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Grumpy Cat Gets Plush Treatment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 09 January 2014 13:27


If anyone doubts the power and personality of Grumpy Cat, look no further than ‘New York’ magazine. In the space of a month, the editors put Hillary Clinton, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and Grumpy Cat on its coveted front cover. Not too shabby for a cat that started out as a stray adopted by Tabatha Bundesen!

A Steiff "Button in Ear" Primer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brenda Mize, Owner, Beacon's Glow Collectibles   
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 15:14


The Steiff "Button in Ear" (or "Knopf-im-Ohr") trademark truly distinguishes each and every teddy bear and plush animal as a symbol of ultimate quality for toys. The "Button In Ear" trademark was invented in 1904 by Franz Steiff, nephew of founder Margarete Steiff. It was designed to distinguish Steiff bears from all others. Since 1904, each and every piece that Steiff has produced has the Steiff trademark button attached to its left ear.

Build-A-Bear Workshop recalls lapel pins PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 08:22

Build-A-Bear Workshop is voluntarily recalling its 1.5-inch “Love Hugs Peace” lapel pins. The pins were sold from July 2009 to October 2010 for $3.50 ($4 Canadian). Surface paints on the pin have been found to contain excessive levels of lead.


Consumers should stop using the pins immediately and return them to any Build-A-Bear Workshop for a $5 store coupon; or call Build-A-Bear Workshop toll-free at 1 (866) 236-5683 for alternate instructions on returning the pins and receiving a refund. (

Enesco Expands PDF Print E-mail
Written by Beth Phillips   
Sunday, 01 February 2009 00:00

“Cupid B. Bear and Lovie Dovies” from Boyds for Valentine 2009 features two kissing doves held by this heavenly creation. Ten-inch Cupid wears a rosette halo and double-fabric wings with garland embroidery.Enesco stirs up the gifts-and-collectibles industry with a licensing agreement with Boyds and the acquisition of Gund.


Matthew Bousquette is a man with passion, persistence and a plan. If he succeeds, he will revolutionize gift-store retailers worldwide. It’s a $65 billion-a-year industry, and Bousquette is determined to carve out a big slice of that pie for Enesco.

The Critters of Whisker Woods PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trina Laube   
Friday, 01 August 2008 00:00

Fashioned from tan resin, “Scooter Bear” looks dignified in a furry brown hooded jumper. Photos by Charlene FertelGoodreau Doll’s ball-jointed animals make their way onto the doll and bear scene.


As she sculpts the molds and designs the costumes for Goodreau Doll’s American Ball Jointed Dolls (BJDs), Paulette Goodreau is surrounded by pets she and her sister, Annette Goodreau, have rescued. The two share their home with 17 very loved animals. They even call their home “Whisker Woods.” With such an animal attraction, it’s no surprise Paulette is now creating critter companions for the company’s dolls.

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