IN THE NEWS
From "ABC News" to "The Today Show," Good Housekeeping to People Magazine,
moms in New York City to kids on your block, everyone is chalking about Chalk of the Town!
June 28, 2021
Michelle from Things That Make People Go Aww reviews our 'I'm Reading' tote bag and classic chalkboard speech-bubble t-shirt: "When I discovered Chalk of the Town, it was a total game changer for me...My favorite aspect of the Chalk of the Town items is that they are smudge proof. It makes me feel so much better to know that I won’t have to worry about my artwork melting or if I move too much."
Chalk of the Town Celebrates Pride Month
Chalk of the Town is all about the joy and self-confidence that kids (and adults!) discover in being their most genuine selves. That’s why, this Pride Month, we’re donating to the Ali Forney Center, the US’s largest LGBTQ youth shelter - to help ensure a future where every kid can be who they are, proudly and safely. Happy Pride!
March 29, 2021
Did some-bunny say springtime? Chalk of the Town's brand-new Bunny Tee is featured in The Pioneer Woman's list of "Best Easter Gifts for Kids of All Ages That'll Make Them Hop With Joy." Decorate this friendly pal for an Easter egg hunt and then wear it all season long!
March 5, 2021
Industry publication The Bloom Report features Chalk of the Town as a company of the week: "Moms to the rescue! The “mompreneurs” at Chalk of the Town are here to save us from cabin fever with their line of chalkboard apparel that can be instantly personalized, easily erased, and infinitely re-decorated." Click the picture to read the full article about Chalk of the Town's history - and future!
February 21, 2021
Good Housekeeping includes our NEW Bunny Chalkboard Tee in "40 Creative Easter Gifts for Kids That Are Just Too Cute." "Nobody will blame you if you go overboard with your kids' Easter baskets this year. Kids, like rest of us, have had a rough 12 months, so anything that adds an extra dose of fun and happiness into their world is worth playing up for as much joy as possible."
February 11, 2021
Catch our Snowman T-Shirt Kit on KMAX-TV's Good Day Sacramento, where Court and "The Toy Guy" Chris Byrne chat about the best ways to keep youngsters busy and keep cabin fever away. "Your kids might be stuck inside, but that doesn't mean their imaginations can't run wild!" Click the link to check out the video.
January 29, 2021
TODAY selects Chalk of the Town's Heart T-Shirt Kit as one of the best Valentine's Day gifts for "curious, creative kids," saying "Chalk of the Town products let kids design their own clothing and accessories with stencils, chalk markers and more. With this heart T-shirt, kids can create their own Valentine’s Day outfit and exercise some creativity while they’re at it." We're feeling the love!
December 22, 2020
Good Housekeeping features Chalk of the Town's Heart T-Shirt Kit! "These Valentine’s Day gifts for kids will totally make them feel the love.... Kids can add a personal touch to their Valentine's Day outfit with this shirt, which comes with a chalkboard heart and stencils to help make a design. After February 14, they can wipe off their design with a wet cloth and make something new."
December 1, 2020
Dr. Koslowitz, licensed clinical psychologist, says our chalkboard patch "has huge implications for parenting psychodiverse kids - it's so versatile - I can hack it for writing affirmations for OCD - or a way for a kid to feel a parent's support in a discreet manner - it's just brilliant!" Click to watch a video of Dr. Koslowitz discovering Chalk of the Town at the New York Toy Fair!
November 10, 2020
ShopTODAY includes Chalk of the Town’s T-Shirt Kit in their 2020 gift guide for 11-year-olds! “Not quite a teenager, yet no longer a little kid, an 11-year-old still wants to be surprised when it comes to gifts — they just don't want the typical toys they used to receive… Add a little chalk and they can customize their own T-shirt. From writing their favorite phrases to drawing a picture, the sky's the limit!”
Pumpkin Chalkboard Shirt on KATU-TV
October 28, 2020
Chris Byrne shows off a Chalk of the Town Pumpkin T-shirt on KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon! He talks about why the reusable Halloween t-shirt is a perfect option for people who want to celebrate the spooky spirit this year. Click the link to watch the whole clip!
Good Day Philadelphia's Halloween Ideas
October 16, 2020
“Forget the candy, this is going to keep you entertained for far longer!” Chalk of the Town’s Pumpkin Chalkboard T-Shirt is featured on Good Day Philadelphia as a top Halloween toy idea for 2020. Click the picture to watch the full segment.
Kiddos Magazine: Fall Essentials
October 10, 2020
Kiddos Magazine features Chalk of the Town’s Halloween t-shirt kit as a fall essential -- decorating the pumpkin shirt is a spook-tacular way for kids (and adults!) to get into the Halloween spirit this year.
The Spruce: Must-Have Holiday Toys 2020
September 18, 2020
The Spruce includes Chalk of the Town in their 2020 “must-haves” gift guide! “Consider this the most unique—and interesting!—piece of clothing your child has ever owned. Thanks to a cool patent-pending chalkboard technology, you can use the included water-based, non-toxic chalk marker to design a ‘new’ T-shirt whenever the mood strikes—simply wipe it clean with a wet washcloth.”
Family Fun Pack's Chalk of the Town Party
September 5, 2020
Family Fun Pack celebrates Alyssa’s birthday by decorating Chalk of the Town t-shirts with special messages just for her. Using the markers and stencils, the whole family creates fabulous original designs to wear to the party. Click to watch the full video. Happy birthday, Alyssa!
Crafting Up Some Rainy Day Fun
by A Time Out for Mommy, August 5, 2020
“After nearly 4 months of social distancing and distance learning, my kids are ready to have some fun. I’m always looking for fun things for the kids to do indoors, especially on rainy days. The first item is the Chalk of the Town T-Shirt Kit. My kids had so much fun designing... Not only can they bring their own fashion ideas to life, but they can also design their shirt for spirit week in school when they need unique threads.”
Summer Camp 2020: The Home Game
by The Toy Guy, Chris Byrne, July 7, 2020
"There’s an annual ritual for many kids across the country at the end of June—summer camp. There are day camps and sleepaway camps, and while many around the country are trying to operate this year, many are not. The ongoing impact of COVID-19, has upset plans and challenged families to create activities for the long summer days." Click to see how Chalk of the Town can help recapture some of that camp magic!
Backyard Play Ideas from the Toy Guy
by WGNTV Channel 9 Chicago, July 7, 2020
"Every camp has its own t-shirt, and you can customize yours with a t-shirt/craft kit that lets you change the front panel on the shirt to match the day, the mood, or your activities for the day. It’s a clever idea, and you can also buy stencils separately for a more professional look. The shirts are 100% cotton and machine washable." Chris Byrne features Chalk of the Town shirts in a segment on camp with Kristina Miller!
Crafting Vicky in Action!
July 4, 2020
Watch Vicky try a bunch of products from Chalk of the Town in this YouTube video. Vicky has a blast decorating t-shirts, tote bags, and patches -- and even tries out some Chalk of the Town stencils. We love her designs!
'Mompreneur' gives back to her NYC community
by Emily DeCiccio, Fox News, June 3, 2020
Sondra Mansfield, a native New Yorker and small business owner, saw people losing their jobs around her during the coronavirus pandemic and understood the impact of the growing food insecurity in New York, so she partnered with City Harvest to help give bak to her community.
Click the link to watch the video and read the full article.
May 28, 2020
Sherry Artmanko from PAL Awards presents to the FOX6 Milwaukee TV audience about great toys and activities to keep children learning at home through play!
May 11, 2020
Hooray, we won a PAL Award! "When kids made a mistake, they just wiped it off with a damp cloth provided and started up again. Providing a medium for kids to express their emotions is critical to helping build a child’s EQ (Emotional Quotient) to build abilities to name and express their emotions and recognize them in others." Click to read the rest of the review.
Chalk of the Town is stepping up to assist City Harvest
by James Zahn, Toy Book, May 6, 2020
"'We are a New York-based small business. I am a NYC native. And New Yorkers always step up to help one another in times of need, so we felt it was important for us to do our part during this unprecedented crisis,' says Sondra Mansfield. Now through June 15, the Manhattan-based maker will donate 10% of its profits to City Harvest. As New York City’s largest food rescue organization, City Harvest is expected to rescue 74 million pounds of excess food this year."
by Patty Hancock, Chatty Patty's Place, May 14, 2020
"Do you ever have occasions where you wish you had the perfect tee to express yourself? Well, now you can always have that opportunity with Chalk of the Town Chalkboard T-Shirt Kits! Dream it, draw it, wear it! I had a little fun with my tee and made a Coronavirus themed shirt. No need to worry if you make a mistake or change your mind. Just wipe and redo!"
Get Crafty with Customize-able T-Shirts!
by Julie Kieras, Happy Strong Fun Home Blog, April 27, 2020
"This spring, the boys and I discovered Chalk of the Town t-shirts. These are literally chalkboard tees! Kids can design and wear, then wash and re-design something new each time! Each shirt comes with several colors of chalk paint markers and stencils. It’s easy to create a slogan tee or artwork to wear. Pick from Speech Bubble, Unicorn, Heart, and other designs."
April 13, 2020
Good Housekeeping features Chalk of the Town in an article about indoor activities for kids! "Whether it’s due to bad weather, an unexpected school closure, or some other reason, once you’re indoors, your kids can get cabin fever quickly if you’re not prepared," they say, but with fun activities like our chalkboard t-shirts, "when the clouds roll in, you’re ready to go."
by Thrifty Nifty Mommy Blog, March 30, 2020
"Chalk-Of-The-Town products allows kids to express their inner artist or character or personality. They can also express their feelings like 'I miss my friends' or 'I love my family.' The patented chalkboard surface printed on fabric T-Shirts, Totes, and patches comes with special markers to use. Stencils can help those who don’t have the artful gene as well. When done, wipe it off or throw it in the wash and start again!"
by Amy Smith, My Four and More Blog, March 24, 2020
"Creativity is often lost in our rush rush world. We now have time to slow down and be home more. Take full advantage of this time to be able to encourage your children to use their creativity for the good. Chalk the Town is a great option for children to have be creative AND share happiness. Each day, they can create a new happy saying on their shirt or a fun drawing for all the world to see (on social media)."
January 9, 2020
Our Unicorn T-Shirt Kit's evaluation comments include, "The quality of the t-shirt is really good!" "Our favorite part of this t-shirt is that we can create anything we want on it," "This would make for the PERFECT gift or to give as a party favor for all the guests at a birthday party!! We loved this!!" Check out the link for some more tester reviews of our favorite one-horned friend.
December 1, 2019
"Everyone loves a good craft project -- especially one that can be repeated and hold all your favorite things. With Chalk of the Town, both kids and adults can personalize this Silver Heart tote bag, over and over again! Write a quote or a name, draw a fabulous design or a simple daily reminder. Change your mind? Wipe with a damp cloth and start all over. It really cannot get any easier than this."
November 25, 2019
"Kids have the time of their lives decorating, personalizing, wearing and showing off their Chalk of the Town Chalkboard T-shirts, then starting again from scratch whenever the mood strikes! Chalk of the Town Chalkboard T-shirts come in a variety of colors and chalkboard designs, appealing options that further fuel unbridled creativity and self-expression." Thank you to everyone at Tillywig!
November 23, 2019
"Proudly wear your thoughts with this re-markable and erasable chalkboard t-shirt. With the 'chalk of the town' - children can design and express themselves with a customized shirt every week. When you're done with your message, wipe it clean and change it up."
November 20, 2019
"Not quite a teenager, yet no longer a little kid, an 11-year-old still wants to be surprised during the holidays — they just don't want the typical toys they used to receive. To simplify the struggle that is shopping for tweens, we've rounded up a list with everything you need to make an 11-year-old smile... Add a little chalk and they can customize their own T-shirt. From writing their favorite phrases to drawing a picture, the sky's the limit!"
November 15, 2019
"Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families, and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The evaluation process uses a proprietary methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost."
by Jodie Maoz, November 15, 2019
"When sisters Wendy and Sondra notice chalkboard surfaces trending in interior design they thought, "Imagine if we could put a chalkboard on a shirt to create a new shirt everyday." As mothers themselves they also felt the shirts had to be durable, machine washable and reusable. After much research and a bit of product testing help from their school aged children, Chalk of the Town T-shirts were born."
by Maria Long, Staying Close to Home, November 11, 2019
"My six year old daughter wore her new “Chalk of the Town” T-shirt to school yesterday where she used the chalk markers (supplied with the shirt) to decorate it with the message, “Hi, My Name is Cate!” She said that every girl in her class told her how much they loved her shirt at some point during the day. How is that for an endorsement?! I was curious how the shirt would hold up after a day at school: amazing was the answer!"
by Amy Smith, November 11, 2019
"My little unicorn loving princess is going to fall head over heels for this adorable t-shirt. I can already hear the giggles as we get to design her favorite unicorn, her silliest unicorn, her warrior unicorn… I can only imagine the stories she will tell with this super cute shirt. A shirt that sparks the imagination. Well done Chalk of the Town. Well done."
by Living Chic Mom, November 3, 2019
"Check out these Chalk of the Town super cool customizable shirts for both kids and adults. These fun T-shirts make ideal gifts for artists, fashionistas, wordsmiths and even sports fans. Just use their perfectly precise water-based chalk markers to decorate these shirts for holiday parties, sporting events, birthdays or any day. We got all 5 kids matching shirts for our holiday photo's this year!"
October 31, 2019
"Instead of wearing their heart on their sleeve, have kids boldly wear their thoughts on their chest with the re-markable and erasable chalkboard tee shirt, appropriately called Chalk Of The Town! With one kit, kids can design and wear a new customized shirt design every week."
by Melissa Headley, Budies, October 29, 2019
"Stocking stuffers are sometimes an afterthought purchase because of the holiday rush. You want to make sure you have that amazing gift for mom, dad, the kids, and everyone on your list. But the right stocking stuffer gift can really stand out on Christmas morning. Whether you like to fill your stockings with practical, goofy, or trendy items, we have you covered with stocking stuffers for all your loved ones."
October 15, 2019
We won a Kid's Product of the Year, a Creative Play of the Year, and a Seal of Excellence Award from Creative Child Magazine! Some of our evaluation comments include, "I was skeptical at first, thinking the chalk would smudge. But after a short amount of time to allow it to dry, it stays put!" and "Love that they can create and recreate! Soft fabric and well made." Thank you to Creative Child Magazine!
by Amy Smith, My Four and More, October 9, 2019
"I must admit… the little lady of the house may not be getting her hands on this tote bag from Chalk of the Town. I absolutely love being able to personalize this bag. I can write my errands on it so I don’t forget – not that I ever forget, ahem. If I do give in and let her “borrow” it, I will write sweet notes to encourage her every time she sees it. This bag will be a great gift for any age group! "
October 3, 2019
"Rather than wearing their heart on their sleeve this fall, your kids can boldly wear their thoughts on their chest with these “re-markable” and erasable chalkboard t-shirts by Chalk of the Town. Using chalk markers and stencils (sold as a kit or separately) kids can customize their shirt with words, doodles, or whatever inspires them at the moment. Once the ink dries, the design stays on until you are ready to erase or wash."
Working Mother Blog, September 9, 2019
"Help your kids express themselves and have a fun craft project, too. Chalk of the Town makes an entire line of items you can personalize with brightly colored chalk markers, over and over again. T-Shirt kits, which come to a cotton t-shirt, stencil, three chalk markers, and cloth, are both fun and stylish. And they can let your kids show off their creative side. Check out the new "I'M READING" tote bag where kids can both carry and share what books they love!"
August 13, 2019
"The mark-able shirts have been featured on TV’s TODAY Show as a back-to-school supply to wear on the first day. Blogger Cool Mom Picks described the tees as encouraging creativity and the serious subject of activism. 'My middle schooler immediately added the hashtag #NeverAgain to hers and wore it to school the next day, to bring attention to the peaceful school walkout to commemorate the lives lost in Parkland, Florida.'"
by Debbie Zelasny, July 31, 2019
"Personalize it! Chalk of the Town makes an entire line of items you can personalize with brightly colored chalk markers. Kids can design their own tote bags with Chalk-of-the-Town’s tote bag kit, or make their very own personalized shirt to wear on the first day of school. The best part? You can wipe the design clean and make a new one when you’re ready for a change!"
December 14, 2018
"The key to keeping stress at bay is planning ahead and arranging an arsenal full of products to help make the task at hand a little more manageable. To help simplify the season, lifestyle expert Jenn Falik stopped by the TODAY show to share the Better Basics you need this holiday." -- including our products!
August 28, 2018
"Keeping the family organized before back-to-school season can be daunting, so lifestyle expert and TODAY contributor Elizabeth Mayhew joins TODAY to share simple ways to get tasks in order. Mayhew suggests creating a plan to work together and shares different products, such as custom pin boards and personalized backpacks."
August 24, 2018
"Having trouble picking a first day of school shirt with the perfect message? Customize it yourself, or let your kid design their own. Chalk of the Town shirts can be drawn on (and erased) just like a chalkboard, so your kiddo can rock fresh looks until they grow out of it. Buy a single shirt, and suddenly your kid has the perfect shirt for Spirit Day, Valentine’s Day, Taco Tuesday, and any other day she’s feeling particularly expressive."
by Jennifer Berger, August 23, 2018
"'This year, kids will find cool gear that looks great and is functional, and they will find toys that will expand their minds, and pique their curiosity,' said Laurie Schact, co-publisher of The Toy Insider, a consumer guide for parents. Personalize this tote time and time again to match your needs any day. The chalk easily washes off with a damp cloth so your creativity never has to end."
Texas Lifestyle Magazine, June 11, 2018
"Whether you’re heading to the airport, taking a road trip, or simply doing a staycation, we’ve got what you need to make this the BEST. SUMMER. EVER. Something to Chalk About: Looking for something to do with your kiddo this summer? Help them get their creative juices flowing with a Chalk of the Town T-shirt. They can make their own design within the speech bubble and sport their creation. A great alternative to screen time!"
Creative Child Magazine: Product of the Year 2018!
May 25, 2018
"Each year, a two day event is held in Hendersen, Nevada where over 60 guest reviewers consisting of moms, educators and early education professionals are invited to review products. Based on the scores and comments, one winner in each category is chosen." Chalk of the Town has been named a 2018 Kids Product of the Year and received a 2018 Creative Play of the Year Award!
by Liz Gumbinner, Cool Mom Picks, March 7, 2018
"Right away, I exclaimed that my kids would have loved having these for the Women’s March and — no surprise — turns out I know my kids pretty well. They flipped out over the shirt the company generously sent us to try out, and my middle schooler immediately added the hashtag #NeverAgain to hers and wore it to school the next day, to bring attention to the peaceful 17-minute school walkout on March 14 to commemorate the lives lost in Parkland, Florida."
by Lori Ennis, Mothering, February 18, 2018
"One of our favorite things about meeting the people behind the toys at the New York Toy Fair is coming across awesome Mama-run companies! We loved meeting the folks at Chalk-of-the-Town, and think your kiddos will love their markable and erasable chalk t-shirts! So you’re looking for a cool gift for a birthday party? Look no more!"
by Lisa L. Colangelo, December 14, 2017
"Chalk of the Town, launched by 2 savvy sisters, gets good marks. This is one crafty sister act. Sondra Mansfield and Wendy Gross Almasanu combined years of experience in graphic design, marketing and engineering to come up with a unique chalkboard T-shirt that can be customized over and over. Just a year after launching Chalk of the Town, their products are sold in more than 150 stores across the country and the patent for their chalkboard material is pending."
December 13, 2017
"Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: I have five nieces ranging in age from two to eight, which means I'm always shopping for a birthday present for one of them. I was thrilled to discover these adorable tees. Each one features a chalkboard surface that you can draw on with special markers. And here's the best part: When you're ready for a new design, you just wash away the existing one with water and start from scratch. So genius!"
"Giz Wiz" Dick DeBartolo, November 12, 2017
"This caught my eye as I roamed around the Play Fair Show at the Javits Center in NYC. It lets anybody draw or write on the chalkboard surface area of their Chalk of the Town t-shirt with a Chalk of the Town marker. You can let your imagination run wild and draw whatever occurs to you, or use the kit stencil to express your personal interests and style. And don't worry. Chalk of the Town t-shirts are designed to be used, worn, erased and washed over and over again!"
August 6, 2017
Chalk of the Town is pleased to announce it has been nominated for consideration as this year’s recipient of Earnshaw's Magazine’s prestigious Earnie Award, for “Best New Brand”. The Earnie Awards recognize outstanding childrenswear companies for excellence in design. The Earnies are the only awards program voted on by industry experts and being nominated for an Earnie Award is an important and valuable distinction for the companies selected.
May 14, 2017
Soul Cycle launches a special edition Chalk of the Town kids' t-shirt. On Mother's Day, selected indoor cycling studios around the country will be demonstrating t-shirts and selling kits that include: limited-edition Chalk of the Town Soul Cycle t-shirt, an erasable chalk marker, an erasing cloth, and a special stencil made just for SOUL CYCLE with music notes, a peace sign, and all good vibes!
by Amy Goodman, Huffington Post, February 8, 2017
"Boutique finds, independent artists and truly unique Valentine’s gifts...it all starts here, and just in the nick of time for the day of love! Here’s my guide as seen on NBC’s Today show, with a few extra bonuses your sweetie will adore."
February 7, 2017
Chalk of the Town appears on the NBC TODAY Show! Keith Urban and Amy Goodman discuss "Perfect gifts for your Valentine (even kids!) Valentine’s Day love is for everyone...Gift ideas for all the people you care about, including fresh-dipped maraschino cherries, personalized watches and books for kids."
by Poppy Arlo, February 1, 2017
"Summer camp is one of the first times kids can be on their own and enjoy the idyllic outdoors. Few memories prove to be as nostalgic later in life. The industry has responded by developing a growing array of camp-centric products ranging from flip-flops made for public showers to big spray and sunscreen with glitter. With all this gear readily available, the only thing a kid has to worry about is working up the perfect practical joke."