Margaret Sinclair of Mabank might just be “The Next Big Thing.”
Sinclair has qualified as a finalist of “The Next Big Thing” product contest. The national product search contest is held at Dallas Market Center. There are only three products left to win the prize package valued at $12,500.
Sinclair, a former nurse, has designed and patented Maggies. Sinclair said Maggies are powerful little American-made fashion magnets designed to hold several layers of your favorite fabrics together. Hiding behind the scenes and under the seams, Maggies allow you to wear your scarves, shawls or sarongs in ways only fashionistas dream about.
“They are very easy to use,” said Sinclair.
Sinclair retired to the Cedar Creek Lake area in 2005 after selling her manufacturing business in Dallas.
Sinclair, a registered nurse, began her career inventing products for patient positioning, including a premature baby positioning pad. Sinclair said in 1984 that she returned to Dallas from London and started a manufacturing business to develop and distribute a line of products. She was awarded seven patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for her inventions.
Her new adventure and her eighth patent is an Magnetic Textile Fastener, now called Maggies. It was invented in October, 2012, but was not taken to the market until January, 2013.
Maggies are sold at speciality boutiques such as Kathy’s Boutique in Athens. Maggies can be purchased at Kathy's for $35.
“The Next Big Thing” finalist will exhibit their product before attendees from all 50 states and more than 78 countries during the upcoming Dallas Temp Show to held June 20-23, during the Total Home and Gift Market.
The three finalists are: Lawn Lights, invented by Mark Halther, Washington, Ind.; Tady Tote, invented by Sharon Soloway from Tuscon, Ariz.; and Margaret Sinclair, inventor of Maggies from Mabank.
According to the organizers of the contest, “The Next Big Thing” received dozens of applications from product designers, entrepreneurs and other creative minds from across the country and internationally. The contest allows up-and-comers, whether companies or individuals, to show their product in front of domestic and international retail buyers at Dallas Market Center.
Judges from consumer and trade media, as well as industry experts and former winners, will help select the winner based on the finalists’ products. The public was allowed to vote on their favorite through June 12.
“The 'Next Big Thing” winner will be announced on Saturday, June 22 and receive a prize package worth more than $12,500, including a $2,500 cash prize.
More information on Maggies can be found at mymaggies.com
Mabank business owner set to compete with Maggies invention
Margaret Sinclair of Mabank might just be “The Next Big Thing.”
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After 25 years as Executive Director of The Henderson County Performing Arts Center, Gilmore announced his retirement from HCPAC.
Chandler resident Tom Booth shot free throws for 24 hours to raise money for God’s Open Hands and a sports missionary. He overcame three surgeries to set a new record for shots made during the fourth annual Free Throws for Souls event held Friday-Saturday at Chandler First Assembly of God. He took 24,575 shots and made 15,750 for a 64 percent success rate. The goal is to raise more than $30,000 to donate all the proceeds toward missions work.
Kiwanis Pancake Day
The Athens Kiwanis Pancake Day started with a bit of uncertainty because of the weather, but ended with a steady stream of customers.
When the last griddle had been put away, the Kiwanis had served 1,525 customers, and raised over $20,000, before expenses.
Master Gardeners present giant check
The Henderson County Commissioners Court heard the annual report of a hard-working group on Tuesday.
The Henderson County Master Gardeners presented a giant check to represent the value of the volunteer work the organization performed in 2013.
Adopt a Bucket
As part of the activities surrounding the Color Fun Run for Water benefitting Hope Springs Water on March 22, participants will have the opportunity to adopt a bucket of water for the day for only $20.
The bucket is symbolic of those carried by mostly women and children in countries without access to clean water each day.
Citizens Academy coming
As a part of the City of Chandler’s ongoing effort to communicate information, provide transparency and promote citizen involvement, Mayor Ann Hall and the City Council established the Chandler Citizens Academy in 2013.
The first session was held April-May 2013, and was deemed a success by organizers and attendees.
A second academy is planned for 2014, with the first class scheduled for Tuesday, April 15.
Fighting for life
Family and friends have rallied around 20-year old Aaron Jenkins.
Three weeks ago Jenkins, a Mabank resident and former Trinity Valley Community College student, was diagnosed with liver cancer.
Aaron's Aunt Sheila Guill said, “He's pretty sick, but Aaron has a high pain tolerance and doesn't complain.”
Lake Palestine, Athens above levels, CCL close
Lakes Athens and Palestine are above their normal levels, while Cedar Creek Lake to the west still needs a good downpour to close the gap.
On Monday, when the average Texas lake stood at just 64.3 percent of full. Lake Athens had a reading of 440.06 feet, just above its average.
Three arrested for drugs
Drug offenses led to three Athens Police Department arrests over the weekend according to reports.
The first incident on Friday night resulted in the arrest of Joshua Paul Rogers, 25, for evading arrest and possession of a controlled substance. Rogers remained in custody on Monday, with bond set at $9,000 on the two charges.
County unemployment edges upward
Henderson County unemployment edged upward in January, falling between the state and national rates.
The January Texas Workforce Commission Report, issued on Friday, gave Henderson County a 6.1 percent reading, after a 6.0 percent rate in December. The national unemployment figure was 7.1 percent, while Texas enjoyed its lowest mark since 2008, 5.7 percent.
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