As a mom of 4, Andrea Misch is aware of all too nicely when little ones need to play exterior within the winter, it may be an effort to get them prepared. So, the artist and creator based mostly in Whitehall got here up with a handy all-in-one snowsuit for youths known as the SnowOtter StowSuit.
The multifaceted coat stows the connected mittens and snow pants so that they’re simply accessible and received’t get misplaced. A zipper within the pants makes them straightforward to take away for laundry and the mittens may be separated on the cuffs and saved within the sleeves. As well as, the pants prolong as much as 2 inches to accommodate progress and zip into the again of the coat with magnets and snaps to carry them in place.
Although this was not her first enterprise enterprise, Misch was able to strive one thing new. “I like ‘Shark Tank’ and I prefer to invent issues,” she says. “My children struggled to get able to go exterior and it was such a ache. Now they get themselves prepared with minimal assist.”
Whereas the snowsuit launched late final yr in the midst of a pandemic, the timing is perhaps in her favor. “Individuals are staying residence and doing plenty of outside actions,” says Misch who has a 9-year-old, two 7- year-olds, together with one who was adopted from China, and a 1-year-old.
Up to now, she says the suggestions has been constructive. “Folks say it’s helped them get their children prepared. Even with our 1-year-old, it’s really easy to get her prepared and maintain her heat,” Misch says. “It comes with directions, however we maintain in fixed contact with our prospects and stroll them via it if they’ve questions. There’s additionally a how-to video on our Fb web page.”
At the moment, the snowsuits can be found on snowotterco.com and Amazon, and can quickly be offered via the net web site Zulily. The fits may also be discovered at choose retailers on the west facet of the state in places like Grand Haven and Grand Rapids. The snowsuits retail for $179.99, however particular provides could also be accessible (the hats are offered individually).
Misch, who started designing and perfecting the patented snowsuits a number of years again, has additionally been making life-like dolls for 15 years, together with a one-of-a-kind Oprah doll made out of images of her as a baby that was featured in O, the Oprah Journal.
Chicago resident Annie Bailey first related with Misch after buying her doll kits. Now her 4-year-old daughter, Piper, who’s autistic, loves the adaptable jacket she bought for her. “She’s worn it each time she’s gone out and performed within the snow. It’s really easy as a result of all the things is connected. Even my older children can’t maintain their mittens,” quips Bailey, who has 5 children ranging in age from 4 to 23. “It’s extraordinarily versatile and excellent for us. We’re a busy family and all the children are at residence proper now.”
For different budding entrepreneurs on the market, Misch says to assume exterior of the field and stick together with your plan. “See if the product is already on the market and ensure there’s a necessity for one thing.” Lastly, she provides: “Plan forward and be unique.”