by Kristen Kucharski
WHEATON/NAPERVILLE FATHER DAUGHTER TO APPEAR ON SHARK TANK MARCH 12
ABC’s Shark Tank – it’s a dream we all dream about where budding entrepreneurs are given the chance to secure business deals that could make them millionaires for inventing solutions to common day problems.
Lindsey Fleischhauer, 38 of Naperville, and her father, Stan Valiulis, 63 of Rockford will realize the dream on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 7pm CST on ABC with The Totes Babies Car Seat Carrier, a product to make shopping with babies simpler. It holds over 75 pounds and allows full shopping cart access with most shopping carts large and small.
When Lindsey and her husband Mark had their first son three years ago, she dreaded going shopping because she could never get all that she needed due to the car seat taking up the whole shopping cart.
“If I tried taking him out of the car seat he would scream and cry; so, I knew there had to be a better way!” Lindsey says. “I then went straight to my dad who holds over 40 patents and we drew up some ideas and made our first prototype from a curtain rod and a drop cloth stapled together. I took my son shopping with the handmade prototype and it worked amazing in which I knew we were onto something!”
Although this is Lindsey’s first invention, Stan worked at his dad’s company Southern Imperial and has enjoyed seeing products prototyped, tooled, and marketed in the tune of over $100,000,000.
“Many are still selling after the business was sold,” he says. “I am hoping to use these skills I have developed with more products for Totes Babies.”
Together, he and Lindsey are currently working on some new inventions, such as the iPad and iPhone holder with Totes Babies which are also available on Walmart.com, BuyBuy Baby, and Amazon.com.
They both agree preparing for Shark Tank was a lot of work, but such an incredible experience, and cannot wait for the show to air. Photos Submitted by Totes Babies