Happy New Year—Love, Hugs and Peace too all!

Hard to believe we are at the start of another decade. Where did all the years go? Weren’t we just celebrating Y2K? Kids that were 10 and Build-A-Bear Guests in 2000 are now almost 20 and by the next decade will be parents of new BABW Guests but let’s not rush it. There is so much to savor in our lives as they are today let alone how they will be in the future.

Our staff had a lot of fun this past Christmas helping out Santa. When he asked us to be his Workshop in the mall we were scared but honored and we didn’t let him down. He was very excited we were able to bring Alvin and the Chipmunks because it was high on kids list this year. In fact they were so popular we are bringing them back for Easter and this time we will have a make your own Brittany the Chipette. She has become so popular! Right after Christmas we were able to introduce 35th Anniversary Hello Kitty and she too is quite the hit!

I am BEARY hopeful that 2010 will be a much better year than 2009 for all. We are getting used to a new economy where we have to be more planful and spend more wisely. While everyone needs the hug of a soft, cuddly teddy bear we know the Moms of our Guests want a great experience and a great value and we are working hard to help her say YES to her kids as often as she can.

Tomorrow we launch our first animal of the new year—BE MINE DALMATIAN!! He is quite the hunk if you ask me with his heart spots and sparkle heart dog tag. He has the cutest accessories and of course can deliver the PAWFECT message to someone you care for. The store is all set to WOW our Guests with our window of puppies. Our mailer arrives this week just when everyone needs a lift and a smile and it even has a special bearville gift and a great savings coupon for Mom. If you live in Canada we even have special Olympics merchandise and on January 22 we have the intro of ICarly bear! Our Guests have been asking and asking for Icarly and finally she will arrive.

Things are really hopping on buildabearville.com. So many citizens and they all give us GREAT ideas and feedback to make it even more fun. The marketplace will finally open this Spring and I can bearly wait. Kids will love the shops they can open and hopefully they will love being in business for themselves in BABV!

I hope to stay in touch more in 2010. Thanks for all your support and love and friendship.



7 Responses to “Happy New Year—Love, Hugs and Peace too all!”

  1. Celestial Says:

    I know that 2010 will be a better year. I can’t really believe its already 2010! I can’t wait for new features to arive at BABV!

  2. Mandi Pitts Says:

    I am so glad I was able to be a part of such a great company this past year and I am looking forward to many many years to come!

  3. Courtney Says:

    Thanks for updating us, Maxine! Have a wonderful new year! I’m sure it will be pawsome.


  4. jasmineflower105 Says:

    Awesome! Happy New Year’s Maxine!!!!
    I really want to get the Dalmatian because they are my favorite animals. 😀

  5. CaliApril10 Says:

    Dear Maxine,
    This is pawsome news for everyone! I can’t wait until the marketplace opens and I bet we will love it so much! I promise you we will admire the work put in from all the workers who makes Babv happen.
    Biggest Bear Hugs,

  6. AmberFireFeather Says:

    Hi Maxine!
    I hope 2010 will be a wonderful year for BAB – actually, I’m quite sure!
    Just wanted you to know that I’m doing a project about BAB in school right now, and was wondering, maybe you could answer some five short questions? I have until May 2010 to get the answers as the project takes a very long time to complete and must be an hour long. So yeah thank you so much and I hope we’ll have a wonderful year.

  7. MollyFlyer Says:

    Awesome to hear, Maxine! Is this what’s going to be opening at the Market Place on March 6?

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