It’s almost Easter. Time to buy the chocolate, bake the ham, boil the eggs.
Bonnie Tyler and Sheila Torgan can’t help with the first 2 tasks. But if making easy-to-peel eggs makes your blood boil, they hop to your rescue.
The women are the brains behind the Negg. It’s “the world’s greatest egg peeler.”
That’s not me or an infomercial talking. The Negg has been praised by the New York Times and the “Today Show” — along with egg-makers everywhere.
And it was hatched right here in Westport.
Bonnie and Sheila are longtime business partners. Past projects include web design.
That’s cool. But solving one of life’s most difficult puzzles — how to make an easy-to-peel egg — can be life-changing.
The women had a great idea: Put an egg in a peeler with water, then shake it so the peel comes off. Easy as pie.
But they had to create a model. Peeling an egg is hardly high-tech. Still, Bonnie and Sheila needed a technological tool.
They found it at the Westport Library.
The Maker Space — with its computers and 3D printer — is the perfect place to turn concepts into reality.
Library manager of experiential learning Alex Giannini guided the women through many prototypes. Finally, they found one that worked.
From there they produced a patent-pending mold.
Since then, they’ve sold over a quarter of a million Neggs. They’re available through Amazon, HSN, Wayfair, other outlets — and of course on their website.
Sheila and Bonnie may be the hard-boiled egg queens of the world. But they haven’t forgotten their roots.
They’ve given back to the Westport Library by speaking on a crowd-sourcing panel. They hoped to inspire other entrepreneurs to fulfill their dream.
All you need is an idea.
Though a Westport Library 3D printer certainly helps.
(For more information on the Negg, click here. Hat tips: Betsy Pollak and Deirdre Foote.)