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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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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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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!


Armed Forces Day Thanks

Armed Forces Day is Saturday, May 19. To salute our troops, we asked our Facebook Fans to share photos of themselves with their heroes in uniform so we could create this album.

To all the men and women who serve and have served, and to every member of their families, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

Yesenia Zavala - SGT Zavala & our lil' family! from Ft. Carson, CO

Yesenia Zavala – SGT Zavala & our lil’ family! from Ft. Carson, CO

Mya Brown - Sgt. Dan Brown of WI National Guard and daughter Audrey. First day home from tour in Iraq.

Sgt. Dan Brown of WI National Guard and daughter Audrey. First day home from tour in Iraq. Photo submitted by Mya Brown.

 

Jessica Allen - My daughter wears combat boots!!! PVT. 2 Brittany Leyraud, AIT San Antonio, TX

My daughter wears combat boots!!! PVT. 2 Brittany Leyraud, AIT San Antonio, TX Photo submitted by Jessica Allen.

Jenni Dunfee - We drove all the way to Fort Drum, NY from Huntington, WV to welcome my little brother Sgt. Samuel McDowell home from Afghanistan. Her's Sam with my son Jake, who totally worships his uncle

“We drove all the way to Fort Drum, NY from Huntington, WV to welcome my “little” brother Sgt. Samuel McDowell home from Afghanistan. Her’s Sam with my son Jake, who totally worships his uncle.” Photo submitted by Jenni Dunfee.

Holly Mitchell - Sgt. Eric Mitchell, Ft. Carson, CO

Sgt. Eric Mitchell, Ft. Carson, CO Photo submitted by Holly Mitchell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geena Michelle Santacruz - Sarget First Class Pedro-Gonzales, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

Sargent First Class Pedro-Gonzales, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Photo submitted by Geena Michelle Santacruz.

David Schantz - SPC Daniel Schantz and His Mom at the airport

SPC Daniel Schantz and his mom at the airport. Photo submitted by Daniel Schantz.

 

Is there someone you’d like to thank? Share it with us by commenting below.


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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What does mom want for Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is May 13: how do you want to be appreciated?

The moms we know and love weigh in.

“I would just want to be acknowledged, because every mom needs some recognition! Sometimes I think my kids don’t understand what mommy does all day for them. Who would feed them if I didn’t? You can’t survive on PB&J all the time!” – Angela Roy from PRMommy

“I would want them just to behave and get along for the day, and help me out with the cooking and cleaning. Yes, it’s Mother’s Day, but I still have to work as a mom. It’s important to be appreciated because as a mom, I do need a break from the kids fighting and it’s nice to get some help around the house. It would be nice for a day to have less stress and have some ‘me’ time.” – Brandy Walleshauser from NoTimeMommy

“Thankfully, my children are so gracious when showing their appreciation for me on a regular basis.  I would like to be able to honestly just spend time with them doing something fun without worrying about what’s for dinner or having a schedule to keep.  Them sharing in their day with me would show me that they appreciate me and would be sufficient!  It also wouldn’t hurt to have sibling rivalry take a hiatus for a day, too! :) I see my kids growing up each and every day and just want to cherish these moments. We don’t always have a relaxed routine and schedule so it would be nice to be able to have it just for one day.  As a busy mom, it seems like each day is spent just preparing for the next “thing”, so it would be nice to just have one day where I didn’t have to think about things like preparing dinner, etc.”  – Candy Tai from Mommypalooza

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