Category Archives: Friends Count Series

RSVP for our reunion!

We’re all about celebrations here at Build-A-Bear Workshop. This year we’re celebrating over 100 million furry friends made and we want to reunite with all our friends! This coming weekend, May 24-27, at all our stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, we’re having a Friends Reunion. If you RSVP to the event and bring your furry friend you’ll get an exclusive Friends Count Tiny Tee for your friend. Remember to RSVP for each person you will be bringing, and don’t forget to bring your furry friend. We can’t wait to see you there!

If you’re a Fan on our Facebook page or if you follow us on Twitter, be sure to share your reunion pics with us!

RSVP to our Friends Count Reunion!


General Sarge Celebrating Armed Forces Day

Two Paws Up To All Our Military Branches!
Saturday, May 19, 2012

Days like this hit a little closer to home since my human-owner joined the Army. They seem even more real with PFC Benjamin Jeffrey now deployed to Afghanistan. Today is Armed Forces Day. But do you know what Armed Forces Day is? Most people know about Memorial Day – which is next weekend by the way – and of course July 4th Independence Day is big too.

When Digital Bear Molly asked me to write a tribute post here on Behind the Seams I was thrilled and it was all I could do to keep my stuffing from bursting the seams!

Yes, yes, yes I would love to write about this very important day.

I even gathered a bunch of my military furry friends from General Sarge HQ for the occasion. We made a stop at Central Park in my hometown and posed for a picture. We got some interesting looks from people as they passed by, but we saw a lot of smiles too because everyone loves furry friends! If you look real close you will even see my furry-friend brother, Rockin’ Sarge, in the right hand side of the picture sitting in front of my tent and playing his guitar. Rockin’ and his new wife Photo Lady Sadii Sarg – who took this picture – moved back to New York State to be near my human-owner’s parents while my human-owner is deployed. It made us all very happy.

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Champ’s adventure sends him to Slovenia!

by Julia Roberts

Champ traveled safely for more than 10 days to the country of Slovenia to visit the Križ family. He arrived from Canada and his visit with the Sears family, where he started his journey. He proudly came holding a Canadian hockey flag, which made the Križ family laugh because they are also big hockey fans! Slovenia is situated just right of Italy and below Austria, and it’s surrounded by beautiful mountains. It was a perfect destination for Champ’s Around the World Adventure!

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Champ’s Around the World Adventure…begins in Canada!

We’re featuring Champ (not to be confused with Champerina), the famous Build-A-Bear Workshop bear who was created specifically to highlight children’s health and wellness for the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation. Champ was born from the inspiration of a family’s love for a daughter and the daughter’s idea to fund research. Read about Nikki, who lost her battle with cancer but whose legacy lives on in Champ. A dollar from every Champ bear sold goes directly to help fund grants to children’s related approved grant applicants.

Why is that important to know?

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Build a better Easter basket

We are proud to call Molly one of our 15 Friends!

To get more great tips on everything from making your under-sink cabinet more efficient to finding more free time where you least expect it, visit GO MOM!® Inc.

How do you make your Easter basket the beary best?


Quinnlin introduces her furry friend family

Quinnlin’s mom, Julia Roberts, is sharing her story this year. Click here to read more about them!


My Chicklet Turns 8: Birthday Soiree at Build-a-Bear Workshop

by Danyelle Little from The Cubicle Chick

On February 17th, my daughter turned 8 years old. I can’t believe that she is already 8 years old—it seemed like it was just yesterday that I swaddled her in her baby blanket. And now she is a 2nd grader.

My daughter wanted to have her birthday shindig at Build-A-Bear Workshop, so she invited a few of her friends to celebrate with her. Build-A-Bear is one of her favorite places and I thought the idea of her making new furry friends with her friends was something she would always remember.

The kids made bears, they laughed, they played, and they created memories. And as I watched the kids mix and mingle and enjoy themselves, it made me thankful for having such a wonderful daughter. She has been such a blessing to me and to our family!

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Purple Day is March 26: Epilepsy awareness day founded by our 2011 Huggable Hero

Q& A with Cassidy Megan M., 12, Halifax, NS – 2011 Huggable Hero

Four years ago, Cassidy Megan founded Purple Day for Epilepsy to promote epilepsy awareness. Purple day has partnered with the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia and the Anita Kaufmann Foundation in the USA. Purple Day is now recognized internationally with supporters in Spain, Iran, Australia, Madrid, England, Africa, Cyprus and other countries worldwide.

What inspired you to start Purple Day for Epilepsy?

When I found out I had epilepsy I thought I was the only kid with it. After the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia came and did a presentation and I saw that my friends were really interested, I decided to tell them I had it. During the presentation I found out that lavender can represent feeling alone which is how I felt. The next year I started Purple Day because I wanted other people with epilepsy to know that they were not alone.

Purple Day is coming up. What are your plans for March 26, 2012?

I want to make it even bigger and better than last year. I am working with our partners and ambassadors all over the world to get more people involved and spread the word.

What is your mission for Purple Day?

My dream is that one day everyone will know about Purple Day and epilepsy and no one will feel alone.

You’ve accomplished so much. What are you going to do next?

I’m going to keep working on Purple Day and keep helping people be aware of epilepsy. I also want to keep letting people with epilepsy know that they can do anything they want and to never give up.

What advice do you have for kids who want to make a difference in the world?

Keep believing that you can do it, when things seem hard to change it’s important to keep working hard. Every little bit counts, never give up and always follow your dreams, you can do it!

Click here to learn more about Purple Day for Epilepsy.


What does friendship mean to you?

by Maricris from Zensible Mama

When I permanently moved here to the US nine years ago, it meant leaving family and friends behind. It was like going to school for the first time and not knowing anyone at all. Everyone is a stranger and everything looked and feel either awkward or odd. But most of all, it was lonely.

But thank God I immediately found friends who soon after became my second family. If it weren’t for them, my first few months in the US would have been dull and boring.

There was one particular person who made a whole lot of difference in my life here though (besides my husband). She was a true friend. Her name is Ozzy. Unfortunately, she has gone back to Indonesia and I rarely hear from her now. Like me, she is busy with life, work and family. But back then, we were inseparable.

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Memories of Beary Old Friends

by Angela Roy from MommyPR.com

Dictionary.com classifies a friend as “a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.”

In that case, I think I could call my husband my friend, my kids, my dog, and even many of my facebook friends.

But, I want to go way back to the early 90′s for this one. I was in the 5th grade I believe. Wild child and knew everything right?  I was a more quiet kid, I liked school, and I had friends in every clique. But I had one friend that I don’t think I will ever forget. She was someone I never separated with. If she was in a class, we found a way to end up in there together. Finally, teachers just got the hint and we were seated together everywhere. After school I would help her to her bus, and then we would spend the weekends getting into as much trouble as we could in her golf cart. She was something else. We talked boys, music (she was really into Jimmy Buffet, and I just discovered Amy Grant & Micheal Jackson) , and gossip.

I remember my mom thinking she was bad influence on me because she found out we watched scary movies. The scary movie- Stand By Me. Best movie ever, but I guess at that age and time, everything seemed scary.

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