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Bearville.com: A safe place to play online for all ages!

We know that a lot of bullying amongst teens and tweens has moved from the classroom to the online world. As Bullying Awareness Month comes to a close, we wanted to talk to one of our Bearville experts to find out how we keep Bearville, our virtual world, a safe place to play for kids of all ages.

“One of the ways we keep children safe in Bearville is with a very detailed Admin Tool, “ said Joy, Interactive OpBearations Manager, who has been involved with Bearville since it opened in 2007. “It allows us to see chat logs, trades [between players], inventory [of players’ accounts], etc. It allows us to quickly and correctly make decisions on whether or not a guest in Bearville is acting appropriately.”

Bearville.com near Sports Plex

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Champ’s Journey Continues through the U.S. to Japan

Champ arrived safely to the U.S. from Ireland (sporting a new hat!)

As part of his world tour, beginning in Canada, then to Slovenia and Ireland, Champ headed for the U.S. for a whirlwind visit, first stopping in Georgia to see Quinnlin and Champerina, before continuing on to World Bearquarters in Missouri for a quick hello.

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DonorsChoose.org: Helping students in your neighborhood

By Molly Saunders, Digital Bear

At Build-A-Bear Workshop, we know there are many important causes that our Guests want to support. One of the ways we can help support the causes most important to our Guests is by listening to them in our stores and through our many channels of interaction – email, letters, social media, surveys, etc. Making a difference close to home is very important to us and to our Guests. That’s why we are partnering with DonorsChoose.org for the month of August.

DonorsChoose.org a place for donors to pick students and teachers to help within their community

DonorsChoose.org is a website dedicated to teachers and students. It allows donors to find educational causes that are important to them and donate directly to teachers all over the United States. If someone wants to support art in schools, they can find a teacher who needs art supplies for a special project. If someone wants to find a classroom in their local grade school in need of assistance, they can search for specific schools and areas to find a classroom that needs their help right in their own community.

After receiving a thank you gift card from a company where she shopped, Maxine Clark, Chief Executive Bear and Founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop, went online to the DonorsChoose website and was hooked.

“I knew so many teachers who needed this type of platform to help provide needed supplies for their classrooms,” she said.

Taking a note from the educators it assists, DonorsChoose also encourages teachers and classrooms who receive donations to provide updates to the donors.

“For a busy mom, DonorsChoose makes it super easy to choose a project and then keeps you involved in the progress of the project and the success stories that result [from it],” said Samara Reiter, Manager of Store Opbearations. “When you give to DonorsChoose you’re not just giving to our future, you’re actively choosing to be a part of it.”

“Our Guests are children who benefit from a great education, so our relationship with DonorsChoose is a natural fit for us,” said Maxine Clark. “Many parents, aunts, uncles and family members of our Guests are also teachers, and it helps them, too.”

You can make a donation to DonorsChoose when you check out in our stores or online throughout the month of August. You may also visit DonorsChoose.org to find a project that inspires you.

Have you ever donated to DonorsChoose? Do you know a teacher that should be a part of the DonorsChoose community?


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.


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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Milford: Chief Executive Dog

One of the things that make World Bearquarters (BQ) so unique is that we are a corporate office that allows four-legged friends to come to work. On any given day we could have as many as 10-20 dogs in the office. They are all pretty well-behaved and usually stay near their owner, either on a leash or in a gated area. But there is one dog that has been here since the beginning, a pioneer pooch, if you will. Meet Chief Executive Dog, Milford D. Krueger. Milford started coming to BQ when he was just a little pup – under 10 pounds. Now, at almost 100 pounds, he is definitely a full grown dawg. He sat down with me and answered a few questions from some of my fellow bears.

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