For some, weekly dinners with the grandparents are a comforting tradition. For Kim Strong, it was an occasion of inspiration.
The Louisville mom’s youngest child was 6 months old when she began contemplating alternatives to towing the youngster’s high chair “from home to Grammys and back” week after week. “It was so big and bulky and took up so much space,” she said. “I thought there has to be a better way.”
Strong partnered with Indiana resident Jamye Baker and together they put a toddler twist on the lightweight, foldable chairs available at nearly every department and discount store. The product differed in that it was suited for children 4 to 18 months and included an attached tray. “It was really born out of need – real personal need,” Strong said.
Baker and Strong pegged the portable high chair “ciao! baby,” patented it and grew more excited as it passed all of the required safety testing. Their enthusiasm has grown, thanks to the research they’ve conducted. “All the preliminary testing and research shows … it’s a solution for active families with small children,” Strong said. “Today’s families are busy. Today’s families are on the go. And ciao! baby is an active solution.”
This weekend, the two will debut their product at the ninth annual ABC (All Baby & Child) Kids Expo at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Displaying at the industry-only trade show that is attended by manufacturers and retailers from all over the world could result in fruitful connections. “My dream is to make ciao! baby available to the masses,” Strong said. “I want this to be in Target or Walmart one day because I want this to be available to everybody.”
Created by Kim Strong and Jamye Baker, ciao! baby is a lightweight, flexible chair that comes with an attached tray. The patented product is for children 4 to 18 months. For more information, visit www.theportablehighchair.com or call Kim Strong at 502.241.5515.
The ABC Kids Expo
The ninth annual ABC (All Baby & Child) Kids Expo is a trade show for the juvenile products industry that is being held at the Kentucky Exposition Center Friday through Monday, Sept. 23-26. The private event – only independent retailers, sales reps, importer/exporters, media and manufacturers are invited to attend – is the fastest growing trade show in the country and will feature more than 900 exhibitors in more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space. For more information, go to www.theabcexpo.com.
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Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.