Former Fenton native Janelle Fitzpatrick is now a major inventor with The Stair Barrier.

Janelle (Lowe) Fitzpatrick grew up in Fenton on Lake Shannon, but now she is a budding entrepreneur in Milton, Georgia.  A 1992 graduate of Hartland High School, her family is still spread out across the state of Michigan.

 In 2007, out of necessity, Fitzpatrick decided to invent a product that would help keep her two children and two dogs out of certain areas of the house, like the stairs. “We moved into a new home and there were no gates on the market that would work for the bottom of my stairs to keep my son from crawling up,” she said.  Not only was there no product out there that would suit her needs, she also wanted something that was attractive.

 Her design for The Stair Barrier met her standards for attractiveness and function, as a barrier for the bottom of the stairs. She also made it so that it wasn’t permanent and could easily be rolled up for storage.

 “It is great for keeping kids and dogs off the stairs,” said Fitzpatrick.  “Response has been amazing.  We have several large national magazines interested in featuring the product, customers love it, and we are in talks with several retailers.” 

 If you have a great idea for a product, why not try to turn it into a career. Fitzpatrick did it, so can you!

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