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‘Kidpreneur’ from Ferndale has a Monster of an Idea

Fifth-grader has been selling Finnegan’s Monsters from his Facebook page, but now a limited supply will be available at the Candle Wick Shoppe during the Holiday Ice Festival.

Ferndale fifth-grader Finnegan Mueller is selling Finnegan's Monsters faster than he can make them. Photo submitted.
Ferndale fifth-grader Finnegan Mueller is selling Finnegan's Monsters faster than he can make them. Photo submitted.

From a news release:

Home by home, room by room, child by child, monsters are invading.

Not to worry, they’re Finnegan’s Monsters – adorable, homemade plush monsters created by an enterprising Ferndale fifth-grader, Finnegan “Finn” Mueller. He’s making an extra-friendly batch that will be available at the Candle Wick Shoppe during the Dec. 14 Holiday Ice Festival, according to a news release.

Finn’s business is catching on and some of his monsters can be found all around the metro and beyond. He sells from his Finnegan’s Monsters Facebook page, and family and friends are snatching up as many as he can make to give as the perfect holiday treat.   

Each of the monsters has a unique story. For example, Willie, the super-duper shy monster, always carries two toy cars, one for himself and another for his invisible friend. Claudia is a cheerleader without rhythm who yells too loudly. Daisy is a girly-girl type who loves pink and sparkles, but is no creampuff.

Finn’s family pitches into help in the manufacturing. Each is hand-sewn, and each face is hand-painted. Mom Nan Kerr-Mueller is her son’s No. 1 helper. It was her innovation of a “stuffie” for a new family member that inspired Finn to create his own monstrous version.

His father, Chris Mueller, immediately dubbed them “Finnegan’s Monsters.

Interest in Finnegan’s Monsters has been brisk enough that he’s enlisted his younger brother, Connor, to help with the construction. Connor is being paid as a subcontractor.

Once the monster is done, the family gathers to tell the tale of the monster and record it for the monster’s new family.

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