Category Archives: Stories

How to make ice cream: a great Father’s Day treat!

Molly Saunders, Digital Bear

One of the things I remember best about hot summers is making ice cream with my dad. We use the old wooden ice cream maker that he grew up with. It makes the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted! Nothing ever comes close to that subtle, just-sweet-enough taste, especially after you’ve worked so hard to make it.

This is our family's ice cream barrel. When you store it, the dried wood pieces kind of rattle about. When you make the ice cream they expand and the only thing holding them together are the metal rings around the bucket. They expand to fit together perfectly and don't leak when you're making the ice cream!

I’ve adapted a version of the recipe he has used for more than 40 years so that you can make ice cream with your dad, or so that your children make ice cream with their dad for Father’s Day. It could become a really wonderful tradition for your family, too. I also like that making ice cream can double Continue reading


Ode to moms everywhere

Ever get that feeling, when you’re looking for just the right card, that nothing is good enough? That nothing written by somebody else could possibly express what you want to say to the special person you’re thinking about? I get that feeling all the time. And because none of the cards in the world are truly good enough for my mom (and I’m sure you’ve felt the same way), I thought I’d write this ode to moms (shhh… it’s especially for you, Mom). My wish is that every mom who reads this knows that they’ve done something right and wonderful for their children. It’s a little thank you, a note to say “you’re totally pawsome,” for every mom out there.

Hey, Mom,

I don’t know how you do it, “it” meaning every single little thing.

You brought me here and fixed me up, you even gave me wings.

You raised me to be myself, not knowing what that was.

You just knew you’d love me because I was yours; just because.

Of course I fought and yelled and screamed, even when I knew you were right,

And you just said, ‘Someday you’ll understand,’ as I angered with all my might.

You were more than a perfect student of all the tests I put you through,

Although, the lessons were mine to learn – something you always knew.

In fact, with a mom as inspiring as you, I grew to have no doubt,

How incredible your beauty was, on the inside and the out.

I think we’ve grown, and you’ve become my friend more and more,

I think, ‘Wow, there’s just no one like you. I totally scored!’

I just hope that someday, for my babes, I might be

Even a teeny tiny piece, of what you are for me.

- Molly Saunders, Digital Bear

 


Me and my mom

My name is Molly and I work on the Digital Team at Build-A-Bear Workshop. You’ll probably see that many stories and blog posts will be written by me. I figured some of you might eventually want to know the person writing them, so here is MY story of becoming a bear.

When I was 12 years old, I was running errands with my mom on a Saturday afternoon. We had one of those pointy-nosed mini vans with the new bucket seats in the front and I finally got to sit in one of them. At one point during our afternoon trek, my mom turned to me and said, “Guess who I met with today?” Of course, I had no idea. “Who?” I asked, wondering why it mattered, since normally her work days were not very interesting to me. “I met with an old friend of mine, we worked together a long time ago. And she wants to create a store where you get to make your own teddy bear!”

Continue reading


Leadership thoughts from Maxine Clark

by Lee Nadler of thesherpapath.com/blog

I have found that one of the keys to achieving a goal is trusting that your teammates can be counted on to do the right thing.  And thay they trust you.

In many organizations you must meet certain criteria, which are often not clear, to earn trust.  At Build-A-Bear Worksop, this is turned upside down.  You are immediately granted trust. Maxine Clark, Founder and Chief Executive Bear believes, “When you grant people trust they have to be accountable for their actions and use both their head and their heart.”

I learned that lesson as Chief Marketing & Interactive Officer at RIDEMAKERZ where I worked closely with Maxine and the fine folks at Build-A-Bear Workshop.

In our discussion, Maxine shares several other characteristics of leadership which I have also found to be present in Sherpas:

- Listening: “When you are truly listening, sometimes you can find the little things that matter and have an opportunity to make a difference.”

- Empathy: “How people treat each other from the heart is where the magic happens.”

- Empowerment: “You don’t just walk by people in life – you have an opportunity to make a difference. Leaders help people see their full potential.”

- Self Confidence: “People often give in to the impression others may have of them instead of building their own vision of themselves. Who is someone else to tell you that you can’t do something? It’s a competition with yourself.”

“I’m my own kind of Sherpa” says Maxine.  Indeed she is.

Listen, apply the insights to your Path, add your comments and share with others.


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.

Continue reading


My Build-A-Bear Workshop Story


Building friendships, One Champ at at Time

-by Julia Roberts

Quinnlin is 10 years old. The bear she is holding is a new friend, Champ – or Champerina, as Quinnlin has renamed her. They’re on a special journey. This journey involves doctors, therapists, special educators, resilience and a sense of humor.

More than just a furry friend, Champerina goes everywhere with Quinnlin.

Continue reading


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 41,342 other followers

%d bloggers like this: