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Sitting Outside the Box with Chaheati

As amazing and practical as the Chaheati heated camp chair is (ok, so we’re a little biased), it makes perfect sense for cold-weather activities. Ice fishing, hunting, tailgating, and camping are all activities that are fitting for a heated camp chair. Even those who travel with RVs could benefit! But we thought it was time to sit outside the box a bit and brainstorm other uses of the Chaheati.

Now to be fair, when we first began development of the chair, we made a strong effort to consider all potential uses. We firmly believe that quality and durability are equally important to comfort. For anyone who’s recently uttered “they sure don’t make things like they used to,” you understand our belief. We knew that some people would be putting this chair through a lot, so we considered some of the more extreme uses for the Chaheati. But what about more non-extreme events a Chaheati would be welcome at? Here are some of our ideas, good for any time of year:

• Flea markets and swap meets: If you run a station at one of these events, you’re likely to be sitting as much as standing. The comfortable Chaheati heated camp chair makes the perfect portable chair while you’re there. If the temperature gets a little too chilly, just plug in the battery for a much warmer seat.
• Auto shows: People love to show off their autos all year round. For those who are camped out for the event, the Chaheati makes a great companion. Talk about the horsepower and drivetrain of your vehicle with passing fans, all from the comfort of your chair. And when you’re done, its collapsible form means you can pack it away in seconds.
• Job fairs: So you’re looking for some talent to add to your company? Too bad you often have to sit around for hours on end for some of the longer fairs. Why not do it in style with the Chaheati? It’s comfortable, and you can heat it up in seconds when the temperature turns chilly.
• Marching competitions: If you’ve ever been to one of these events, you know that there’s frequently a lot of sitting around and waiting. You also know that they are often held in fall and winter. It’s the perfect time to break out the Chaheati!
• Music, theater, and renaissance festivals: These festivals are a given for some quality lounging. Whether you’re chilling to the tunes of a great band, watching Shakespeare, or eating a fat turkey leg, the Chaheati should be along for the ride.
• Rallies: Sure, there are a lot of people standing, waving banners, and cheering. But perhaps you’d rather sit and wave your banner or sign with other folks. Might as well do it comfortably from your Chaheati heated camp chair.

Those are only a few outside-the-box ideas for places to take your Chaheati. What are some other locations/events that would be great for your Chaheati heated camp chair?

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Chaheati on the Move

Oof! We sure have been busy lately. Where to begin? Well, back in October we were working on the logistics involved with getting our Chaheati heated camp chair manufactured and shipped to us in time for our November opening of public orders for the chair. And guess what? We made it! On November 5, we began processing and shipping our first public orders for the chair.

It’s been a long road to get to that point, let me tell you. That has included a pretty intense sales and marketing campaign. Part of that campaign has included getting listed in the November and December issue of St. Louis Sports Magazine. And of course we’ve been utilizing social networking to get the Chaheati name out there. We’ve been utilizing our Facebook and Twitter accounts on a fairly regular basis to get the word out.

Leading up to the November opening we were busy in many other ways. On October 27, we were delighted to have Fox 2 News in the Morning spend some time with us talking about Chaheati. It was a lot of fun talking to John Pertzborn and Tim Ezell about the heated camp chair:

We’ve also made progress on our website, working to update the feel and content. We worked to get our store and cart system added and added more specific information about the Chaheati and terms of use for the site. It’s amazing how the site has been shaping up since we first started.

Finally, we’ve been attending numerous tailgating events, having fun and talking Chaheati. We tailgated at the Mizzou and Kansas State game on November 13 and have been tailgating all of the Rams’ home games. We’ve met a lot of great people during these events, and we’ve reaffirmed that there is a need for a durable, waterproof heated camp chair. We’ll be at the corner of Cole St. and Broadway in St. Louis on November 21, December 19, and December 26, tailgating the remainder of the Rams’ home games. Stop by and talk football and Chaheati with us!

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Finding the Right Tailgating Supplies

We’ve been doing a fair share of tailgating lately, talking football and spreading the word about the Chaheati heated camp chair. As we’ve moved from one event to the next, we’ve noticed that some people take their tailgating seriously. We’ve seen everything from Rams-branded barbecue utensils to beer belts that hold six cans. “Wow!” we think. “Where do people find this stuff?” There’s obviously a market for tailgating accessories, so we started looking around at who’s supplying.

Our first stop is TailgatingFanatic.com, a company based in Georgia. The folks at Tailgating Fanatic have been working tirelessly to bring the best tailgating experience to folks for years, understanding that tailgating is a lifestyle for many people. The company even encourages its customers to send in photos of their tailgating events to both gain a better understanding of what tailgaters use and to “maintain a personable relationship” with their customers.

Their site is relatively easy to use, though how the shopping cart functions seems a bit strange. When you add an item to your cart, a PayPal page is automatically opened. You do have the option to choose to continue shopping, which automatically closes the window. There’s also an issue with their FAQ not loading properly on the site. However, the selection is rather impressive as it’s not limited to only branded items. For example, a search for St. Louis Cardinals gear yields the predictable branded glasses and banners. But that same search also yields a wide variety of portable grills, lights, and collapsible tables — all things that are quite useful at a tailgate event.

FansEdge.com is another popular destination for folks looking for licensed sports products. These folks have been around for over ten years, with stores in many parts of the U.S. The company appears to have a strong focus on service at its core, providing a wide variety of goods for sports fans. They have a “Tailgating, Outdoors & Automotive” section for numerous professional sports, including non-team sports like golf, boxing, and tennis. A search of St. Louis Blues tailgating gear included flags, banners, koozies, and mats. We were slightly disappointed that they didn’t have as impressive a selection as Tailgating Fanatic, but FansEdge still offers a lot of options.

Finally, we can’t forget about another great tailgating item: the Chaheati heated camp chair. The fall and winter sports of football, hockey, and soccer all bring tailgaters outdoors despite cold temperatures. Wouldn’t it be nice to celebrate your team from the comfort of a heated chair? Our comfortable and durable Chaheati chair is easy to operate: simply plug in the slim battery pack and select a temperature. Within 20 seconds you’ll have a warm chair to kick back and talk sports in. Take a look at the features of our chair and discover how it makes the perfect tailgating accessory!

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Join us at the eWomenNetwork Holiday Shopping & Networking Extravaganza Dec. 10th

Join us at this festive Shopping & Networking Holiday Extravaganza at the DoubleTree in Chesterfield, MO this Friday, Dec. 10th @ 11pm.

Experience the excitement and power of Accelerated Networking, a unique eWomenNetwork process that assures you have an opportunity to:

Promote who you are and what you do;
Ask for what you specifically need from others;
Develop new business alliances and friends; and
Learn new ideas and strategies for promoting your business and generating more revenue

Or you can arrive at 12:30pm when it opens to the public and Shop, Shop, Shop!! We can’t wait to see you! Happy Holiday.

Please go to https://events.ewomennetwork.com/event/details.php?eid=13218 for futher details and registration information.

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Pick Up Some Holiday Cheer At the St. Louis Holiday Magic Show

Chaheati will be a featured exhibitor at the St. Louis Holiday Magic show. Holiday Magic is a ‘unique shopping and entertainment destination for families seeking festive activities and holiday cheer.’ Holiday Magic will be held at the St. Louis America’s Center, December 3-5, 2010. Come by and visit our booth on your way to get a photo with Santa, ride the carnival rides or while heading to the full-size indoor ice skating rink… all part the event. This is your chance to buy a Chaheati for your loved ones right before the holidays! We will have inventory on hand at the show. You can try the product in person before you buy it, and then take it directly home with you. Visit the Holiday Magic website for more information about the event: www.stlholidaymagic.com.

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Chaheati with their All-Season Heated Chair attended RV Rally 2010

We attended the RV Rally 2010 in Louisville, KY from July 22-25. We cannot thank the RVing community enough for all their kind words and support. It was our first trade show/convention and we were quite nervous. It is intimidating to put a new product in front of consumers for the first time. We received the best feedback we could not have asked for more, smiles covered our faces every day we were there.

RVers are a perfect consumer for our All-Season Heated Chair. Some RVers spend a lot of time outside in cooler environments. We strive to keep them warm and comfortable while enjoying their time outdoors.

The RV Rally was huge! There was 1000s of RVs and 100s of booths. Louisville was a great host city and their Expo Center was amazing. We were very pleased with the organization and the facilities for the event. Please check out http://therally.com for more information on RV Rally 2011 and the recap of 2010.

We have to say “Hi” to our show neighbors…..Patrick, David, Alex and the Port-A-Lift family!!