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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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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!”

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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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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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