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b. dazzle Mixes It Up with Candy Scramble Squares Puzzles

Candy Scramble Squares PuzzleThroughout history, candy store owners have relied almost entirely on the business of children to stay in business. Today, the global sales of candy amount to roughly $60 billion. The Candy Scramble Squares puzzles from b.dazzle—nine-piece brainteaser puzzles for children and adults—teach patience, perseverance, fine motor skills, and critical thinking skills while helping players maintain mental sharpness.

More than 140 Scramble Squares styles are available on nature, sports, history, culture, occupations, fantasy, science, technology, hobbies, and activities.  Displays come complete with the 5-Minute Challenge in-store, free puzzle giveaway promotion. For more information, visit www.b-dazzle.com.

B. Dazzle Introduces Elk Scramble Squares

Scramble Squares, from B. Dazzle, Inc., nine-piece brainteaser puzzles are “Easy to Play, But Hard to Solve!” and are fun for all ages. The newest addition to this puzzle family is the Elk Scramble Squares. The Elk is one of the largest species of the deer family in the world and one of the largest land mammals found in North America and eastern Asia. Made in the U.S., Scramble Squares puzzles teach patience, perseverance, fine motor skills, and critical thinking skills, while providing stimulating entertainment as a solitaire game or cooperative activity. More than 140 Scramble Squares styles are available on nature, sports, history, culture, occupations, fantasy, science, technology, hobbies, and activities.

For more information, visit http://www.b-dazzle.com/scramble.asp.

GUEST BLOG: Co-Founder Marshall Gavin Tells the B. Dazzle Story

by Marshall P. Gavin, co-founder and executive vice president of b. dazzle, Inc.

In today’s tough economy, when mass-market discount import products are an increasing share of the market, b. dazzle, inc. bucks the trend by choosing to manufacture in North America and directs its efforts only to the specialty retail market. The company’s values include quality products that are wholesome, cross-generational, fun, and mind-stimulating; personal service recognizing the importance of every customer; a commitment to the American economy and the small business sector; and a strong commitment to high ethical standards.

In 1993, my wife, Kathie, and I lost our jobs in corporate America within six months of each other. We looked for new employment, but there was a terrible recession in Southern California in the early ’90s, and we were unable to find anything locally. After a few months of no additional prospects, our savings ran out and our home went into foreclosure.

Kathie always had a dream of creating a puzzle based upon patterns she studied in school, specifically ancient Egyptian ”heads and tails” tile matching games. Recognizing that we were at a point of losing everything anyway, I suggested to Kathie that it was the perfect time to take the risk of starting a business to produce and distribute her puzzle idea, and we wrote a business plan.

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