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Despite A Bumpy Ride, This Travel Car Seat Is Ready To Hit The Road

Any parent will tell you that car seats are a travel nightmare, especially now that safety experts recommend keeping children strapped into booster seats until they’re 8 to 12 years old. Carrying or switching car seats can prove extremely difficult and time consuming, if not realistically impossible. Renting them from car rental agencies when traveling is expensive. What about car seats in taxis and Ubers? Most parents just give up and say, “Nope!”

In 2017, two jet-setting “dadrepreneurs” decided to tackle this problem. Andy Macaluso and Daneil Schlaepfer conceived their idea while rock climbing. They then spent two years developing and testing WhizRider, a breakthrough harness-style portable child restraint system that solves car seat woes. About the size of a coffee cup and weighing less than one pound, WhizRider is small and light enough to toss into a handbag, backpack, suitcase, or glovebox – so that parents can bring it with them everywhere they go.

WhizRider is developed based on the latest data from the biomechanics and accident research fields. Its innovative concept prevents children from sliding under the lap belt (or “submarining”), one of the most common safety issues for kids in vehicles today. WhizRider keeps children safe on trips and in a pinch when a car seat or booster isn’t a viable option. It exceeds U.S. federal safety requirements.

Macaluso and Schlaepfer had begun a new fundraising round to grow retail channels and brand awareness in the US back in January 2020. Then the Covid-19 pandemic hit, and WhizRider lost almost 90% off all commitments overnight. In parallel, WhizRider was defined as an emerging brand by Amazon USA and became a member of their Launchpad program. But then Amazon closed its warehouses for non-essential products. Furthermore, families stopped traveling and using taxis or ride sharing apps altogether.

“We were ready, but couldn’t sell product,” says Macaluso. “It was and is still an extremely difficult situation without real monthly revenue. However, as an entrepreneur, you need to be optimistic. We worked very hard and have been able to win some deals in retail stores in 2021.”

To survive, WhizRider’s cofounders did everything they could to cut costs. They terminated agreements with some partners and reduced services with others. And of course, Macaluso and Schlaepfer decreased their own salaries. They remain motivated thanks to the positive feedback they continue to receive from customers and the retail world in general.

These days, Macaluso and Schlaepfer feel optimistic leading WhizRider into 2021. “With all the positive news regarding vaccines, we are very hopeful that some sort of return to normalcy is around the corner. We strongly believe WhizRider will take off once ride sharing and travel become more prevalent again,” says Macaluso. “We are also extremely proud

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The Lord Baltimore Hotel gets ready for the Annual Couture Tree Competition

The Lord Baltimore Hotel gets ready for its Annual Couture Tree Competition


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THE LORD BALTIMORE HOTEL IS BRINGING BACK THE COUTURE TREE COMPETITION. YOU CAN GET INVOLVED. JOINING US WITH MORE IS LEE JOHNSON LOE, THE DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING AT THE LORD BALTIMORE. GOOD MORNING. >> GOOD MORNING, HOW ARE YOU THIS MORNING? MINDY: DOING GREAT. TELL US MORE ABOUT THE COMPETITION. WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT? >> YEAH, WELL, YOU KNOW, WE’RE SUPER EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO DO THE COMPETITION THIS YEAR. OBVIOUSLY, WITH COVID-19, IT’S PUT A DIFFERENT TWIST ON THINGS. THE HOTEL IS PROVIDING QUARANTINE HOUSING. NOT ABLE TO HAVE PEOPLE COME INTO THE LOBBY AREA. I DIDN’T WANT TO IS IT THIS YEAR. WE CREATED A VIRTUAL, ARTISTS OUT THERE AND EVEN PEOPLE AT HOME AND NEED DOWN TIME AND WANT TO BE CREATIVE AND PUT TOGETHER A DESIGN, THEY CAN DO SO THIS YEAR. SEND AND EMAIL TO [email protected] [email protected] BY NOVEMBER 15. SEND US A PHOTO OF THE DESIGN. YOU SUBMIT IT BY NOVEMBER 30. VOTING WILL BE ONLINE. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE 15TH OF DECEMBER. WE’LL HAVE TWO WINNERS THIS YEAR. DECIDED TO GO VIRTUAL, SOME NEIGHBORS REACHED OUT AND SAID WE HAVE WINDOW DISPLAYS. WE HAVE A TEAM OF [INDISCERNIBLE] PUT A DISPLAY IN OUR WINDOW. THERE WILL BE SOME OUT THERE ON THE STREETS AS WELL. MINDY: THAT’S FANTASTIC. IS THIS OPEN TO ANYBODY? CAN ANYBODY PARTICIPATE? >> ABSOLUTELY. THAT’S THE BEAUTIFUL THING THIS YEAR. THERE’S NO LIMIT ON THE NUMBER. SO BRING ‘EM ON. EVERYBODY. >> THIS IS SO COOL. WHAT ARE THE DATES PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT? >> SO YOU NEED TO SEND ME AN EMAIL BY NOVEMBER 15. AND THEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN BY NOVEMBER 30. AND THEN GO ON FACEBOOK BETWEEN DECEMBER 1 AND 14 TO CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN. THERE WILL BE TWO TOP WINNERS, ONE FOR INDIVIDUAL OR BUSINESS, AND THERE WILL ALSO BE ONE FOR NONPROFIT. $500 [INDISCERNIBLE]. MINDY: ARE THERE ANY GUIDELINES OR JUST THE SKY’S THE LIMIT WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR COUTURE DESIGN? >> THIS YEAR, THE SKY IS THE LIMIT. WE’RE NOT HOLDING ANYONE BACK WITH ANY KIND OF DESIGN RESTRI RESTRICTIONS. WE’RE LET

The Lord Baltimore Hotel gets ready for its Annual Couture Tree Competition


The Lord Baltimore Hotel is bringing back a holiday tradition this year, with the “Couture Tree Competition” and you can help get involved. Joining us to talk more about it is Lee Johnson-Lowe, the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Lord Baltimore.

The Lord Baltimore Hotel is bringing back a holiday tradition this year, with the “Couture Tree Competition” and you can help get involved. Joining us to talk more about it is Lee Johnson-Lowe, the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Lord Baltimore.

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Ready To Get Out Of Town? How And Where To Travel In 2021

Most of us have been quarantining for almost nine months, waiting for a safe vaccine, and jones-ing to travel again. “If this year has taught us anything, it’s that travel is a privilege and not a right,” says James Thornton, CEO of Intrepid Travel. “There is still so much uncertainty about where we will be able to travel to, but we must start reimagining how we go. We need to travel with a deeper understanding that travel is more than a holiday. It’s a way to critically support local communities around the world if we do it in the right ways.” The adventure travel company is proposing five foundations for the future of travel.

Go slow: Travelers are looking to unpack their bags just once and spend more time in a single destination away from crowds, Think of it as a Retreat. You can choose a destination just a few hours’ drive or a short flight from home. But the intrepid adventurer prefers an exotic destination and might want to fly to a quaint and safe little island such Lastovo Island on the Adriatic Coast of Croatia.

In this small village, locals still catch fresh seafood for dinner and make their own wine with locally grown grapes. Swim in the glistening waters of the Adriatic or wander around the rustic stone port. Lastovo was once occupied by the Venetians, and there is stunning Venetian architecture everywhere. Soak up the history and culture. Take a fishing trip with a local fisherman and enjoy a seafood lunch. Try an island bike ride or a wine-tasting trip. But do it all slowly and really savor the ambience. This is, after all, a retreat.

Go into the wild: Now is the time to plan for that  life-changing bucket list trip. Antarctica, the last of the untamed landscapes, allows you to get up close with different breeds of penguins, elephant seals, whales and more. Or, try the Galapagos Islands to watch spiky marine iguanas, albatross takeoffs and the mating dance of the blue-footed booby. Prefer the Big Five? Then choose an African Safari and feast your eyes on the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and African buffalo. And for a close encounter of the Gorilla kind, go see these majestic animals on a Gorilla trek in Uganda.

Go your way:  With travel restrictions, customization and flexibility are key. Prefer to travel in your own little pod or perhaps, solo? Try a Tailor-Made trip and see what you want on your terms. Think Egypt for a private trip to the Pyramids, ride a camel and shop the souks in Morocco, visit the Temple to the Sun in Mexico – the choices are limitless. Spin the globe and decide what you want: culture? History? Adventure? The world is yours for the taking.

Go on a human-powered adventure:, Last year,

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