Two Mandeville women to be featured Friday on ABC's "Shark Tank"

Posted at 2:30 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 15:30:48-05

Two women from Mandeville will be featured Friday, February 26 on ABC's business reality show "Shark Tank."

The two moms will pitch their product, theBetter Bedder, which was created by the women to help save time making beds.

"We were pinching ourselves the whole time we were on set pitching these billionaire Sharks," said Nita Gassen. "We still can't believe they picked us to go on the show."

Gassen and her longtime friend, Judy Schott, worked together on nights and weekends while still holding full-time jobs to find a solution to the hassle of bed making.

"I told Nita that we have to create something. This is a daily task, and it's such a hassle," Schott said. "It just shouldn't be so difficult to make a bed."

After teaching herself to sew and quitting her job, Gassen helped Schott develop the first Better Bedder in 2018.

The ladies describe the invention as a giant headband that wraps around the sides of a mattress to keep both the fitted and flat sheets in place. Once on the mattress, sheets can be tucked directly into the Better Bedder rather than being tucked underneath the mattress.

"Once the invention was created, we immediately realized this product could dramatically change the morning routine of millions of people who usually resist making the bed," Gassen said.

With limited sewing experience, the women reached out to a sewing shop in Algiers which currently manufactures the product.

Gassen and Schott began selling the Better Bedder and even have a website where people can purchase the invention.

Those interested in seeing the final outcome of Gassen and Schott's pitch to the Sharks can tune in to ABC on Friday, February 26 at 7:00 pm.

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