Cincinnati Goes Mustache Crazy For All-Star Game

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As baseball’s All-Star Game approaches, the city of Cincinnati has gotten in the spirt in part by decorating its downtown with eight-foot handlebar mustache benches. Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds — originally the “Red Stockings” — were a team full of mustachioed players, and the city’s new decor reflects that heritage.

Huge mustache-shaped benches scattered around downtown Cincinnati, Ohio will help get guests in the spirit of things as the city plays host to the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 14th. The Reds, the team hosting this year’s big game, went mustache crazy to promote the team, the sport and the city.

Along with the 8-foot, 850-pound handlebar mustache benches decorated in a variety of styles, the team is promoting a mustache-focused logo and otherwise advertising that baseball and mustaches were once so intertwined it would take an experienced barber an afternoon to make sense of it all. City skycrapers near the baseball stadium are getting in the act, too. Already the nearby Scripps Center features an imposing mustache and old-timey baseball cap at the top of the building. Nearby another landmark tower will feature a 30-foot projection of a historic mustachioed player.

Mustaches absolutely dominated baseball in the late 1800s, as exemplified by John Ward of the New York (now San Francisco) Giants. Sadly, by 1895 mustaches had fallen out of fashion, and were essentially vanished by the early 1900s.

There once was a time when playing baseball mustacheless was unheard of. Nose neighbors dominated the sport’s facial fashions in the late 1800s before abruptly vanishing by the 1910s — save for the outlying team manager. Some say batters with mustaches interfered with the pitcher’s concentration. Others said the pitcher’s mustache was at fault, mesmerizing otherwise talented and focused batters. The players formed an agreement that none would wear mustaches during the regular season. At first, mustache-enamored fans revolted, only gradually re-warming to the game we know today as America’s national pastime.

 

Some Prop Kits will soon be gone!

Whisker Works has decided to discontinue three of their Prop Kits and put their remaining inventory on a super-sale! These lovely sets — the Hairy Pair, Classy Couple and Sassy Couple — are $3 each while supplies last. That’s $1.50 per prop, and they include prop signs!

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Find the savings here.

Also, there are a few new additions to the Whisker Works website. You can now purchase the Naturalist, a Lorax-inspired mustache, in all colors of the rainbow. And there are now six new styles of Fancy Bowties — metallic, pearlescent and even a glitter tie!

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Visit the Whisker Works Prop Shop to find these and more great props! All of them are plastic and are proudly made in America.

We found ourselves on the front page!

The headline reads “Photo booths, weddings wild about Sanford pair’s whiskers” on the front page of today’s Orlando Sentinel, featuring a rather large photo of the faces behind Whisker Works!

The hard plastic props have become a favorite with photographers and photo-booth operators in the wedding and event industries. Last year, their company Whisker Works sold more than 35,000 of the props, more than doubling output from a year earlier.

Whisker Works graces the cover of the Orlando Sentinel, February 19, 2015.

Whisker Works graces the cover of the Orlando Sentinel, February 19, 2015.

Visit the Orlando Sentinel to read the full article. Huge thanks to Kyle Arnold for the story and Red Huber for the great images. We are honored to be featured in such a great way!

Amber and Alex Babcock, co-owners of Whisker Works, have cornered the mustache-on-a-stick market from their Sanford home. The couple are making the quirky items as well as marketing and selling them on the Internet. (Red Huber / Orlando Sentinel)

Amber and Alex Babcock, co-owners of Whisker Works, have cornered the mustache-on-a-stick market from their Sanford home. The couple are making the quirky items as well as marketing and selling them on the Internet. (Red Huber / Orlando Sentinel)

Amber Babcock, co-owner of Whisker Works removes plastic mustaches from a mold Thursday, February 5, 2015.  (Red Huber / Orlando Sentinel)

Amber Babcock, co-owner of Whisker Works removes plastic mustaches from a mold Thursday, February 5, 2015. (Red Huber / Orlando Sentinel)

The final sale of the year!

All good things must eventually come to an end, and the final sale of the year for Whisker Works is happening now. For the first time in the history of our Mustache of the Month, we have TWO great props that are just $1.99 each. Visit WhiskerWorks.com for the following Cyber Monday deals:

1. Save $40 off an order of $100 or more using code “CYBER40”

2. The Professor mustache prop is just $1.99 for the month of December! Find it HERE.

3. Snowman Carrot Noses are also just $1.99 each! They can be found HERE.

4. Receive FREE SHIPPING on orders of $50 or more to a U.S. destination! Free shipping on orders of $100 or more to all international destinations. NO COUPON NECESSARY.

Now these are deals to smile about!

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Now is the time to plan your Christmas photo booth! Find this holiday set in our shop.The Christmas Mix

Coupon code “CYBER40” is case-sensitive and valid for handmade props only. Coupon may be used a maximum of 2 times per customer.

Shop our Black Friday deals!

Whisker Works has several Black Friday deals happening now, and the best part is you can shop without leaving home! Visit WhiskerWorks.com for the following bargains:

1. Save $20 off an order of $50 or more using code “Holiday20”

2. The Engineer mustache props are just $1.99 each! Find them HERE!

3. Receive FREE SHIPPING on orders of $50 or more to a U.S. destination! Free shipping on orders of $100 or more to all international destinations.

Now these are deals to smile about!

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Coupon code “Holiday20” is case-sensitive and valid for handmade props only. Coupon may be used a maximum of 2 times per customer.

$3.99 Photo Booth Props + Free Shipping

Holy mustache! The biggest sale Whisker Works has EVER had is happening now. There are more than 20 styles of props for $3.99 each, plus you will receive free shipping on orders of $50 or more to a U.S. destination (free shipping on orders of $100 or more to all other destinations). No coupon code necessary.

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Visit the Whisker Works Prop Shop to take advantage of this offer.

The Mustache March sale is almost over!

You have only 12 hours left to take advantage of the Whisker Works Mustache March sale! All handmade props are 20% off until midnight EST tonight. Use code “MARCH” to claim your discount at WhiskerWorks.com. All orders ship within 4 days.

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$20 off your $50 purchase from Whisker Works

Less than six hours remain to claim your Cyber Monday deal from Whisker Works! Visit WhiskerWorks.com and use coupon code “Holiday20” at checkout to get a $20 discount on your order of $50 or more.

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Sale ends Monday, December 2 at midnight EST. Code may only be used once. All orders will be shipped within 4 days, though overnight delivery is an option to most U.S. destinations. Happy shopping!

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Movember of a Different Kind

By now, most of us are familiar with the basic concept of Movember. Those who can, grow mustaches or beards throughout November to raise awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health, sharing photos of their faces as their faces get fuzzier. The facial-hair impaired show support through various mustachioed props and goods, all to support a good cause.

Jordan DancerThis year, just as in 2012, Whisker Works is helping a Florida elementary school teacher raise money in the spirit of Movember while bringing smiles to students. Jordan Dancer, who teaches in Hardee County, Florida, came to us with the idea of reselling mustaches on sticks at the school last year. We were happy to help, and by the end of his sale, he raised nearly $300 for his school.

This year he took his fundraising idea a step further by requesting mustaches with a custom tie-dyed effect using his school’s colors, orange and blue. A hair-brained idea perhaps, and I wasn’t sure we could accomplish it at first, but the end result turned out to be better than imagined. Halfway through Jordan’s Movember fundraiser, he’s already sold all of the custom mustaches, shown below, as well as dozens of other mustache props.

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To Jordan and all those out there sharing in the spirit of Movember, ‘stache on!

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To inquire about custom mustache props, please contact Whisker Works.

New wholesale rates at WhiskerWorks.com!

Whisker Works has increased bulk savings for those customers who need a large quantity of mustache and smile props. For bulk orders only, we are now offering machine-made props that are based on our handmade original designs. Doing so allows us to produce large quantities faster and with consistent colors. These machine-made props are very similar to our handmade ones — take a look at the image below and see for yourself. It’s hard to notice a difference.

Wholesale Rates

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We chose our top selling four designs to be manufactured by machine, and each one has two colors available. Our bulk props are still made in the USA, and they’re still BPA- and phthalate-free. We can produce large orders fast. But better than that, we can offer really competitive prices on these props with a minimum purchase of 20 pieces.

Sample estimates (subject to change):
• 20 kit-style props cost $60 + shipping: available here
• 100 kit-style props cost $210 + shipping
• 100 assembled props cost $235 + shipping
• 500 kit-style props cost $975 + shipping
• 500 assembled props cost $1,100 + shipping

Visit Whisker Works’ wholesale page for current information. Bulk purchases may be ordered pre-assembled (attached to sticks), or as a “kit style” at a larger discount (sticks are included, but not attached. No glue required). Most kit-style orders can be ready to ship within one day. Most other orders are ready to ship within a week.

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Contact Whisker Works for a quote on a custom bulk order.

Individual Prop Kits are also available. They make great stocking stuffers! Find them here.

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All Whisker Works props are proudly made in the USA.