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Meet PJ McGuire of Wrapperoo in River North

Today we’d like to introduce you to PJ McGuire.

PJ, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
One morning while rushing to get ready, I ruined my gorgeous white silk blouse. Seriously, a glob of hair product landed on my shoulder and the idea for Wrapperoo® popped into my head. “Why isn’t there a product that can handle all the mess of my hair and beauty routine? A towel and a cape all-in-one…that’s what I need!” I thought while changing into a clean top.

I simply couldn’t get the idea off my mind! A week later I created the first prototype out of an old towel and a broken umbrella. Months later with encouragement from my dad, I took money out of my life’s savings, applied for the patent and started the journey to bring my idea to market.

It’s been an interesting journey but I’ve accomplished a great deal in the last 3 years. I was awarded my utility patent in February of this year. I’ve sold Wrapperoo on HSN (Home Shopping Network) twice. And I’ve been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, WCIU, WGN radio and in Good Housekeeping magazine.

Has it been a smooth road?
Smooth road? HA! From navigating getting a product manufacturing to paying vendors who didn’t deliver on the contracts…there have been multiple struggles along the way. However, we learn far more from our failures than our successes so I see it as a necessary part of the entrepreneurial journey.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Wrapperoo – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Wrapperoo is a multipurpose product that takes the mess & stress out of the hair & beauty routine. It’s a two-sided styling cape that doubles as a t-shirt hair drying towel. One side of the cape is absorbent to handle the drip, drip, and drip of wet hair, serums, hair spray, hair color/root touch-up and other liquids. The other side is both water and heat resistant to keep you clean, dry and protected from make-up, hair products, hot styling tools and all of that hair & beauty mess. It truly has more uses than you can imagine!

What makes me most proud is that I was able to turn an idea into a patented product that thousands of people use every single day.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The people! There isn’t a major city in the world with residents as friendly, fun and hardworking as Chicagoans!

Do I really need to answer this? “The Hawk.” After all these years I still can’t get used to the freezing cold wind whipping around a building and slapping me in the face.


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Willie McGuire

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