Modular furniture retailer Yogibo makes history
A retailer/manufacturer known for its bean bag chairs and pillows is expanding its drive toward inclusivity.
Yogibo announced it has become the first certified sensory inclusive retail chain. The project was a collaborative effort with KultureCity, which provides certified training to staff at any organization, workplace, or venue to ensure families with sensory-specific needs are in a safe, welcoming environment.
Yogibo worked with KultureCity to get staff trained at three locations, the first of a company-wide initiative. All of Yogibo’s 27 stores in the U.S. are on track to be certified by March 2020.
"Our products have been known to be very beneficial for people with sensory processing disorders, and our stores have been a destination for many families with people on the spectrum, whether it's for shopping or to attend our special events for families and professionals who work with people on the spectrum,” said Eyal Levy, Yogibo CEO.
“Getting our staff trained and be properly equipped to provide an exceptional experience for those families is the next step, and we're thrilled to launch it. This is perfect timing, especially when the shopping centers get really busy and overwhelming for any person; not to mention families with a member or members with sensory processing disorders.”
Yogibo, which is looking to expand its physical footprint, was founded in 2009 in Nashua, N.H., and opened its first physical location in the Natick Mall in Natick, Mass., in 2010. Stores have multiple seating areas featuring the company's line of bean bag chairs and pillows, modular couches and an assortment of home décor products and accessories.
KultureCity and Yogibo have partnered together several times, helping to build sensory rooms in NBA, NFL, and MLB arenas across the country as well as numerous other sensory projects. KultureCity has a free app available where users can find sensory inclusive locations near them at any time.
Yogibo bean bags have been named "Ten Best Dorm Product" by StudentAdvisor.com and a "must have for autistic children" by Autism Parenting Magazine.