Archive for March, 2010

IT’S A MAD, MAD MARCH IN ST. LOUIS!

March 25, 2010

This past weekend the Lady Bears of Washington University in St. Louis won their Div 3 National Title against Hope College. It was a great weekend and a great win. The girls really played well and truly won the game totally! It was a proud night. Title IX showed its true value tonight watching these strong, beautiful women play exciting basketball.

We stayed with the team and parents and celebrated their success. It was great to see the men’s team and coaches there as well supporting their team. The men were eliminated in an early round which was very disappointing having been National Champs for 2008-2009. It was a lot like the Kansas loss…unexpected and very sad!

This week it’s basketball big time in St. Louis as the Sweet Sixteen men’s games come to town. It won’t be as exciting without Kansas but many Northern Iowa fans will be in town. Great for business as the tourists also go shopping. The Zoo and the Science Center will sure to have lots of visitors who want to make bears and dinos!

Also great news is that Saint Louis University men are progressing in their CBI Tourney. They won tonight against Princeton and are maturing as a team. They are all young so lots of great basketball in their future.

I am a student of the coaching that goes on in basketball—especially college basketball. I hope these kids will look back on this learning experience as more than just sports coaching and see it as life coaching.

It is officially Spring and I think the consumer has begun to come out of their winter and economic hiatus. The malls are much busier and people are carrying shopping bags and cub condos!! Two big weekends left until Easter. Blossom bunny is a hit and I have to pick up a few extra for Easter basket gifts too. She also has the cutest outfits.

I am in NYC just for the nite and went to a dinner of some very special retailers. It was great to see some old friends and meet some new ones, especially those in the .com space. I learned a lot and look forward to meeting some of these people again soon. It is even more fun to meet people who run companies where you shop and can appreciate their products and their hard work. It is also rewarding to hear all their stories about their kids loving Build-A-Bear Workshop and buildabearville.com:)

Have a great week and Hoppy Easter and have a Pawsome Passover.

Hugs,
Maxine and Blossomtina (my bunny)

LUCK OF THE BEARISH

March 19, 2010

Ok, it’s a day or so after St. Pat’s Day and true I am not Irish but I feel BEARY lucky. It’s March, my birthday month, it’s almost Spring, It’s March Madness and there seems to be a kick in everyone’s step vs. this time last year. Not that the economy is fixed—far from it and bad news seems to make headlines everyday. I have decided enough already!! We need to get on with making things better—it’s a new normal and using that as a starting point, we are getting better!

We always have fun with St. Pat’s Day at Build-A-Bear Workshop—a cute shamrock bear, leprechaun and Irish dancing outfits abound. Just around the time of my birthday we launched our Easter and Spring merchandise that is the cutest I have ever seen and this weekend we bring back Alvin and add a stuffable Brittany along with her Single Ladies song. She is truly adorable and I love the song—it makes you want to sing and dance!

As many of my friends know, I am a college basketball fan and my favorite teams are local—The Wash Bears and the Saint Louis University Billikens. My husband and I have a great time going to the games, getting to know the parents and the players and watching good teamwork. Wash U men’s lost in the early rounds and it was a shock after being #1 for 2 years. Ladies are onto the semis this weekend in Bloomington, IL and the Billikens are in the CBI tourney and won their first game over Indiana State. Bills should have gotten a NIT bid having had such a good record but the team is young and there is time for them to mature.

Tonight I was getting a manicure and one of my friends was there with her daughter and her friend who I had not yet met. They were very excited BABW fans and boy did they make me smile. Adorable girls—11 and 12 and still love their stuffed animals. AS IT SHOULD BE!!

A new book is just being published that includes BABW—The Risk Takers http://www.risktakersbook.com/ Some of my favorite brand founders are inside as well as a fellow St. Louisan, David Steward of World Wide Technologies. BEARY cool for St. Louis.

Have a great weekend and good luck to all the teams in NCAA tournies especially the Lady Bears!

Hugs,
Maxine