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Hot-button issue: Port Byron business selected as new Walmart supplier

Two years ago, Winky&Dutchy Inc., brought its business to central New York, moving much of the company to the village of Port Byron. Now, Winky&Dutch is making a different kind of move — this time to over 3,000 Walmart stores nationwide.

Last month, Winky&Dutch CEO Alice Globus visited Walmart headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, to pitch her products during the retail conglomerate's 5th Annual Open Call. The event is part of Walmart's commitment to purchase an additional $250 billion in products made, sourced or grown in the United States by 2023, giving dozens of American entrepreneurs shelf space at their stores each year.

This year, Winky&Dutch was one of them.

Founded in 1987, Winky&Dutch started in a machine shop in New York City, where Alice's father, engineer Ronald Globus, had begun experimenting with photography, cameras and lenses. And it was while working with something called a venticular lens that Ron had an idea, and he began making "winkies," charms that looked like little buttons with eyes that moved back and forth.

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