When baby made his grand entrance, mother and grandmother were instantly smitten. But eventually, after months of sleepless nights and living in yoga pants, it was time for re-entry into the world...which, for this restaurant and travel-loving mother-and-daughter team, meant taking the somewhat intimidating step of dining out in San Francisco. While the initial outings with baby were not always successful, the team was determined to continue to enjoy their meal. This was not always easy, though, because they were constantly worried about the table baby was chewing on, or picking toys up off the floor or, somewhat more mortifying though less worrisome - enduring nasty looks from other diners and restaurant staff.
One day, while visiting a wine bar in Sonoma County with little one in tow, a light bulb went off for the daughter. And so, just a few months after the arrival of first baby/grandbaby, the family welcomed it's second arrival - Neatnik Saucer.
For the baby who is just learning to sit in a high chair at restaurants, the Neatnik Saucer provides a clean surface for toys and prevents them from landing on the floor and getting dirty. It also prevents babies from teething on the table or other unsanitary surfaces. For the older, more seasoned (dare we say sophisticated?) baby gourmet, it prevents the so-called 'garden of food' phenomenon - also known as the wasted mess of played-with or chewed food that often ends up surrounding a high chair. The end result is not a less-messy dining experience, but a more relaxing dining experience.
The mother (Cookie Centracco) and daughter (Danielle Batchelor) founded Coulson's Crib, LLC., manufacturer and distributer of Neatnik Saucer® and other related products in 2007.
Danielle Batchelor - Co-President, Inventor
After graduating from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Danielle spent two years working at CBS in New York City before relocating to San Francisco. While in the Bay Area, Danielle joined thousands of other young people working for Internet start-ups. Danielle's experience, however, was rather unique, as she remained with the same Internet company for seven years (and two mergers/acquisitions). During her time at Shockwave.com, later AtomFilms, and eventually MTV Networks, Danielle worked her way up from sales to director of the global, Campaign & Sponsorship Management Team.
While on maternity leave, Danielle visited a wine bar in Sonoma County with her son. After multiple instances of retrieving toys off of the floor, that day, the Neatnik Saucer was born.
Cookie Centracco - Co-President, Inventor
Cookie Centracco is a “serial entrepreneur." Upon completing a doctoral program in French Literature, serendipity led her to discover her entrepreneurial curiosity. She was introduced to the inventor of an innovative new game (Pente), and proceeded to become a founding partner of Pente Games, Inc., which successfully developed and marketed the game to retailers nationwide. Beginning with one staff member (and a few great business advisors), she helped make the concept a reality, managing the company's growth. After three and a half short years, over two million games had been sold, and the rights to the game were purchased by Parker Brothers, Inc.
Cookie's later entrepreneurial endeavors included the founding and management of Zagal, Inc, a jewelry company specializing in hand-made sterling and semi-precious stones. Zagal received widespread recognition for its bold geometric look; and was photographed for Vogue and sold in many leading luxury retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman. An avid patron of the performing arts, she went on to co-produce Squonk Opera (Bigsmorgasbordwunderwerk), the first performance art musical to arrive on Broadway. When Danielle decided to solve the chronic baby mess problem for parents, she just had to jump on board.