It's a bird. It's a plane. It's patented.

Teri the Pterodactyl is perhaps the most feminine and refined of the three Munch Stix® characters, but she is also the most misunderstood. We regularly get orders for the "pelican", the "flamingo" and even the dismissive "just give me 50 of the pink ones." Her uber popular siblings, Chum the Shark and Al the Alligator, out sell her each week, yet Teri remains proud as she is the most "chopstick-like" with a smooth bill (and no teeth) to help train the young chopstick hopefuls of the world. 

Our all-time favorite Teri story came during the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago. If you've ever been an exhibitor at a trade show you know that you pitch at least 20 times an hour (assuming good foot traffic which IHH always has) to prospective retailers, distributors and press.  An Asian mother and daughter (80-ish years old and 50-ish years old respectively) walk up and I, of course launch into the pitch like the good exhibitor I am not knowing if they own a small kitchen store, are buyers from Bed, Bath & Beyond or writers for the New York Times. While the daughter is politely listening, I see her elderly mother, who does not speak any English, carefully and diligently trying out each Munch Stix® in our interactive display - filled with candy of course - to see which is easiest to use. The daughter explains that her mother, who has a brace on her right hand, has advanced arthritis in her wrist and can no longer use chopsticks to eat. At this time I look over at mom who has probably the BIGGEST smile on her face as she holds Teri the Pterodactyl in her wounded hand having captured the candy in its beak. Mom may not be able to use traditional chopsticks anymore, but darn it if she didn't go back to Asia with a free Teri the Pterodactyl in her carry-on. Good stuff.

This week the design patent for Teri arrived, giving Rush3 the equivalent of a product design hat trick with Munch Stix®.  It's always an exciting day when the ribbon copy arrives - we blame it on the shiny, gold seal regally acknowledging the years of blood, sweat, tears and laughs involved with bringing a product to market. Perhaps even more exciting is how something that used to be a thought in Rush3's head and a drawing in his sketchbook is now a small part of people's lives.  Here's to the many colleagues, friends and retailers that have helped along the way.

Learning Tree

One of our fabulous retailers and Munch Stix caretakers is Learning Tree, a specialty toy store in Oklahoma City.  We are delighted to be among the "jewels of small toy companies" on their shelves and simply love their focus and approach to toys:
 

Katie, Kim and store owner, Patti of Learning Tree The owners of learning tree toys, books and games, inc. are Montessori teachers and parents who realize that parents today want what is best for their children and that may not be what they see in TV toy commercials.

Katie, Kim and store owner, Patti of Learning Tree The owners of learning tree toys, books and games, inc. are Montessori teachers and parents who realize that parents today want what is best for their children and that may not be what they see in TV toy commercials.

Learning Tree believes: 

  • That each child is unique. 
  • That children learn through activity. 
  • That children need time to explore and experiment. 
  • That adults can better nurture children if they understand how a child's uniqueness fits within patterns of growth and development.

If you are in the Oklahoma City area, stop  in Learning Tree for a truly unique and customized experience and selections. 

Hint Mama!

From baby toy selection to raising a non-spoiled child to, you guessed it, the best training chopsticks, Hint Mama, aka Jennifer Saranow Schultz of Wall Street Journal and New York Times fame, offers parents hints "to make parenting easier, cheaper and a bit more humorous."  Right on, Hint Mama, right on.

Click HERE for a link to her recent blog "Training Chopsticks".

Check out her full site HERE for more awesomeness.

Al the Alligator Munch Stix® has the biggest teeth which makes picking up food easier for the littlest munchers.

Al the Alligator Munch Stix® has the biggest teeth which makes picking up food easier for the littlest munchers.

Chum the Shark Munch Stix® has smaller teeth for more advanced munchers.

Chum the Shark Munch Stix® has smaller teeth for more advanced munchers.

Teri the Pterodactyl Munch Stix® has a smooth bill that most resembles real chopsticks.

Teri the Pterodactyl Munch Stix® has a smooth bill that most resembles real chopsticks.

2015 Family Choice Award!

We were already having a pretty good day here in the studio when we learned that Munch Stix™ is a 2015 Family Choice Award winner.  The Family Choice folks know a thing or two about the best products and resources for families and we could not be more humbled that they have included Chum the Shark, Al the Alligator and Teri the Pterodactyl on their list. Thanks guys!

 

The Family Choice Awards recognizes the best products, services and resources for all members of a family including our cherished pets. This awards program, now in its 19th year, is one of the most coveted, family friendly consumer awards program in the nation.

The Family Choice Awards recognizes the best products, services and resources for all members of a family including our cherished pets. This awards program, now in its 19th year, is one of the most coveted, family friendly consumer awards program in the nation.

Learnteria

Learnteria is a fantastic resource committed to helping educators find the tools that result in students becoming successful learners. The online site allows users to research, rate and review its listed tools; anything from playground equipment fund raising strategies. 

We are delighted to have Munch Stix as a new addition to their Cafeteria Equipment category.  Educators meet Chum, Al and Teri and let us know what you think!


You Go Girl!

Carroll had us right from the start at the hand-written letter she sent Rush3 Product Design Studios.  But it's what this local Charleston, SC woman wrote that has us nodding and smiling.  Seems that she saw a Post & Courier article about Rush3's recent milestones AND struggles and decided to finally pursue her idea.  Let's hear it for Carroll and all those other accidental product designers out there!

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." C. S. Lewis