Dallas Market Center is considered the most complete marketplace in North America, showcasing an incredible range of products and original inventions. Every year Dallas Market Center holds a variety of product ranking competitions, to help identify breakthrough products.
In 2012, Brobe had the wonderful opportunity to debut and showcase the newly created "Recovery Brobe" for the judging committee of Dallas Market Center's Next Big Thing Award. The winner was selected based on judges’ feedback on sellability and a portion on popular vote.
During Market on Saturday, June 23 the winner was announced in Big D. Brobe was honored to accept First Place for this distinguished honor. We are so grateful to have discovered the other innovative finalists below, so we've shared a little more about their businesses below:
Finalist #1: Brobe – Austin, Texas Allison Schickel, Founder
A "Brobe" is a robe with a built-in bra for personal and medical use.
Lined with pockets for postoperative drains and bra pockets for ice packs, the Recovery Brobe empowers women with the ability to feel like a woman, while experiencing one of the most dehumanizing points in her life.
Allison partners with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Austin to donate 10% of the proceeds from the Recovery Brobe to breast cancer research.
Finalist #2: Accessory Connectz™ – Delphos, Ohio Monica Wreede, Founder
Accessory Connectz makes accessorizing flip flops, headbands and pet collars simple and fun. The product is a strap device that allows customers to clip, pin or button on their favorite accessories to their items. In addition to the straps, Accessory Connectz offers a line of button-on flowers. The line allows customers to get the look they desire in a matter of seconds, on a budget.
Finalists #3: PotBra™ – Fort Worth, Texas Sherrie & Keith Charles, Co-founders
PotBra is a unique kitchen gadget designed for food transportation. Made out of silicone rubber, the band has three cutouts that can stretch to fit any pot or pan to prevent the food from spilling.
When attending potluck dinners, Sherrie’s dishes would always spill during transportation, that’s when Keith decided to make something to prevent food from spilling in the car.
We are so grateful to have had the exposure of participating in Dallas Market Center's competition. If you'd like to learn more about what they've been up to in the years since we were awarded "Next Big Thing" check out their website here!