It was a small problem that launched the idea for Shell Raham’s big business in November of 2009. A teacher friend had mentioned to Raham how hard it was to find the right jacket or shoes to pair up to the children in her class.
To solve the problem, Raham created a funky, personalized bubble with bright and cheerful illustrations and little balls inside to attach to sneakers. But it was when Raham turned the bubble into a zipper pull that she knew she had a hit on her hands. Her three-year-old son was thrilled with his new found ability to easily grasp the bubble and zip up his own jacket.
“I knew if he loved it, and teachers loved it, I had to pursue it,” says Raham, who began making them by hand with her husband and a third partner and selling them to her network of friends. Demand grew quickly, and Raham realized she needed help getting the product into retail stores to keep up. “I got in touch with local artist Dean Stanton, who painted the famed Sunalta school mural, and he helped us created eye-catching packaging and display stands.”
The Zip-Its, and a companion line of trading necklaces with removable bubbles, debuted in retail stores in May. Bubble Friends Forever now includes hundreds of illustrations, including from hockey to video game designs to the obligatory princesses.
Priced at just $7.99 each, the bubble necklaces and Zip-Its are affordable fun for kids of all ages, and are available on the company’s website at www.bubblefriendsforever.com/shop/
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We received our beautifully packaged box of Bubble Friends Forever and the kids couldn't take their hands off of them. We were sent 2 trading necklaces, 4 Zip - Its. I couldn't wait for the kids to try them out and then to show you!!
The trading necklaces are cute!! They have a strong necklace laced through the curved backing and we tested them with the teens even - they didn't break. They fit nicely in the palm of the hand and with the curved back little fingers can hold on :) She's really thought of everything with these!
The Zip - Its are the neatest idea - you can see both the girls and boys versions and she includes instructions too. Easy to put on and they don't slide off. No more wondering whose jackets whose and they work on the backpacks too!!
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