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Scare-Me-Nots save the day (and night)

Defender Dave keeps his eyes out for monsters.

Defender Dave keeps his eyes out for monsters.

Are you afraid of the dark? Do you feel in your pounding heart that monsters are under the bed? Carl Restivo understands. When both of his kids had nighttime fears of “creepies” in the dark, he decided to “fight monster with monster” – and Scare-Me-Nots, stuffed heroes equipped with extraordinary fear-squashing skills, were born. The Scare-Me-Nots, whose collective mission is to help children with any fear, have long, Velcro-tabbed tails so they can hang down to keep watch under mattresses, clear monsters from closets, or pull all-night guard duty on doorknobs.

Carl’s website, www.scaremenots.com, details his story and the inception of these award-winning “monsters” far better than I could. Plus the site is really fun. You get to find out how each Scare-Me-Not serves a precise purpose, only after having graduated from the prestigious Scare Me Not Academy. These are no ordinary toys, you understand. Watchdog Wally is a master detective, for example, while Valiant Valerie specializes in opponent territory infiltration.

Carl lives just outside Clifton Park, which makes the Capital Region home to a great innovator. His Scare-Me-Not monsters are available for sale on his website and also at Wit’s End Giftique on Route 9 in Clifton Park. But Carl’s not just a creative entrepreneur; he’s a quiet philanthropist as well – an unassuming man who doesn’t sing his own praises. I had no idea that he’d developed a unique Scare-Me-Not, Deep Breath Dudley, especially for kids with apnea and other sleep disorders, offering proceeds back to the Infant and Child Sleep Apnea Awareness Foundation.

You get to find out how each Scare-Me-Not serves a precise purpose, only after having graduated from the prestigious Scare Me Not Academy. These are no ordinary toys, you understand. Watchdog Wally is a master detective, for example, while Valiant Valerie specializes in opponent territory infiltration.

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