Necessity is often the mother of invention, and Gail Frankel was a mom with a big need. "I was in the mall with my sons trying to juggle my purse, diaper bags, shopping bags, and my son's half-empty lemonade," said Frankel, founder of KEL-GAR, Inc. "I needed some place to put everything and kept looking at the back of the stroller thinking that there had to be a better way!"
She searched and couldn't find anything like it on the market, so Frankel, a former speech therapist, invented Stroll'r Hold'r®. This unique stroller accessory has a drink holder and multiple hooks and simply clips onto stroller bars giving parents an extra hand. A year after bringing Stroll'r Hold'r® to market, Toys "R" Us added it to its product mix.
"There was no bible for me, no mentors," Frankel said. "I didn't know anyone who had done this before." But after her initial success, Frankel didn't sit on her laurels. She kept looking for other areas in which to expand, and since she spent a considerable amount of time bathing and monitoring her children in the bathroom, it seemed only natural that bathing, as a category, would come next. Frankel's next invention was Tubbly-Bubbly®, an elephant-shaped doll-like faucet protector which doubles as a bubble bath dispenser. Thereafter, the entire Tubbly-Bubbly® family line evolved to include bath products that promote bath play in a safe way. Next came ducks... the Just Ducky™ line of bath products that is. "Everyone loves ducks. We wanted to coordinate a bath ensemble that offered a soft protective faucet cover with knob covers as the focal point for the tub. The other Just Ducky™ bath products fill a need for child and parent while coordinating with the other Just Ducky™ products in the line," said Frankel. "and our bath line continues to change and expand."
KEL-GAR's Kargo Gear® line of coordinated car seat and travel accessories came next. Kargo Gear® makes trips with the children more enjoyable, organized and easier. "Most parents are in the car or on the go with their children," said Frankel. "Whether going to the park, school or Grandma's, traveling with the kids can be a struggle. When the kids are happy, the parents are happy. That's what makes our Kargo Gear® line so popular among families with children."
Sun protection is something that both Frankel and Kel-Gar take seriously. "Growing up in South Florida, I know only too well that sun exposure is cumulative." That is why we have developed a line of UV Sun Stop'r® products. These UV Sun Stop'r® Kwik Cabanas(tm) and Kids' Sun Dome(tm) offer 50+ UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) tested materials, blocking 98% of the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Since 1989, KEL-GAR has been bringing unique and innovative travel and bath convenience products into the hands of parents from coast to coast. KEL-GAR products can be found in chains such as Babies "R" US, Burlington Coat Factory/ Baby Depot, Buy Buy Baby, as well as in specialty juvenile stores and catalog companies like One Step Ahead and catalog/retail chains like The Right Start. And with every new invention, KEL-GAR remains committed to making life easier.
Not only is KEL-GAR, Inc. committed to making life easier, but healthier as well. For over a decade, KEL-GAR has been committed to making life easier and safer for parents and children...and healthier, as well. Since 1994, KEL-GAR has included information on the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation on their packaging. "Breast cancer is an issue that strikes close to home for me," said Frankel. "One of my best friends contracted breast cancer at age 31, and our work with the Komen Foundation is just one small way I feel we can fight back."