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Bear Shop View from the North

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Anyone looking forward to Labor Day weekend? OK, stupid question. In any event, if you have a favorite “laborer”, I know a place where you can pick up some fun gifts for workers. Starting with…this building. Here’s a shot of the Bear Shop taken from inside the Teddy Bear Factory. I know, Ansel Adams I […]

Cynthia Rocks 2

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Back by popular demand: Cynthia Sullivan! (Note: Link removed. See Postscript.) Next gig for Cynthia and Smokin Gun: This Sunday, Sept 2, 7:00pm, at the Champlain Valley Festival beer tent. Tell ’em you saw it here in Be Bear. Here’s Cynthia’s first video appearance in our blog. Postscript: September 17, 2007: After living with the […]

Factory Tour de Force

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

I haven’t been on the Factory Tour with every Tour leader, but I got to go on one yesterday with Katie Pelkey (KP) . She started her career at VTB doing Bear assembly, and her expertise in that area really came through. I was also impressed by KP’s energy, Bear spirit, and quick thinking. She […]

Lightning Smokes Smokin Gun’s Gig

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

There are a million stories in every rock band, and Smokin Gun is no exception. When I asked Cynthia Sullivan if she had gig tales, she said, “Well, just last weekend…” Here’s the first of what will no doubt be a series of Smokin Gun stories. * * * * * * * * * […]

Full Moon in the Morn

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Anybody getting up early to try to catch some of the total lunar eclipse? The action’s supposed to start at 4:51am tomorrow (Tue, Aug 28), and though the onset of dawn will keep it from getting too dramatic, it’s bound to be cool to see. If you have any amateur astronomists, X-Files-philes, or Star Trek […]

PajamaGram vs. Paper Boy

Monday, August 27th, 2007

‚ÄúPajamaGram To The Rescue!” (by Pete Darling) For some time now we have been trying to get our paperboy to actually place, or otherwise deliver the paper on the front porch of our house. Delivery to the front lawn, garden and driveway where I ran over it one morning as I backed out of the […]

My Friend Flickr

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Some folks write about their bears, and others post pics of their family’s Vermont Teddy Bear experiences. Here’s a recent photoalbum from Flickr user Stephen Clark showing his kids having fun at the Factory. Looks like the crew had a nice, sunny day for their Vermont Teddy Bear Factory visit. Thanks to Stephen Clark for […]

Summer Softball 2007

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Hats off to Jessica Proctor for organizing a recent in-house softball game here in Shelburne on August 15. As reported recently in our in-house newsletter, Bear Facts: Team Quicky Mart let three runs in the first inning, but quickly tied it up in the second. Doh! scored a quick seven runs in the third and […]

New Site Search for VTB

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Hey, has anyone noticed the new site search tool on We’re trying out a tool that gives us a lot more control over the search results, including, at the top of the results, a “Refine Your Search” box… …, additional search results controls such as the ability to sort by popularity, price, and alternate […]

We Make Lead-Free USA Toys 2

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Another day, another list of lead-free toys…that Vermont Teddy Bear’s on. Thanks to Marcie of Chicago Moms Blog for including us in a useful list of lead-free toys manufacturers. Chicago Moms Blog looks like a nice resource for mothers regardless of how close they live to the Windy City. I started looking through it and […]

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