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June 8, 2011

Join giggle At The San Francisco Birth & Baby Fair!

It’s time again for The San Francisco Birth and Baby Fair at Fort Mason Herbst Pavillion (99 Marina Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94123) !  We here at giggle are proud to once again be hosting  a table at “The” event  for new and expecting parents.  If you have a little one on the way, a new arrival, or even a couple of little tykes running around, this is an event you can’t miss.  No other event offers a more complete offering of services, resources, products, and information for parents.  Enjoy workshops/demonstrations on topics such as sleep techniques, diapering, and making your own baby food.  Find contacts with community resources from yoga & pilates to doulas services, to financial advising.  Take advantage of the spa area while you let your little ones play in the Tot Spot Play Area.  And most importantly stop by giggle’s table.  We’ll have associates from our Bay Area stores available to answer all your questions!  We can’t wait to see you all there!

Date and Time: Saturday June 25th 10AM-4PM

For complete information visit www.BirthAndBabyFair.com

*And be sure to stop by your local giggle Location to pick up your 2 for 1 admission flier (while supplies last).

June 6, 2011

It’s that time of the month again!

 

 

Daily Demo’s are here again, and giggle welcomes June with Summer Fun & Travel!

Visit any one of our locations to see the latest on the following:

Monday: Phil and Ted’s Nest

Tuesday: Kidco Peapod

Wednesday: Baby Bjorn Travel Crib

Thursday: Uppababy G-LUXE

Friday: Baby Bjorn Synergy

Monday through Friday, 1:30 and 4:30 pm.

See you here!

June 2, 2011

An A-List Interview: Kevin Brodwick

Kevin Brodwick's son, Hudson

Kevin's son, Hudson. Age 1.

I’ve mostly known Kevin Brodwick, founder of thinkbaby, as a guy with a deep commitment to doing the right thing for the environment and our children with smarter products — starting with his bottles.

What I didn’t know about Kevin before this interview was his deep-rooted science background or his clear love and respect for his father. Having lost my own father far too early (a man who was my hero, just as Kevin’s dad was his) I was touched by Kevin’s willingness to share such a personal insight with all of us.

Kevin and I seem to have been similarly affected by great men who helped shape our lives by living life with the greatest example of all – a passion for it.

(Speaking of dads — Father’s Day is just around the corner, and we at giggle would love to hear your stories about the dads in your lives. Enter our Share Your Story contest, share your favorite Father’s Day memory, and you could win an Oeuf Perch Bunk Bed!)

Ali Wing: What’s your motto?

Kevin Brodwick: I don’t know if it is so much a motto or more of a realization.  But my motivation can often be best summed up by Mr. Whitman.  (The bolded section in particular.)

O Me! O Life!

O ME! O life!… of the questions of these recurring;

Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish;

Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)

Of eyes that vainly crave the light—of the objects mean—of the struggle ever renew’d;

Of the poor results of all—of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;

Of the empty and useless years of the rest—with the rest me intertwined;

The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?

Answer.

That you are here—that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

AW: What inspires you?

KB: Honestly, I’m inspired by the little hands that hold our products. I’ve always been motivated to fight for the underdog.  After working for a lab funded by the National Institutes of Health, I saw firsthand the amount of potentially harmful chemicals leaching from consumer products — no matter if it was made in China, US, Europe, or Canada.  I attempted to get the major bottle companies to change; their push back is what led me to create thinkbaby and thinksport.

Kevin Brodwick's dad

Kevin's dad, sitting in the famous rock garden, Ryoanjo.

KB:My dad.  He passed away March 16th of this year unexpectedly.  Besides being a top neuroscientist, he excelled at everything academic.  He gave lectures on everything from Japanese and Chinese art history to music history.  He even taught himself Japanese.  He was a published poet and accomplished pianist. His curiosity and passion have been a great gift passed onto me. I once had a Nobel prize winner tell me, “Your father forgets more in his sleep than I know.” I feel very fortunate to have grown up in the world that he created.  And I admire that he kept all paths open for our own exploration.  I miss him deeply.

AW: What are you currently reading?

KB:Let My People Surf, by the founder of Patagonia. It was handed to me by one of our employees, who resides in Southern California.  I assumed at first that it was his attempt at convincing me to stay for extended surf time… It has surprised me how close my feelings about corporations are aligned with the author’s.  And how strong the desire to do the right thing for the environment and consumers exists between our organizations.

AW: What’s your favorite city/location/destination?

KB: I spent a lot of time growing up in Woods Hole, MA in Cape Cod.  Growing up there provided me the opportunity to explore the infamous marine biological laboratories and even play tennis with Albert Szent Gyorgyi (Nobel Prize for discovery of Vitamin C).  I believe my strong sense of curiosity was largely born from the endless adventures there and being surrounded by scientists from around the world.

AW: Who is your favorite composer, or what is your favorite music genre?

KB: Since my family is related to Mendelssohn, I guess I probably should go with him.  Plus it was the scene in Breaking Away, where they played the famous Italian Symphony No. 4 that spawned my interest to take up bike racing.  My father gave me the choice of playing an instrument when I turned six. I chose drums; he said, “Choose again.” So I chose the cello.  So until I was about 14, I pretty much only listened to classical music.  I could walk into a restaurant and at least tell you the composer.  My musical taste now is very wide.  Living in Austin, it’s hard to escape the love for Stevie Ray Vaughn. There is pretty much an endless supply of new music rolling through between SXSW and Austin City Limits.  I’ve been learning how to play blues guitar and it’s safe to say that I should stick with cello…

AW: What is the favorite baby gift you received?

KB: My grandfather had a hobby of carving sculptures out of wood.  He built me a big wagon with over-sized wooden block shapes.  Great source of creativity as a youngster.  Still have it…

Jackson Pollack Mural

One of the many Jackson Pollack paintings Kevin draws inspiration from.

AW: What is the baby product you can’t/couldn’t live without?

KB: Is it wrong to choose thinkbaby bottles?  I might be biased on this selection…

AW: Please complete the following:

…make(s) me laugh.

KB: It’s pretty much a guarantee that anything that comes out of Dane Cook, Bill Cosby, Dave Chappelle and Robin Williams is going to make me laugh. I wish Chris Farley was still around. He was brilliant.  Although it’s hard to beat when kids turn 2 ½ or so — the moment they make you laugh and realize it.  They will  proceed repeating it over and over again…sorta hard to beat that.

My proudest moment in parenting was…

KB: …actually seeing my parents interact with my little son, Hudson.

 

 

May 21, 2011

You want FABULOUS…then oh boy, you have to check this out!!!!!!

 

 

Wow- absolutey amazing!  The all new, Hollis crib, just released, heirloom,  non-toxic lucite and clear acrylic crib- really?!?! Yes! Really!!!   It’s absolutely gorgeous, hands down, amazing- ultra modern design…just fabulous!

Completey unique design, 100% acrylic, non toxic, recycled materials, with beautiful sleek lines…I mean, really, this crib is stunning!  Inspired by the pioneer of acrylic furniture design, Charles Hollis Jones, this crib is an eye catcher.  Sophisticated and unique, perfect for  the parent who wants that knockout crib.  HOLLIS…you are beautiful!  Welcome to our world and giggle!  You have the spotlight!

If you are wondering who is Mr. Charles H.J. is, here’s a little snip-it:

He is an American artist and furniture designer, who has been designing and creating lucite and acrylic furniture since the age of 16.  Born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1945, Mr. Jones has been creating award winning pieces.  As a result of his amazing pieces, he is currently being  recognized by the Smithsonian Institute and has made works of art for celebritites including Frank Sinatra and Johnny Carson.

Absolutely, this crib is for a specific taste and style, and if it’s not your cup of tea, no problemo- we can navigate you through other beautiful furniture collections! You know, here at giggle, we have that super spectacular right next to that super ordinary neccessity; all the reasons why you love giggle! :) -

Take a look at it!

(BTW, you can visit our SoHo location to take a peak at it in person!)

May 17, 2011

Spring Catalog is Here!

giggle Walnut Creek wants to be the first to let you see our annual Spring Catalog.  Call us at the store location if you want to place an order or have any questions.  Plus, it shows you the new items of the season and any core essential pieces that all parents must have.  We want you to browse, learn, and easily buy any items from our online catalog.  Hope to hear from you soon.

Plus, don’t forget about our Personal Shopper services.  Want some personal attention? Help with planning? Quick and efficient service on your own schedule? Whether you’re preparing for a new arrival, designing a nursery from scratch, creating a registry, or looking for the perfect gift, our personal shoppers are here to help you…at every stage of parenting!

May 12, 2011

Daily Demo’s!

Calling all folks who need a lesson in Baby Gear!!!  This month, we are all about SPRING GEAR!

Monday through Friday, 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm, all through the month of MAY, we will be your Guru, your expert, your resource, and we will show you in’s and out’s, answer any questions, and demonstrate the following:

Mondays- Cybex Callisto and Aton

Tuesdays- Cybex Carrier

Wednesdays- Mountain Buggy

Thursdays- Stokke Tripp Trapp (now through the end of the month of May, purchase this highchair and recieve a Baby Set for free!)

Fridays- Ergo Performance Carrier

Mark those calendars and stop on in!  We’re here to help!

May 12, 2011

Let’s talk about the BASICS

giggle is your one stop shop kind of store.  We work very hard at providing you with the very best out there.  We have taken the guesswork out of parenting and broke it down for you.  Be very careful not to mistake it, we are not by any means a high end retailer, we are a specialty retailer.  We pride ourselves in education, innovation, and most importantly, true, genuine care. Finally, a company that makes it a whole lot easier to be a parent! Our pricepoint is based on the “good, better, best” approach.  Of course, we have some of the “basic necessities” that you can find elsewhere at any big box store, but we also have that cute, special item, that you will only find at giggle.

Here are some facts about who we are and what we have to offer YOU!

We have “giggle criteria“- We have narrowed down all the choices out there and picked only the very best, that we love and think you will also love.  Every product we offer meets and exceeds all safety testing, and must meet three out of ten of our criteria to be considered.

We have “Parent Tools“- Inclusive of “Ratings and Reviews”, “Ask and Answer”, “Product Safety Info”, the “giggle guaruntee”, checklists, Registry, Gear Guides, Blogs, “Personal Shoppers”,  online Catalogs, complimentary gift wrapping, “Storytime” at every one of our 14 convenient giggle locations with the best staff- WHEWWW (there’s more!)- just about everything you would possibly need to know right at your finger tips-AND- if you are a more hands on person, you can walk on into any giggle store and know that you will be guided and assisted through everything you will need or want to know!

Rest assured, we will make sure you have the RIGHT product that’s RIGHT for you.  We ask. We listen. We suggest- the right product for you.  Not the most expensive, most popular, or even the biggest and baddest (susie, joe, and bobby from down the block all have)- but the right product that speaks to your lifestyle.

So, take a deep breath…we have you covered ;)

May 9, 2011

What to do with all this baby gear?! DAILY DEMO is here!

 

 

We know it’s hard to sometimes decide on what to buy for your baby- I mean, with so much out there, it’s hard to narrow it down!  Strollers, car seats, carriers, and more- yikes, right?!?!?

NO!  It’s easy!  You know that giggle is your one stop shop resource, right?!  YES, we’ve literally done the homework for you!  We make it easier for you to be a parent and spend more time enjoying your family instead of sitting behind your computer doing research (Yuk!). No worries, we’ve got you covered!  With that said, we want to invite you to come by and be apart of our newest program, “Daily Demo“, built around not only educating you on our products, but trying it, having fun, asking questions, and really taking a different approach towards baby gear education!

For the month of May, Monday through Friday we will be doing daily demonstrations of the following, twice per day, every week day at 1:30 and 4:30 pm:

Monday- Cybex Callisto Stroller and Aton Car Seat

Tuesday- Cybex Carrier

Wednesday- Mountain Buggy Stroller

Thursday- Tripp Trapp Highchair

Friday- Ergo Performance Baby Carrier

Please feel free to join us, we’d love to see you!

Contact us now!

May 1, 2011

New Stokke Promotion At giggle!!!

Running until May 31st giggle is excited to participate in Stokke’s new promotion!  You will receive a free Baby Set with the purchase of any Tripp Trapp chair.

Designed to be pulled up to the table, the Tripp Trapp lets you share family mealtime together from six months on (with the optional baby set). This innovative chair grows with your child from a toddler seat all the way up through the early teen years!

Why it’s a giggle pick: The Tripp Trapp is a great value for your money, and offers the best in multi-stage functionality.

This contoured seat and five-point harness lets you use your Tripp Trapp as a highchair starting at six months, until your child can sit unsupported. Best of all, the chair can be pulled right up to the dinner table for family dinners together.

Why it’s a giggle pick: This is a great accessory that lets you get a head start on using your chair!

April 28, 2011

FREE Tripp Trapp Baby Set with the purchase of any Tripp Trapp chair

 

Tripp Trapp Chair

Designed to be pulled up to the table, the Tripp Trapp lets you share family mealtime together from six months on (with the optional baby set). This innovative chair grows with your child from a toddler seat all the way up through the early teen years!

Why it’s a giggle pick: The Tripp Trapp is a great value for your money, and offers the best in multi-stage functionality.

Tripp Trapp Baby Set

This contoured seat and five-point harness lets you use your Tripp Trapp as a highchair starting at six months, until your child can sit unsupported. Best of all, the chair can be pulled right up to the dinner table for family dinners together.

Why it’s a giggle pick: This is a great accessory that lets you get a head start on using your chair!

Starting Thursday April 28th we will be offering a free Baby Set with purchase of a Tripp Trapp. Offer expires May 31st 2011.

Click on the link below  for more information.

:http://www.giggle.com/eng/product/tripp_trapp_baby_set/144601