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The inspiration behind Build-A-Bear Workshop

My name is Katie and I am the lucky girl who Maxine credits as the inspiration for Build-A-Bear Workshop®.  This is a credit that Maxine generously bestowed upon me, though I feel it is equally correct to say that I was merely a young girl who was willing to share my definite point of view on teddy bears and other furry friends!

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First Day of School

By Caitlin Noblitt, Social Media Intern

How do you make your child’s first day of school beary special? What if they are going to a new school? Share your tips!


Building the Right Friendships & Finding the Right Doctor

Champerina meets Dr. Teddy

In honor of Friendship Day today, Aug. 5, we wanted to share another special story about Quinnlin and her beary special friend Champerina.

When Quinnlin turned three she visited the dentist, like most kids. Nearly seven years later she still sees the very special Dr. Theodore Levitas or “Dr. Teddy”, as nearly everyone calls him. Dr. Teddy specializes in dentistry for kids with special needs.

On a recent appointment Quinnlin knew bringing Champerina with her to see Dr. Teddy would be fine because Dr. Teddy has hundreds of teddy bears himself. Quinnlin arrived with Champerina, proudly telling him, “This is my bear and I knew you would like her because you are Dr. Teddy and I know you like all kinds of bears!” Having Champerina come with her helps because going to the dentist can be kind of scary. It helped that this dentist had an entire conversation to and about Champerina and that make Quinnlin relax even more.

 

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Send a Smile with Red Stamp

By Caitlin Noblitt, Social Media Intern

Today is your best friend’s birthday and you’re scrambling to the nearest store to get her a card full of well wishes just in time for the celebration. You scour through the endless rows of cards and quickly pick one that seems to be about right. You hand over five dollars for a card you hope she will like.

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We have Huggable Heroes in our midst!

Molly Saunders – Digital Bear

For the nine years Build-A-Bear Workshop has honored amazing young people doing incredible work in our worldwide community. Through the years more than 100 kids have been named official Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes. These heroes have collectively raised millions of dollars and have donated thousands of hours of community service to help make our world a better place.

This year we are celebrating 15 youth from the United States and Canada for making an amazing difFURence! They have raised nearly $1.4 million to support worthy causes such as homelessness and poverty, bullying, literacy, health issues and recycling. Below are some photos from the service art project our Huggable Heroes created in Memphis, Tenn. at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Collage of St. Jude photos from the Huggable Heroes service art project


Meet Brandon , Father of 6

Brandon has been a bear for nearly 13 years, and he is also a father to 6 boys ranging in age from 5 – 17 years old! His kids help him keep Build-A-Bear Workshop the MOST fun place! When Brandon came to World Bearquarters, he worked on getting new stores up and running. He was an important part of the IT team and eventually began working more with our online and interactive projects, like Bearville.com™. You better believe his boys have helped him test games to make sure we offer pawsome stuff for kids of all ages!

Brandon Elliott's family

Brandon’s crew has also helped test the Build-A-Bear App. With a Dad in IT, his kids love all things techie. He became a bear when his oldest son was just 4 years old and it’s hard for his family to imagine life without BABW! It’s normal for his sons to hang out with him in the engineering lab at BQ or to help him cut foam board to make mock fixtures. They love trying out new gadgets and gizmos for us! Recently, Brandon’s kids have helped with our new digital sound station for Hear Me. The digital sound station has a touchscreen that allows Guests to choose from tons of songs and sounds, including ones that have been approved by Brandon’s boys.  At Build-A-Bear Workshop, we love to hear from real kids. They help us to evolve and remain innovative.

Besides helping their dad, ALL of his kids have celebrated at least one birthday with a Build-A-Party!

Brandon E., Director Virtual World & Interactive Opbearations
Jonah, 17; Ethan, 13; Isaac, 12; Carson, 10; Kyle, 7; and Caleb, 5.


Champerina: counting more than friendships

One day Quinnlin’s mom added up how many specialists she and her brother have seen as a result of their multiple special needs. It might surprise you to know that they have seen…

  • 7 pediatric nephrologists, 2 hepatologists, 10 pediatricians, several physician assistants and 6 surgeons
  • 20 speech, physical, occupational and vision therapists
  • 1 orthopedist
  • 1 urologist
  • 100 nurses (at least), lab technicians and nurse assistants
  • 1 child life specialist, 1 nutritionist
  • 8 transplant nurses/coordinators
  • 2 psychiatrists, 2 play therapists
  • 2 dermatologists
  • 1 insurance policy, 2 secondary insurance policies and 5 case managers
  • 5 pharmacies
  • 2 social workers

Quinnlin and Champerina head to the doctor, as friends

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