About us


Fox Valley Novelties logo. The inventor company of the conester

Established in 2016, Fox Valley Novelties is a company dedicated solely to bringing new and unique products to the marketplace. Ideas that make people say, "Why didn't I think of that?" are what we strive for! Our first product, The Conester, was successfully funded via awesome #backers on Kickstarter, and we will continue in the future to bring ideas to the "crowds" to make sure they are viable for the consumer world! We are located in Yorkville, Illinois (Suburb outside of Chicago)


My Brief Story

My name is Tyler, and I am the inventor of the Conester and the founder of Fox Valley Novelties! Just a regular guy chasing the American dream! I grew up in a rural town in the far western reaches of Chicagoland. Growing up on my side of the highway I was always the kid coming up with the crazy contraptions. Sometimes they were fun and efficient, and other times downright dangerous, but I survived!

Here I am today, still chasing those very same dreams after a long hiatus. Its been a huge hill to climb, but is worth it. Especially when you have a beautiful and strong woman supporting you, a.k.a my wife!

I had an idea for the ultimate cup holder, but had NO idea of what it would take to make it a reality. I realized that this idea was going to force me to learn more in a few years than all of my other education combined, but if I didn't force myself to bring this idea to life, then no one would, or worse yet someone else would and call it their own.

So I went to work creating the first ugly prototype, then another, and another, and another. Researching new materials and simple design philosophies. Partnering up with other prototypers, 3d printers, sourcing my own manufacturing, learning to make the best deals, and how to design even more efficiently to make the product profitable for myself and others. Raising funds via Kickstarter in 2015 was another great endeavor and due to the hundreds of backers, The Conester™ is now a reality! This has only lead me on a journey to create more unique products, but The Conester™ will always be the one that started it all and I want my little girl to one day realize what this journey takes and apply it to her own dreams.

Thanks for supporting our dreams!

- Tyler Vickroy (Crazy Inventor)


Our Partners

For all our prototyping CAD work and design solutions, we have exclusively partnered up with Brian Walt of Walt3d. Great work and lightning fast delivery is what we became so accustomed to from working with Brian. Serious professionalism and a great eye for detail is what you can expect. Check him out at

 The First 3 prototypes of the anti spill cup holder coasters . Never spill another drink again.

Our Thank You Video from Our Kickstarter Campaign