This September 9 is National Teddy Bear Day, and Build-A-Bear Workshop stores nationwide will celebrate the beloved teddy bear all while helping children across the globe. They're offering an amazing opportunity for you to make your very own limited-edition bear and give back.
If you're not familiar with the beginning of build a bear it all started with an ambitious 10 years old dream…
Build-A-Bear Workshop was born from an idea founder, Maxine Clark and her friend Katie – who was 10 years old at the time – had when they were out shopping for stuffed toys. When they couldn't find the stuffed toy Katie wanted, she said, “These are so easy, we could make them.” She meant do a craft project, but what Maxine heard was so much bigger.
Maxine looked around to see if she could buy a business, like a factory that made stuffed animals and make it even more successful. She found a few that made stuffed animals, but no one wanted to sell. Katie thought they should just do it and so they did.
The first store opened in 1997 at the Saint Louis Galleria in St. Louis, Missouri. Today there are over 400 stores worldwide and over 125 million furry friends adventuring around the globe.
Not only are they female changemakers but they're bringing smiles and imaginations alive to this day! In 2017 Build-A-Bear celebrates their 20th anniversary and 2016’s National Teddy Bear Day marks the kick-off of more than a year of celebrations.
Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day with Build-A-Bear
To mark the occasion, guests of Build-A-Bear Workshop stores can make their own limited-edition National Teddy Bear Day bear for just $5 (CAN) plus applicable taxes across the U.S., Canada and U.K. stores on Friday, Sept. 9.
Fun Fact: This is the first time the brand has created a commemorative bear for National Teddy Bear Day.
In the spirit of the brand’s mission to “add a little more heart to life”, for every $5 bear purchased on Sept. 9, Build-A-Bear will donate a furry friend to Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada in Canada.
Don't forget to Save The Date: Build-A-Bear Workshop To Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day With Two $5 Furry Friends On September 9. Click here to find a store near you!