Contact information for Paula DeVore, Babyworks owner:
Telephone: (503) 224-4696, (800) 422-2910 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pacific Time.
Paula has over 20 years of experience in her field, and is available to be interviewed for print, radio and television media programs or stories.
MARCH 2011: Story on cloth diapers filmed at Babyworks for Koin Local 6 news at prime time, March 3, featuring Paula and two customers.
FEBRUARY 8, 2011 - Guest on "Think Out Loud," talk show on Oregon Public Broadcasting, about sustainable jobs.
DECEMBER 2010 - Guest on "More Good Day Oregon," Channel 12, two segments: One explaining cloth diapers, one exploring safe choices in baby toys.
PRESS RELEASE RE SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27th, 2010
(PORTLAND, Oregon) – It’s on the heels of Black Friday, and right before Cyber Monday. This year’s first Small Business Saturday on November 27th is a day to support local businesses that are the backbone of our economy and our community.
Small businesses in Northwest Portland want to spread the word, including Food Front Co-op and baby products boutique, Babyworks. “It’s a great opportunity for Portlanders to buy from small businesses that have been struggling in the recent tough economy,” says Paula DeVore, owner of Babyworks. “We were hit harder than the giant discount retailers like Amazon and Walmart and need your support.”
Tom Mattox with Food Front says, “By shopping at small, local businesses, you can help support the vibrant neighborhoods that make Portland so special.”
Small Business Saturday is a growing movement, with hundreds of thousands of fans on Facebook, and articles in the Washington Post and USA Today. Both the mayors of New York City and Boston have signed proclamations declaring November 27th “Small Business Saturday.”
Portland Mayor Sam Adams is also encouraging Portlanders to shop local. “From neighborhood business districts to pop-up shops downtown, small businesses are the backbone of Portland’s economy. This holiday season, I encourage all Portlanders to support their community by shopping at Portland’s countless, wonderful local small businesses.”
“When people shop at their favorite small business, we in turn provide jobs, quality products and personalized customer service unmatched by the large retailers,” says DeVore. “I’m so happy Small Business Saturday is raising awareness for us.”
ARTICLES ABOUT BABYWORKS
Articles in Print
This article, from a widely-read national inspirational magazine, chronicles the humble beginnings of Babyworks and the journey to where it is now.
Profiles two busy moms and their companies: Grandma Leeth’s Restaurant and Babyworks, both in Portland.
Two of Paula’s children are interviewed about what it was like to have their mom work at home.
A writer’s experience of Babyworks while tracking down Fuzzi Bunz, followed by other reviewer comments.
Chosen as a “Pick” by this website which profiles various unique, local businesses.
A review of natural baby clothing options in Portland, beginning with Babyworks.
Excerpt: “Thousands of consumers nationwide took part in a Co-op America online questionnaire to select their favorite green businesses. Based on 6,277 ballots submitted by consumers across the U.S., the top-10 finalists for the most popular environmentally-friendly business were: … Babyworks, Portland, OR (and others)"
review of Babyworks’ website includes the following summary:
Excerpt: “This mom and mom and mom organization is not just organic to be trendy. They have the most beautifully chosen products and they specialize in organic baby clothes, bedding, diapers and gorgeous wooden toys. They are small, but their choices are great, and they will talk to you with knowledge about everything they sell.”
Excerpt: “Paula DeVore, who started her organic cotton cloth diaper company Babyworks in 1990 [sic] to combat the landfill problem, disagrees. ‘I’m skeptical of any study conducted by paper and disposable diaper companies,’ she says. ‘If the environmental impact of disposables really is the same as that of cloth diapers, then why haven’t comparable studies been done for other products? Why aren’t we using more paper plates and cups instead of washing our reusable dishes, for example?’”
Excerpt (picture of Fuzzi Bunz and mention of Babyworks to illustrate):
“These aren’t the diapers your parents may have used, with their flimsy cloth and giant, scary pins. Today’s cloth diapers come with velcro closures, reusable leak-proof outer layers and, often, the eco-friendliness of organic cotton. If you just can’t bring youself to deal with the mess, don’t let that stop you. You can use flushable paper liners to easily catch solids--you’ll use a lot fewer resources than you would with single-use paper diapers.”
BOOKS ABOUT BABYWORKS
(These do not necessarily constitute an endorsement by any specific organization, as we would not make that claim without permission, but are listed here for informational purposes only.)
Consumer Reports Best Baby Products, 10th Edition (and many prior editions), May 2009. Sandra Gordon & the editors of Consumer Reports.
“This retailer’s focus is on cloth diapering systems, including covers, a variety of diapers...accessories, and lots of tips. You’ll also find a selection of cotton apparel, bedding, toys, natural skin-care and cleaning products, a baby registry and a liberal return policy. Call for a catalog or download it.
Baby Bargains, Denise and Alan Fields, 8th edition 2009 (and many prior editions).
Excerpt: “Other nice features: Babyworks has a recommended layette for cloth diapers, you can order samples and they can troubleshoot leaking problems.”
The Diaper Free Baby, Christine Gross-Loh, 2007.
This book discussing “elimination communication” lists in its diapering section many products that we carry, and mentions Babyworks specifically for “cloth diapers, training pants, and wool puddle pads.”
Green Living: The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth, by the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine, 2005.
Excerpt: “The focus of this vendor is on products that support healthy lifestyles, including but not limited to organic cotton diapers, clothes, toys, blankets, bedding, and bibs, as well as natural body care products, such as vapor creams and bug repellent.”
The Portland Baby Resource Guide, Deanna Nihill, 1998; listing also ran in Seattle Baby Resource Guide. 1998.
Excerpt: “Babyworks’ catalog is a pleasure to read. Besides offering a wide array of cloth diapers and accessories, you’ll also find cloth diapering tips, washing suggestions, “troubleshooting” hints, and an essay about the environmental importance of using cloth.” Mention of various products.
Diaper Changes: The Complete Diapering Book and Resource Guide, Theresa Rodriguez Farrisi, 1997.
Extensive listing of all the products we carried at the time. Excerpt, regarding our Heavy Duty Poly Nikkys, which we still offer: “I have been exceedingly pleased with the durability of this well-made, hearty cover.”
The New Parents Sourcebook, Hilory Wagner, 1996.
Excerpt: “Cloth diapering doesn’t have to be difficult! Babyworks offers a complete line of products to let you use cloth diapers easily--without pins, leaks, or hand-rinsing--with the soft, natural comfort of cotton....Catalog includes tips on laundering diapers at home and troubleshooting leakage problems
Guide to Natural Baby Care, Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet, Mindy Pennybacker and Aisha Ikramuddin
Lists and recommends a number of products that we sell.
Click here to read: Testimonials About Babyworks
Brief radio interview on lead in toys, Portland News Radio KXL 750 A.M, two versions: