Confession: Kaden and I have never been to a Build-A-Bear Workshop before.We haven't even gone inside. Major gasp!
As I slowly pick my head up from all the shame that is holding me down, please let me explain. The truth is— I have no real reason. Kaden and I have just admired the window displays and the adorable outfits on each bear. I'm not even sure we have been invited to a party at a Build-A-Bear Workshop. I feel like a failure.
But not a complete failure. This is all about to change.
Tomorrow, October 19, 2012, Westfield Annapolis (located at 1800 Annapolis Mall Annapolis, MD 21401) will unveil a "newly imagined Build-A-Bear Workshop store". It is one of six stores that slated to open here in the United States. The major changes comes in the form of the making the bear process. Now, there will be a technology element added that will enhance the normal hands-on process.
Because we are new to the store, it will be a real treat for us. Kaden uses a lot of technology including the computer and his beloved iPod. I am sure he will enjoy this new aspect at Build-A-Bear Workshop. But even more importantly will be the special celebration that will accompany this event. Children who are in need of a "teddy bear hug" will be the recipients of 100 bears made by guests in the store that day, thanks to Toys for Tots. Check out more details below:
|Ad from my local paper|
Friday, Oct. 19, 2012
Grand Opening Celebrations
- Special ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening with Toys for Tots representatives and Dave Finnegan.
- Local children making bears to be donated to Toys for Tots which will help distribute the bears to children in need of a teddy bear hug.
- First 100 Guests invited to make a special bear for free to be donated to Toys for Tots.
- Family-friendly entertainment throughout the day, including appearances by Bearemy®, the Build-A-Bear Workshop huggable mascot.
Stuffed with Hugs
First 100 Guests invited to make a special bear for free to be donated to Toys for Tots.
Family-friendly entertainment throughout the day, including appearances by Bearemy®, the Build-A-Bear Workshop huggable mascot.
This has been a two year process getting to this point. Check out this article in the NY Times about the newly enhanced bear-making process: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/business/media/build-a-bear-adds-a-technology-factor.html?ref=buildabearworkshopinc.
Although tomorrow will be our first time visiting Build-A-Bear Workshop, I'm sure it won't be our last. It's going to be a beary fun day!
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About Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is the only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience. There are more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, including company-owned stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Mexico and South America. Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear Workshop is the leader in interactive retail. Brands include make-your-own Major League Baseball® mascot in-stadium locations, and Build-A-Dino® stores. Build-A-Bear Workshop extends its in-store interactive experience online with its award winning virtual world and entertainment destination website at bearville.com™. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the fourth year in a row in 2012. Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW) posted total revenue of $394.4 million in fiscal 2011. For more information, call 888.560.BEAR (2327) or visit the company's award-winning website at buildabear.com®.
Kaden and I are attending a special event at a local Build-a-Bear workshop. We will have the chance to make a bear, free of charge. The opinions and views are my own.