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Weston Mom Solves Tissue Problem

Weston resident Amy Davis wants to make it easier for you to blow your nose while driving. Davis created Kiss-U Tissue Tube — a cylindrical tissue container that fits in car cup holders and is sold in Walgreens — while getting her MBA at Fairfield’s Sacred Heart University .

“Inventing boils down to problem solving,” she said.

She drew inspiration for her product from the numerous times that she, while driving, reached around her car searching for a tissue to hand to one of her three kids.

“Multi-tasking is not actually as neurologically possible as people think it is,” she said.

Her first prototype was an old mailing tube. The final product, which costs $1.99, is 7 ½ inches tall with a pull-through top that can be removed for refills. The Kiss-u tubes have eight different designs.

The name came from a playful rhyming game that goes like this: “Mommy, mommy, I need a tissue.” “Kiss you? I hardly know you.” “No, mommy, not kiss you, tissue.”

About $55,000 in Kiss-u tubes -- which are made in China -- have sold since they debuted Feb. 1. They also are sold in drugstores in Fairfield, Westport, Bridgeport and Darien.

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