Category Archives: Bearquarters

Milford: Chief Executive Dog

One of the things that make World Bearquarters (BQ) so unique is that we are a corporate office that allows four-legged friends to come to work. On any given day we could have as many as 10-20 dogs in the office. They are all pretty well-behaved and usually stay near their owner, either on a leash or in a gated area. But there is one dog that has been here since the beginning, a pioneer pooch, if you will. Meet Chief Executive Dog, Milford D. Krueger. Milford started coming to BQ when he was just a little pup – under 10 pounds. Now, at almost 100 pounds, he is definitely a full grown dawg. He sat down with me and answered a few questions from some of my fellow bears.

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A Company With Heart

We’re a company with heart. That’s what we always say. But what does that mean? Does it mean we care about giving back? Does it mean we love our jobs? Does it mean we have lots of love to give? The answer is yes to all of those, but it also means something more, something that really speaks to the root of our company and what is important to us.

You know those little satin and plaid hearts you put in your furry friends? We’ve had those forever. Even though they looked a little different, they were still part of the process from the very beginning. But we never realized the power of the hearts until a few weeks after opening our first store at the St. Louis Galleria. The store had been beary busy from the start. A phone call came in at the end of the day, right before the weekend. “We’re running out of hearts.” The manager on the line said they had become so popular that they probably wouldn’t have enough to last the weekend.

Making a wish.

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My Build-A-Bear Workshop Story


Hello friends!

Maxine and Katie, one of Maxine's best friends and the inspiration for Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Welcome to the official Build-A-Bear Workshop blog! We are beary excited to have another place for you to connect with us. Since reaching the incredible milestone of making over 100 million furry friends, our Guests have been asking for us to share our story of how we got to where we are today.  You asked and we listened – now you can read all about how we give back, the furry friends who have made a difference, and, of course, our 15 years of memories with you! We know that friends count and this blog is the perfect way to celebrate and give an inside look at Build-A-Bear Workshop. Continue reading


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