Houston Chronicle Article
February 21, 2007 * By Cynthia Leonor Garza
Vendors strive to fill the demand for new products
Denise Wirth recently expanded her Web-based business of selling wooden, life-like scented roses to include working with fundraisers, including schools.
The bright flowers that live forever were a big hit this Valentine's Day when students at Cypress Springs and Cypress Fairbanks High Schools sold them as singles or bunches -- and kept half the profit.
Wirth, who has two school-age children, knows all about having to sell and buy boxes of cookie dough that end up sitting forever in the freezer, and calendars or catalog-order items that collect dust. The repetitiveness of products can be a damper.
"I mean, you can only order so much" of the same thing, Wirth said.
With hopes the novelty of her product will bring in similar business this Easter and Mother's Day, Wirth and 50 more vendors made their pitches to hundreds of parents from PTO's, sports associations and booster clubs at the Cypress-Fairbanks school district's Berry Center on Tuesday. Most of the parents, including Michelle Belyea, said they are "looking for something different."