States.
What has evolved after more than half a century is an instinctive pride among Russell Stover employees for manufacturing and selling a quality candy.
The candy company born in a bungalow candy shop now sells in over 45 company-owned retail shops throughout the United States and Canada, and at over 70,000 drug stores, card and gift shops, grocery stores, department stores and retail stores throughout all 50 states and over 20 countries around the world.
Lincoln warned the South in his Inaugural Address: "In your hands, my dissatisfied fellow countrymen, and not in mine, is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you.... You have no oath registered in Heaven to destroy the government, while I shall have the most solemn one to preserve, protect and defend it."
Lincoln thought secession illegal, and was willing to use force to defend Federal law and the Union. When Confederate batteries fired on Fort Sumter and forced its surrender, he called on the states for 75,000 volunteers. Four more slave states joined the Confederacy but four remained within the Union. The Civil War had begun.
The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln had to struggle for a living and for learning. Five months before receiving his party's nomination for President, he sketched his life:
"I was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families--second families, perhaps I should say. My mother, who died in my tenth year, was of a family of the name of Hanks.... My father ... removed from Kentucky to ... Indiana, in my eighth year.... It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up.... Of course when I came of age I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher ... but that was all."
Lincoln made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge while working on a farm, splitting rails for fences, and keeping store at New Salem, Illinois. He was a captain in the Black Hawk War, spent eight years in the Illinois legislature, and rode the circuit of courts for many years. His law partner said of him, "His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest."
He married Mary Todd, and they had four boys, only one of whom lived to maturity. In 1858 Lincoln ran against Stephen A. Douglas for Senator. He lost the election, but in debating with Douglas he gained a national reputation that won him the Republican nomination for President in 1860.
As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy.
Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: "that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Lincoln won re-election in 1864, as Union military triumphs heralded an end to the war. In his planning for peace, the President was flexible and generous, encouraging Southerners to lay down their arms and join speedily in reunion.
The spirit that guided him was clearly that of his Second Inaugural Address, now inscribed on one wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C.: "With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds.... "
On Good Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington by John Wilkes Booth, an actor, who somehow thought he was helping the South. The opposite was the result, for with Lincoln's death, the possibility of peace with magnanimity died.
Big Brainy Babies are marketed in 1998, Big Brainy Babies offered 48 cloth figures made to resemble famous men and women. Each figure depicted the important person as a infant with an oversized head. According to the promotional text, these toys were designed to encourage creativity and a love of learning in the children who played with them. If, however, adult collectors acquired them with an enthusiasm that equaled the Beanie Baby craze of the 1990s, that suited the manufacturer just fine.
PUBLISHER: Golden Books
AUTHORS: David Kindfield
Shy Flump: Stomp through the jungles and cuddle up with a huggable elephant while joining this colorful creature in a tiny story. leaf board.
Tiny stories about important events in a child's life are held by cuddly plush toys featuring the respective book's character.
Powder the snowman was born on October 3, 1998 just in time to make the necessary preparation for Christmas. Powder is such a funny snow man and thought of the white snow as some sind of a talcum powder. His idol is Frosty the snow man and someday he wants to be just like him and perhaps he could also have that is made just for him too.
Hardee's is a restaurant chain, located mostly in the Southeast and Midwestern regions of the United States. It has evolved through several corporate ownerships since its establishment in 1960. It is currently owned and operated by CKE Restaurants. Along with its sibling restaurant chain, Carl's Jr., Hardee's is the #5 U.S. fast-food restaurant chain after Subway, McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's. It is headquartered in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.
Hardee's founder, Wilbur Hardee, opened his first restaurant in Greenville, North Carolina, on September 9, 1960. On the strength of its manly menu items, including the Huskee, the chain experienced rapid growth by franchising and, to a lesser extent, by acquiring other restaurant chains. The first company store opened in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in May 1961 by James Carson Gardner and Leonard Rawls on McDonald St. in downtown Rocky Mount. That location has since been razed. According to Wilbur Hardee, Gardner and Rawls won a controlling share of the company from him in a game of poker. After realizing that he lost control over his namesake company, Hardee sold his remaining shares to them as well. The chain was headquartered in Rocky Mount until 2001.
Bill (Ian James Corlett) - A diminutive duck who waddles to a different beat. A very kind-hearted, good-natured fellow who is always there when needed. One of his dreams is to fly. With the help of his friend Dr. Cecil, he tries again and again to fly, and eventually is told that the reason he can't is because ducks became too terrestrial. Bill's main appearance difference, apart from his smallness, is his bow tie which he changes every year at the Ducktown Picnic. Bill lives in an apartment with his pet parrot, Jerry. He's been called a "gator lover" for his rare efforts to turn alligators into allies of Ducktown.
Sitting Ducks is a lithograph created by Michael Bedard in the late 1970s. It depicts a literal interpretation of the idiom "sitting duck". Three ducks are relaxing in the sun on white chairs by the poolside, one looks up and notices two bullet holes in the wall.
Bedard then went on to create an entire series of "Sitting Ducks" related lithographs, which culminated in a children's book and a cartoon series.
Bedard's 1998 book, Sitting Ducks (ISBN 0-399-22847-0) has the plot that alligators hatch ducks in a "duck factory", then send them to Ducktown, where the ducks live an idyllic life, encouraged by billboards to fatten up. The alligators presumably eat the ducks once they are fat. One duck is befriended by an alligator, who lets him know that if only the Ducktown residents wouldn't get fat, they could fly away and avoid being eaten.
In 2001 Sitting Ducks was produced by Creative Capers Entertainment and Kristlin/Elliott Digital. It ran for two seasons and during that time spawned merchandise such as toys, clothing, books, as well as a video game.
The show takes place in a town called Ducktown and focuses on a duck named Bill, and his best friend Aldo, a huge alligator from the neighboring town of Swampwood. Seeing as how ducks are favorite snacks of the alligators there, Bill and Aldo's friendship is rather unusual. The pair usually end up in various situations and adventures.
The show lasted 2 seasons, airing 26 episodes. Reruns are still aired on Qubo.
Ty family: Basket Beanies
Animal: Lamb - Sheep
Introduction date: January 30, 2004
Retirement date: May 25, 2004
Height: 4.25 inches (sitting)
Theme: Easter, Spring
SWING TAG PHRASE (inside right)
Happy Spring !
AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL, stylized as "Aol.", previously known as America Online) is an American global Internet services and media company. AOL is headquartered at 770 Broadway in New York. Founded in 1983 as Control Video Corporation, it has franchised its services to companies in several nations around the world or set up international versions of its services. AOL is headquartered in New York City, but has many offices throughout cities in North America, like Atlanta, Baltimore, Beverly Hills, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Dulles, Mountain View, San Francisco, and Toronto. London and Tokyo are its foreign offices.
AOL is best known for its online software suite, also called AOL, that allowed customers to access the world's largest "walled garden" online community and eventually reach out to the Internet as a whole. At its prime, AOL's membership was over 30 million members worldwide, most of whom accessed the AOL service through the AOL software suite.
In 2000 AOL and Time Warner merged under the name AOL Time Warner. The merger was not fruitful and on May 28, 2009, Time Warner announced that it would spin off AOL into a separate public company. The spinoff occurred on December 9, 2009, ending the eight-year relationship between the two companies.
With regional branches around the world, the former American "goliath among Internet service providers" once had more than 30 million subscribers on several continents. It ranked fourth (behind the Web, e-mail, and graphic user interfaces) in a 2007 USA TODAY retrospective on the 25 events that shaped the first 25 years of the Internet and was named to the ".com 25" by a panel of Silicon Valley influencers on the occasion of the same anniversary.
In January 2000, AOL and Time Warner announced plans to merge. The terms of the deal called for AOL shareholders to own 55% of the new, combined company. The deal closed on January 11, 2001 after receiving regulatory approval from the FTC, the FCC, and the EU's COMP.
AOL Time Warner, Inc., as the company was then called, was led by executives from AOL, SBI, and Time Warner. Gerald Levin, who had served as CEO of Time Warner, was CEO of the new company. Steve Case served as Chairman, J. Michael Kelly (from AOL) was the Chief Financial Officer, Robert W. Pittman (from AOL) and Dick Parsons (from Time Warner) served as Co-Chief Operating Officers. The total value of AOL stock subsequently went from $226 billion to about $20 billion. Similarly, its customer base decreased to 10.1 million subscribers as of November 2007, just narrowly ahead of Comcast and AT&T Yahoo!. As of June 2010, AOL's subscriber base dropped to 4.4 million.
News reports in late 2005 identified companies such as Yahoo!, Microsoft, and Google as candidates for turning AOL into a joint venture; those plans were apparently abandoned when it was revealed on December 20, 2005 that Google would purchase a 5% share of AOL for $1 billion.
AOL was rated both one of the best and worst Internet suppliers in the UK, according to a poll by BBC Watchdog.
On March 31, 1997, the short-lived eWorld was purchased by AOL. The ISP side of AOL UK was bought by The Carphone Warehouse in October 2006 to take advantage of their 100,000 LLU customers which made The Carphone Warehouse the biggest LLU provider in the UK.
The product was rated the "Worst Tech Product of All Time" by PC World in 2006.
On May 28, 2009, Time Warner announced that it would spin AOL off as an independent company once Google's shares ceased at the end of the fiscal year, and AOL's page and logo changed afterward.
AOL ceased to be a part of Time Warner on December 9, 2009. The company declared an IPO on that day, under the stock symbol NYSE:AOL.
The Boyds Collection 1999 J.BBean-Series UK Bear... The Boyds Collection 1999 J.BBean-Series UK BearMade for the UK marketThis adorable fully jointed teddy bearJ.BBean-Series1985-1999HandmadeSmall teddy bearHe measures approx 8.25 inch / 21 cm tall.
The Boyds Collection J.BBean Series Bear with Bow
Made in USA
Fully jointed teddy bear
With plaid bow
TBC LTD 1985-99
Filled with plastic pellets
He measures 23 cm High, 9 inch, Sitting 15 cm, 6 inch
The March of Dimes Foundation is a United States nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies.
The March of Dimes is a not-for-profit organization with 501(c) tax-exempt status. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The foundation is headquartered in White Plains, NY and has 51 chapters across the U.S., including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The March of Dimes provides mothers, pregnant women and women of childbearing age with educational resources on baby health, pregnancy, preconception and new motherhood, as well as supplying information and support to families affected by prematurity, birth defects, or other infant health problems.
The organization began as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. The name "March of Dimes"—coined in the late 1930s by vaudeville star Eddie Cantor as a play on the contemporary newsreel series "The March of Time"—was originally used for the foundation's annual fundraising event and gradually became synonymous with that of the organization. It was officially adopted as the organization’s name in 1976, when it became known as the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. In 2007, the name became the March of Dimes Foundation.
Plushland is a world of high quality, hand crafted plush animals that are cherished by young and old alike. Each Plushland creation has a warmth and personality all of its own.
Plushland has developed many innovative programs to help support local and national charities, schools, civic groups and community fundraisers. The mission of these programs is to create new and exciting fundraising alternatives for those who help make our world a better place for all.
Tempo hankies for kids foster independence and capabilities
INNOVATION | The Hong Kong marketing team has once again given a new and creative boost to the Tempo business. The Tempo Hanky for Kids launched in Hong Kong in September 2010 and it was not just a launch of a new product. A new character named Ploppy was born and the core of the campaign was the independence and capability of kids.
“This is a good example that shows that successful innovation is not just about inventing new products." says Carole Bodart, Portfolio Director, Global Consumer Tissue Category.
The product was specifically designed for the target group of 4-8 year olds. The packaging is customized with an enlarged resealable sticker and there are on-pack collectibles. Moreover the hankies have a sweet fragrance of strawberry.
Ploppy comes from Plooto
The Ploppy character, depicted on every pack of Tempo Kids, is 5 years old and comes from Plooto, a planet far away from the galaxy. He receives signals of happiness on Earth and hops on his spaceship, the Super-Whoosh, to pay a visit to Earth. He has created a tradition that kids have to make a trip to other planets by the age of 5 in order to become independent.
"Kiss me, Im Irish" so say Grenouillle en Peluche the frog. This frog is no ordinary green frog. He has a lot of clovers around him for sheer good luck and has lots of love to give... well. being Irish and all. He is from American Greetings.
American Greetings Corporation, Inc. is the world's largest publicly-traded greeting card company. It is based in Brooklyn, Ohio and sells paper greeting cards, electronic greeting cards, party products (such as wrapping papers and decorations), and electronic expressive content (e.g., ringtones and images for cellphones). In addition to the American Greetings brand, the company owns the Carlton Cards, Tender Thoughts and Gibson brands of greeting cards.
American Greetings is also famous for their toy design and licensing division, Those Characters From Cleveland (now American Greetings Properties). The most-popular copyrighted properties owned by this division include Strawberry Shortcake, the Care Bears, The Get-Along Gang, Popples and Holly Hobbie. American Greetings also holds an exclusive license for Nickelodeon characters.
Founded in 1906 by Polish immigrant Jacob Sapirstein (1885–1987), who sold cards from a horse-drawn cart, American Greetings has been run by members of the family since its inception. Irving I. Stone (Sapirstein's oldest son, who changed his surname to Stone) was stuffing envelopes at age five, handling the business during his father's illness when he was nine, and worked for the company fulltime upon leaving high school. He was succeeded as CEO by his son-in-law Morry Weiss in 1987, and took the title "Founder-Chairman" previously held by his father, when Weiss became chairman in 1992, before dying in 2000. In 1993, American Greetings began sponsoring the Entertainment Tonight "ET Birthdays", and remained sponsor until 2000, when competitor Hallmark Cards took over sponsorship.
In 2003 Morry Weiss's sons Zev and Jeffrey became CEO and President respectively; Morry Weiss remains Chairman. In early 2007, American Greetings replaced Kellogg's as the sponsor for Dragon Tales. American Greetings has also branched out onto the Internet, and owns a network of websites. On October 25, 2007, it announced the purchase of Webshots from CNET for $45 million in cash.
In 2010, American Greetings announced that they will be moving their headquarters out of Brooklyn, OH, and relocating to a new facility at Crocker Park within the city of Westlake, Ohio.
Snuffles Jr. is apparently the offspring of the famous character created by Russ Berrie Toy Company. I've always wondered if the hedgehog is a porcupine before but I guess hedgehogs are a lot less prickly. Snuffles Jr. is a playful hedgehog and very soft and huggable too. He's a very fine addition to my Russ Berrie collection of fine characters.
Russ Berrie is the toy company where smiles are guaranteed with every product they make. It's an exciting business to be in, one that challenges creativity and imagination as they strive to give toy lovers innovation, quality and value in every RUSS product.
From our trademark teddy bears and other plush toys, to their gifts that preserve memories of life's milestones, to their seasonal gifts that add enjoyment and cheer to any festive occasion. Russ Berrie is proud to be your one-stop source for gifts that celebrate the joy of happiness and giving.
Dudley Furskin Bear is from the collection/edition that Wendys put out in 1986 around the holidays. Dudley wears the striped overalls but seems to have some shoes missing. Oh well, the kids must have played a lot with this toy and misplaced the shoes. Anyway, Dudley really looks like kindhearted character from the country. He would most probably be willing to deliver all the the apple pies that Hattie Furskin Bear made to their friends and family. Dudley measures approximately 7 inches in height.
Furskins Bears come in many sizes! Furskins were designed by Xavier Roberts (who also designed the Cabbage Patch Kids) and produced by Panosh Place, Original Appalachian Artworks & Coleco from 1983 to the late 80's. There were sixteen small, fuzzy poseable bears, six small plush bears and sixteen large plush bears too. They were all fully dressed, including hat and boots, and there was also separate clothing available plus at least one playset.
All sixteen characters were produced as large plush bears, ranging from 14" to 24" high. Large plush are pictured
Blue Puppy dog has the most unusual color, Blue and the furs's texture is not the typical fur that we find for stuffed animals. The fur is almost like the material used to make face towel. Nonetheless Blue Puppy Dog is very soft to cuddle. Blue Puppy Dog was lovingly produced in 2000 by Animal Alley Alley and the Commonwealth Toy and Novelty Co., Inc.
Commonwealth Toy & Novelty Co., Inc. is an acknowledged leader and trendsetter in the plush toy industry and is one of the oldest and most prominent companies of its kind. Founded in 1934, Commonwealth's reputation for creative and innovative retail marketing and unparalleled design and manufacturing expertise has resulted in partnerships and key relationships with all of the top retailers in the United States as well as internationally. More than 75 years after its birth, Commonwealth continues to maintain strong brand recognition and excellence.
Commonwealth's presence in the licensing industry can be seen in such toys as Nintendogs, Angry Birds, Pillow Pets, Peeps and many more. The capabilities and performance that make Commonwealth a preferred vendor with retailers has contributed to the development of unique, quality-driven licensed and branded toy programs.
Commonwealth has a dedicated internal sales force covering several tiers of the plush market. With offices located in NYC, Holland and Hong Kong, Commonwealth is able to utilize a global web of resources enabling the design and manufacturing of toys in a competitive market price.
Cubby the bear is a cute diminutive brown teddy bear.He's a perfect ornament to decorate the Christmas tree. Althougn small, he is soft and cuddly that is perfect fora little tots tiny hands.
Russ Berrie has been a premier designer and manufacturer of quality Teddy Bears, plush animals, stuffed dogs and cats for so many years.
Imagine the smiles that one of these teddy bears will bring. Check the faces and wide eyes of the popular Li'l Peepers stuffed dogs, cats and other animals.
The Russ design team has come through with flying colors, year after year, with plush fabrics and designs that please the dog and cat lovers in all of us.
One in every 3 households in the US has a pet dog or cat. It's no wonder why we all love the unique stuffed animals, plush dogs and toy cats that Russ Berrie offers.
Do you remember your favorite Teddy Bear from when you grew up? I can't imagine too many households without at least one loved stuffed bear. There's a good chance it was a Russ Berrie creation.
Stuffed animals, bears, plush cats and dogs have been the most popular gift giving idea for generations. Whether for a Get Well gift, Birthday gift, Mother's Day gift, Holiday gift or just to say "I Love You", Russ Berrie plush animals have been a preferred choice.
Dewey Barry is the young playful boy from the Barry Family. He's a chip of the old block, by that I mean he looks just like his father. Dewey Barry is not your typical bear toy although he has a soft and furry exterior the you toy hard like a action figure, definitely not a stuff toy
The Barrys Bear Family were created in 1998 by the Toy Box Creations.
Toy Box Creations offers the Vegetable Friends, Nutra Fruit Heroes, and Veggie Friends Seedies. Collectible plush toys available at your grocer. Site includes a collector's corner, a learning center, and the Kids' Zone.
Ralph Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (born October 10, 1974), better known simply as Dale Earnhardt, Jr., is a professional American race car driver and team owner who drives the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/United States National Guard Chevrolet Impala in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports, and drives the Unilever Chevrolet Impala for his own team, JR Motorsports, in the Nationwide Series . He is the son of the late NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt, Sr., and the grandson of both the late NASCAR driver Ralph Earnhardt and Robert Gee, the well known stock car fabricator. Earnhardt, Jr. is also the half-brother of former driver Kerry Earnhardt, the uncle of driver Jeffrey Earnhardt, and the stepson of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team co-owner Teresa Earnhardt. Earnhardt, Jr. has won the Most Popular Driver Award eight times. He has an estimated net worth of $300 million.
Dale Jr. qualified for the 2011 Budweiser Shootout with new crew chief Steve Letarte.  He began the season, by drawing the pole position at the 2011 Budweiser Shootout, where he finished 19th in the race. On February 13, he earned his first pole position at Daytona International Speedway, as well as his first at a track that uses restrictor plates. Due to a practice crash, he had to start at the back of the field for both the duel race and the 500. He finished 24th in the Daytona 500 after being wrecked with 4 laps to go. Over the next seven races Earnhardt, Jr. would achieve 5 top ten finishes including a 2nd place finish at Martinsville after losing the lead to Kevin Harvick with 4 laps to go, and a 4th place finish at Talladega in a photo finish with Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon. Jr came within half a lap of snapping his then-104 race winless streak at the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway when he ran out of fuel during a green-white-checkered finish, finishing 7th. The following week at Kansas, Jr finished 2nd to Brad Keselowski. He followed this up with a solid 6th place finish at Pocono. Over the course of the next three races, Jr would slide to 7th in the Championship points, finishing 21st at Michigan, 41st at Infineon, and 17th at Daytona. On September 1, 2011 Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he had signed a five-year contract extension with Hendrick Motorsports to drive the 88 until 2017. On September 19th, 2011, Junior Made his first Chase for the Sprint Cup appearance since 2008 at Chicagoland. At the season finale at Homestead, he finished 11th and finished 7th in the final points standings.
The First Years Inc. is a developer and marketer of products for infants and toddlers. The company groups its products into three broad categories: Feeding & Soothing, Play & Discover, and Care & Safety. Feeding & Soothing products include bottles, nipples, teethers, bibs, breast-feeding accessories, and a line of spill-proof bowls and cups. The Play & Discover line includes crib toys, hand-held toys, and large playthings. The Care & Safety product group consists of home safety devices such as door and cabinet latches, monitors, toilet-training accessories, and other health and hygiene products. The First Years sells its products worldwide both under its own brand and under the licensed names "Winnie the Pooh," "Disney Mickey," and "Sesame Street." Its customers are primarily major toy and mass-merchandising retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys "R" Us. Other outlets include department stores, grocery and drug store chains, and specialty shops.
The First Years Inc. was founded in 1949, in Roxbury, Massachusetts, by Marshall Sidman and his wife Evelyn. Sidman, who was then in his mid-thirties, had served as a Navy ensign during World War II. After his discharge in 1945, he experimented with various careers--including piloting, baking, and selling clothing, tires, stationery, and reupholstering services. But Sidman was not content to sell someone else's products. He wanted a product of his own to promote, and ultimately, he found one--a diaper pin that a friend had developed. As Sidman approached local merchants with his diaper pins, however, he found that they were looking for full product lines rather than individual products. The Sidmans responded by adding baby items from other manufacturers to their product offering--and the company was born. The couple incorporated their business in 1952, as Kiddie Products, Inc.
Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) is an American specialty retailer of consumer electronics in the United States, accounting for 19% of the market. It also operates in Mexico, Canada & China. The company's subsidiaries include Geek Squad, CinemaNow, Magnolia Audio Video, Pacific Sales, and, in Canada operates under both the Best Buy and Future Shop label. Together these operate more than 1,150 stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, China, and Mexico. In addition, the company has rolled out over 100 Best Buy Express Automated Retail stores or "ZoomShops", operated by Zoom Systems, in airports and malls around the U.S. The company's corporate headquarters are located in Richfield, Minnesota.
Best Buy was named "Company of the Year" by Forbes magazine in 2004, "Specialty Retailer of the Decade" by Discount Store News in 2001,ranked in the Top 10 of "America's Most Generous Corporations" by Forbes magazine in 2005 (based on 2004 giving), and made Fortune magazine's List of Most Admired Companies in 2006.
On March 9, 2009, Best Buy became the primary electronics retail store (online and bricks and mortar) in the eastern United States, after smaller rival Circuit City went out of business. Fry's Electronics remains a major competitor in the western United States, while hhgregg remains competitive in the eastern United States. Many locations feature in-store pickup, which can be arranged through the company's website.
Best Buy is also a retailer of cellular phones with phones from Verizon Wireless, AT&T Wireless, Sprint PCS, and T-Mobile. Best Buy also has standalone Best Buy Mobile stores in shopping malls that sell only a subset of products carried at the larger stores.
In 2011, during the three-month period ended February 26, Best Buy saw its revenue and profits slide, but generated a profit of $651 million on revenue of $16.26 billion. In comparison to the same period in 2010, it tallied $16.55 billion in revenue and a $779 million profit.
In 1966, Richard M. Schulze and business partner James Wheeler opened Sound of Music, an audio specialty store, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 1967, Sound Of Music acquired Kencraft Hi-Fi Company and Bergo Company. Two additional Sound of Music stores were opened near the University of Minnesota and in downtown Minneapolis. The Sound of Music ended its first year with gross sales of $173,000 (USD). In 1969, Sound of Music's stock began trading as publicly-held company, the company enacted its first employee stock option plan, and three stores opened in the Twin Cities area. In 1970, Sound of Music hit the $1 million mark in annual revenues. In 1979, Sound of Music became the first suppliers of video and laserdisc equipment including Panasonic, Magnavox, Sony and Sharp.
On June 14, 1981, A tornado hit the Roseville, Minnesota store. Sound of Music responded with a "Tornado Sale," (with the sale promoted as a "Best Buy") and it became an annual event. In 1983, Sound of Music's board of directors approved a new corporate name: Best Buy Co., Inc., the company opened first superstore in Burnsville, Minnesota, featuring expanded selling space, a wide assortment of discounted brand-name goods, central service, and warehouse distribution. Stores began selling appliances and videocassette recorders. In 1985, Best Buy (symbol BBY) debuted on the New York Stock Exchange with an offering of 8.3 million shares. In 1987, Best Buy's brand logo changed to the yellow tag. In 1989, Best Buy unveiled a new "grab-and-go" store format.
In 1990, Best Buy eliminated commissions for standalone sales people, but retained bonuses for management and supervisors. In 1992, Best Buy hit the $1 billion mark in annual revenues. In 1994, Best Buy expanded to the Maryland and Virginia markets. In 1997, Best Buy became the first national retailer to sell DVD hardware and software.. In 1998, Best Buy sponsored Stevie Nicks Enchanted Tour. In 2000, Best Buy entered the online retailing business by launching Bestbuy.com, and acquired Magnolia Audio Video, a retailer of high-end consumer electronics. Music compact cassettes were removed from most stores.
In 2001, Best Buy acquired the Canada-based electronics-chain Future Shop Ltd., which marked the company's entrance to the international marketplace. Though fully owned by Best Buy, Futureshop remains a separate entity operating independently from Best Buy Canada. Best Buy acquired Musicland, a mall-based retailer for music and entertainment software. Best Buy launched Redline Entertainment, an independent music label and action-sports video distributor. In 2002, Brad Anderson succeeded Schulze as Best Buy's CEO. The company acquired Geek Squad, a 24-hour computer support taskforce. The first Canadian Best Buy store opened in Mississauga, Ontario.
Everyone needs encouragement as they're growing up. Annie Fitzgerald wrote Dear God Kids children books, an easy to understand series written to help kids see God in everyday life. The books value lies in the way they can provide opportunities for parents to enter into serious conversations with their children about spiritual matters. Today, the characters in the books have transformed into the stunning and vivid 3D collectible figurines. Gift Impact is proud to present you the complete collection of the Dear God Kids figurines, please collect a complete set with our discounted gift set price today.
DEAR GOD KIDS
Series originated & created by
With contibutions by
Text c2000 Flying Frog Publishing
The back reads:
This beautifully written series helps to answer the very hard and sometimes complex questions children may ask about God.
The answers are written to help not only children but adults as well, to understand these puzzling questions.
The titles included are:
Thank You for Friends
I Have a Lot Of Questions
It's Me Again!
Thanks for Making Me Special!
If I was a Star... I'd like to be a very bright one
Guess What I'm Ready to Listen Now!
I Just Can't Sleep Want To Talk?
If There's A Meaning For Every Word.. Is there a reason for Everything?