September 2, 2009

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day

Come down to the area this Saturday, September 5th for a day full of fun!

Begin your day at the Visitor Center where you'll be given a map of the days activities and if you are one of the first 500 visitors, you'll get a goody bag and a spin on prize wheel.

Be sure to stop by the shop - we'll take your picture with your bear and if you make a purchase of $35 or more in Gund products, you'll get a free Gund bear! He's a darling fellow and will make a great addition to any collection.

Hope to see you then!

May 6, 2009

Don't forget Mom!

Make plans to spend Saturday in Glendale with Mom. Start at the Visitor Center and pick up the first flower and the map to the day's activities. Be sure to hit all the shops that are on the map and by the end of the day you will have a beautiful bouquet. We started this tradition in the area years ago and it is a very nice way to spend the day with Mom. There are fantastic places to eat lunch, great shops to explore and there's no better place to come and slow down, take your time and enjoy the atmosphere than the downtown area. And, if you in the need of a great gift for mom, you will for sure find something wonderful and unique in our little corner of the world. There is a shop for everyone, from cooking to sparkly bling to glass to bears and everything else in between.

Shop news -

We have received some great new games from Ravensburger. Chugga Choo Choo is a hoot - the train goes around on the track and the object is to load all your cargo balls into your hopper car - the first one to do that wins. Sounds easy - but it isn't! Very good for hand/eye coordination and it's cute to boot.

Some of the Steiff items have started to arrive. If you missed seeing Violet at the trunk show this year, she's a beauty. Light lavender mohair that has violets embroidered all over, she's a very sweet bear.

We've done some housecleaning and have put some things on sale. Drop on in to check out the selection - there's items from every section of the shop.

The 21st of May is the last That Thursday Thing and it's a fun one - Pajamas and Tiaras - made just for Valerie - the jammie queen! We'll be open until 8 that night, as will lots of our neighboring shops. It's fun to come in your p.j.'s but you don't have to, and it is a perfect excuse for us all to wear tiaras!

Come on by and see us, the bears love the company.
Linda & Valerie

March 31, 2009

Happy Spring!

My favorite time of year has arrived! I just love all the blooming flowers and the weather is perfect.

We've been very busy at the shop - lots of news!

First up is our new department - we've added all the stuff needed for needle felting. What is that? Well, let me tell you, it is fun, easy and an affordable craft. You can make just about anything out of it. So far I've made bears, turtles, ladybugs, bumble bees, skunks, pigs, pumpkins, mice, hedgehogs, and lots and lots of Easter eggs. Be sure to check this out on your next visit. All our wool is from the U.S. - Michigan & New Hampshire - and we have got a huge selection of colors.

There are lots of new things in the shop since our last update. We have added 2 new artists and I'll be getting pictures of their wonderful creations soon. We just had our Steiff trunk show, and we should start receiveing the new Steiff pieces very soon. There are some great Steiff items this year! We've got some extra catalogs if you were unable to attend - just call us so we can save you a set.

We've received lots of new things from Crocodile Creek - they have the best bibs and placemats! Brain Noodles are back in stock with lots of new styles and we got the "singles" too - they are the pipe cleaners on steroids. There is a great limited edition from Boyds this spring. It is a vignette - a bear with a bunny, bird and bird house...very cute.

And this Saturday, April 4th is our 17th Anniversary! I can hardly believe it! So much has changed since then and we've enjoyed every moment. Thank you for supporting us over the years. We'll be having a little party Saturday, be sure to stop in, you'll be happy you did.

This year we will be adding lots of great new things - there are some super fun puzzles from Ravensburger - you are not doing the picture on the box, but what the characters in that picture are seeing - kind of hard to explain - but they are really great! WASGIJ is what they are called - Jigsaw spelled backwards - and there are lots of different ones. I can't wait for them to arrive! Lots of new games - too much fun! Lots of really great stuff - and we continue to search for the best quality and value. We are always on the lookout for things made in America and we found quite a few wonderful items. Be sure to stop by often because there will always be something new.

Come by and see us...the bears love the company.