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Handmade Goods at Heart of Online Business

Entrepreneur Seeks to Fill Void

JoAnne Mantz once went for the perfect baby gift, but couldn’t find it. So, she started her own online business.

Mama B & #233;b & #233; & Co., which was launched in May, offers a variety of nonplastic and hand-made gifts made by American designers, such as Belinda Barton and O & J; Productions.

“Most of the baby gifts out there are still geared toward the everyday plastic-made things like baby rattles and picture frames,” Mantz said. “I sell homemade, hand-crafted and high-quality gifts.”

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Mantz’ online catalog features items such as wooden rocking horses, keepsake boxes, and puzzle stools. Many items cost less than $50.

Mantz, who also is the director of the San Diego chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, contributes 5 percent of all profits toward the nonprofit group.

So far, Mama B & #233;b & #233; has average monthly sales between $1,000 and $3,000, Mantz disclosed.

A longtime participant in nonprofits, Mantz has helped raise funds for many causes, including San Diego-based Operation Smile, which provides free surgeries for underprivileged children with facial deformities.

At Mama B & #233;b & #233;, people with disabilities and in need of a flexible work schedule, such as working mothers, are the preferred candidates for employment.

For information, visit (www.mamabebe.com).

, Marion Webb


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