Dream inspired man to create unique children’s shoe company

Dream inspired man to create unique children’s shoe company

The fatherdaughter team of Boband Jacki Stanley are pictured with their Bobbi- Toads children’s shoes.

Bobbi-Toads is a children’s shoe company founded in 2012 by a father-daughter team.

The company literally had its creation stem from a dream Bob Stanley had many years ago while vacationing with his family in San Francisco. In the incredibly detailed dream, he received what many would call divine instructions on how to create a specific product, including the brand name and even a particular charity with whom to share a portion of the profits.

On awaking, Bob related this dream to his family. His daughter Jacki remembers the incident vividly and, at the time, she was only 10 years old.

After returning from vacation the following Monday morning, Bob was welcomed by a new project from a new client, none other than the very same charity mentioned in his dream and one that had been unknown to him the previous week. At this point, Bob was driven to heed the call and immediately obtained a design patent for these comfortable kicks that feature embossed “toes” in the rubber cap with toes that can be painted over and over again with nail polish, just like real toenails, affording children a chance to creatively mix and match outfits with their shoes.

Of course, running a large printing company with his brother, Bob was left with little time to grow the company fulltime until he retired about the same time daughter Jacki graduated from the University of Miami. At that point the two teamed up to turn his dream into a reality. Of course, even before they turned a profit, the company already had started its support for the charity.

Bobbi-Toads sell online at www.bobbitoads.com but have been seen on display recently at a Farmer’s Market where children stood in line to take a try painting the sample shoes with their favorite colors. The shoes are the most exclusive, adorable, and high-quality sneakers for little girls and seem to be a hit with adults as well.

While Bobbi-Toads sneakers do work well with any nail polish and remover, the Toads Team offers their bright and cosmic Bobbi-Polish nail polish, which is non-toxic and eco-friendly.

Bobbi-Toads make the perfect present for any young girl, and Bobbi-Bucks gift certificates are also available for those little fashionistas who may want to pick out their own pair.
You have to love a company that has a mission of helping charity while also affording young girls a fun creative outlet.

For additional information, contact Jacki Stanley at 1-855-BUY-TOADS.

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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