Linda Carlish is the president of LC Premiums Ltd., a promotional merchandising company of her own creation that made its debut in 1993. She is also the brain behind the unique POP ART toaster kitchen electrics product line. Her decision to create a new kitchen product came while traveling in China where she saw a toaster that toasted a smiley face onto bread. This got her thinking about the endless uses within the promotional industry.
In addition to toast, the Pop Art toaster™ can brand toasted images onto frozen pancakes, toaster pastries, hamburger buns and flat bagels. For regular toasting without an image, simply remove the stencil plates and store them away. The toasters themselves are retro style and high quality with 7 heat settings; reheat, defrost and cancel buttons; and a slide-out crumb tray for ease of cleaning. They are available in a plastic housing of black, white, red and aqua or a chrome model; all styled to fit with any décor.
With the help of her mom friends, POP ART launched the Creativity Coloring Kit. It is a 14 piece toaster set that comes with 5 edible flavored markers (FDA approved) for coloring on your food. After toasting designs onto the bread, kids are then encouraged to decorate their food, making mealtime engaging and fun. Whole wheat toast anyone? Yes! With the pretty apple flavored yellow flower.
The "mom division" was onto something and a new product called The 5-in-1 Tasty Baker™ was born. It is touted as the ultimate all-in-one table top appliance that bakes muffins, cakes, pancakes, quick breads and more. Your food cooks in about one third the time and comes out as bite sized shapes that are perfect for kid sized mouths. It even makes eggs and donuts!
The Pop Art toaster™ and 5-in-1 Tasty Baker™, gaining in reputation, signed on with Disney to create toasters and tasty bakers with Disney's most popular characters. Newest is a Disney CARS Sandwich Maker scheduled for release this holiday. A Vintage Mickey toaster packaged in a retro bread box and a Mickey hamburger press is planned for January 2011.
Their list of achievements include winning the New Product of the Year award at the January 2004 Promotional Products Association International trade show, the iParenting Media Award for the Creativity Coloring Kit, and the 2009 Seal of Excellence Award from Creative Child Magazine for the Original Tasty Baker while its two Disney models (Mickey and Princess) are winners of an iParenting Media Award. To prove her commitment to children and family, Linda has begun donating products to charitable organizations supporting children's education, health and children in need. She will be growing this part of the company in the upcoming year.
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