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Born on August 7, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, Stu Granick started his professional journey as an accountant. He later co-founded HIP Products with his colleagues, which catered to the modern culture by introducing innovative and entertaining products in the late 60s and early 70s. The retail stores of HIP Products were highly sought-after and successful, leading to its eventual sale to a large retail group due to its significant growth.

After his success at HIP Products, Stu Granick's interest in sales persisted as he joined the chemical company, MANTEK. While serving as the sales manager for the Midwest territory, he honed his selling skills and incorporated promotional products in every pitch. In 1979, he seized the chance to venture into promotional sales and started his own company, Creative Promotional Products. Stu was renowned for his selling abilities, and it was often said that he could sell ice to an Eskimo!

Pins From HIP Products

Manufactured 1970’s

Spin Art

Stu Granick obtained a patent for a spin art paint set, which gained popularity during the counter culture movement in the 1970s. He would host events at his store, HIP Products, located in Old Town Chicago, where people could come in and enjoy this entertaining painting technique.

DECEMBER 14, 2017

The Old Fisherman

Sometimes you read a story that everyone can understand. The story about a fisherman is that kind of story. It’s great food for thought.

Our house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of John Hopkins hospital in Baltimore. We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to out-patients at the clinic. One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door. I opened it to see a truly awful looking man. “Why, he’s hardly taller than my eight-year-old,” I thought as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body.

But the appalling thing was his face, lopsided from swelling, red and raw. Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, “Good evening. I’ve come to see if you’ve a room for just one night. I came for a treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there’s no bus ’til morning.” He told me he’d been hunting for a room since noon but with no success, no one seems to have a room. “I guess it’s my face…I know it looks terrible, but my doctor says with a few more treatments…” For a moment I hesitated, but his next words convinced me: “I could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch. My bus leaves early in the morning.”

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