by Cheryl Morgan
March 13, 2001
The Build-a-Bear Workshop is one of the stores on the below ground level of the San Francisco Shopping Center. The idea of the store is very simple. You get to choose a bear from a wide range of potential designs. Armed with an empty (but usefully pre-sewn) skin, you then get to stuff and fluff your very own bear. The store also has a wide range of bear clothing and accessories for you to choose for your very special friend. The prices are very reasonable too, with a bear cub available for as little as $10.
Actually the name is a bit of a cheat, because you can also buy puppies, kittens, bunnies, ponies, frogs, monkeys, turtles and koalas if a bear doesn't quite take your fancy. But whatever you choose, it will be yours, you will have made it, and you will thus be honour bound to cherish it for life.
Build-a-Bear is a fabulous idea for kids, and great for adults too. The shop is part of a chain with branches across the USA. Check out their web site for a store near you.
From journal South of Market: the new San Francisco