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Building Friends and Memories
The bears at Build-A-Bear Workshop at St. Louis all have a similar story. “Mo,” one such animal, recently came to life.
A young man picked him up and began the process of turning him into a “real” stuffed animal. He received the standard parts all stuffed animals from Build-A-Bear receive, some stuffing and a heart, then he was stitched up. A Missouri Tigers shirt was slipped over the bear’s head and a birth certificate was issued.
Build-A-Bear Workshop declares that it is a great place for kids aged three to 103. Making a stuffed animal for someone special or even for yourself is a great idea and tons of fun.
Currently, there are five Build-A-Bear locations in St. Louis, one in Kansas City at Zona Rosa, one in Springfield at Battlefield Mall, one in Independence at the Independence Center, and one at Branson Landing where you can make custom stuffed animals.
The idea stemmed from a 10-year old girl named Katie who said, “These are so easy, we could make them,” to Maxine Clark when they could not find the stuffed animal for which they were searching. Maxine, founder and Chief Executive at Build-A-Bear Workshop, took the idea seriously and revolutionized the teddy bear industry by allowing customers to help make and fully customize their stuffed animals.
“One 10-year-old girl was the inspiration for this entire company,” Maxine says. “Think of the difference you can make! Always believe in your dreams.”
Build-A-Bear Workshop quickly ascended from one store in St. Louis to more than 400 stores worldwide.
Besides being able to make your own stuffed animal, Build-A-Bear Workshop has other unique offerings. Build-A-Bear features a way to locate lost bears and bring them back to their owners. Each bear is given a barcode number that is placed inside the stitches, and if it is returned to Build-A-Bear, the store can contact the owner of the lost stuffed animal.
On buildabearville.com, teddy bear owners can bring their animals to life in a virtual environment to play games to earn Bear Bills that they can spend on different virtual outfits for their bears.
Visit www.buildabear.com for more information.