This June we will host our 5th group of The Next Big Thing finalists & we could NOT be more excited – time flies when you’re having fun! Each summer our finalists take the next step in getting their products into stores – and we make new friends along the way, which we love!

Between today and Friday, June 22 you can VOTE for your favorite by commenting on this post and including your pick’s product name. Now remember, only 1 comment per email address will count towards the popular vote. So – no need to vote twice!

The winner is selected based on judges’ feedback on sell ability and a portion on popular vote. The winner will be announced in Big D during Market on Saturday, June 23.

Take a minute and meet this year’s finalists…

Finalist #1: Brobe – Austin, Texas
Allison Schickel, Founder

Brobe is a robe with a built in bra for personal and medical use. There are 3 types of Brobes: The Original “O” Brobe for extra support and coverage, the Mommy Brobe for the nursing mother, and the Recovery Brobe that helps women who have undergone mastectomy or breast reconstruction. Lined with drainage vials and pockets for ice packs, the Recovery Brobe helps create a more comfortable recovery.

Allison partners with Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Austin to donate 10% of the proceeds from the Recovery Brobe to breast cancer research.

Finalist #2: Accessory Connectz™ – Delphos, Ohio
Monica Wreede, Founder

Accessory Connectz makes accessorizing flip flops, headbands and pet collars simple and fun. The product is a strap device that allows customers to clip, pin or button on their favorite accessories to their items. In addition to the straps, Accessory Connectz offers a line of button on flowers. The line allows customers to get the look they desire in a matter of seconds, on a budget.

Finalists #3: PotBra™ – Fort Worth, Texas
Sherrie & Keith Charles, Co-founders

PotBra is a unique kitchen gadget designed for food transportation. Made out of a silicone rubber, the band has three cut outs that can stretch to fit any pot or pan to prevent the food from spilling. When attending potluck dinners, Sherrie’s dishes would always spill during transportation, that’s when Keith decided to make something to prevent food from spilling in the car.
-- MH