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Britain’s Best Bear Spots PDF Print E-mail
Written by Terry and Doris Michaud   
Monday, 01 December 2008 00:00

Life-size “Edward Bear” is a resident of The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum. Photos by Terry and Doris Michaud unless otherwise notedTerry and Doris Michaud visit Britain’s teddy bear hotspots.


It seems like it was just yesterday when the first teddy bear entered our lives, but it was actually some 36 years ago when we acquired the first of what was to become a major collection of antique teddy bears. That dates us as old-timers, but we can be grateful that we started when we did, as the hobby was in the early stages of what would become a worldwide phenomenon.

Sharing the Love PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trina Laube   
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 00:00

“I consider The Toy Shoppe an art gallery,” says collector Wanda Miller. “Barrie and Danny are so gracious in answering questions and providing explanations about the various dolls and bears and the artists to new visitors to the gallery.” Here, the Shapiros pose among the gallery’s many offerings.Toy Shoppe owners Danny and Barrie Shapiro make connections that last a lifetime.


Since Danny Shapiro opened The Toy Shoppe in Richmond, Va., in 1975, he and his wife, Barrie, have paired hundreds, perhaps thousands, of collectors with the highest quality teddy bears and dolls. The Shapiros are matchmakers, relationship experts. Above and beyond anything else, they are partners.

Budapest Bears PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jacqueline Ruyak   
Sunday, 01 June 2008 00:00

Macimüvek owner Kriszta Simon (far right) chats with holiday shoppers.Jacqueline Ruyak pays a visit to Budapest teddy bear shop Macimüvek.


Macimüvek, the only teddy bear shop in Budapest, is located in a small courtyard off Szent Istvan Street, near the center of the city. It is a block from the historic Nyugati train station, and about a five-minute walk from the Danube.

A Family Affair PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trina Laube   
Sunday, 01 June 2008 00:00

Groves Bears, located in Bluffton, Ohio, carries more than 5,000 teddies and other cuddly creations. Photos courtesy of Groves BearsAt Groves Bears, every collector feels at home.

Around 3,000 people reside in the quaint community of Bluffton, Ohio, where Groves Bears has made its home since 1994. With more than 5,000 teddies and other cuddly creations offered, the shop has a teddy bear population greater than the population of Bluffton itself!

Curator of Cuddles PDF Print E-mail
Written by By Trina Laube   
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 00:00

Milton and Maria Balser celebrated the store’s 22nd anniversary with an artist signing in December 2007.Maria Balser showcases a breathtaking collection of bears in her My Friends & Me shop.


Maria Balser, owner of My Friends & Me in Leesburg, Va., developed a high regard for art early in life. “As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a strong appreciation for artists who create beautiful and intricate works out of raw materials with their bare hands,” she says.

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