1. Anyone familiar with these stores? My kids and I visited one while we are in Jacksonville, Florida this past week. They loved it!! They each "built" a stuffed animal . . . a polar bear, a cow, and a bunny. You pick out your empty animal, take it to a machine (with an attendant) and work a foot pedal that propels stuffing into the animal. You then insert a little red heart into the animal--well, after you imbue it with special qualities by following the directions of the attendant!!! (For instance, if you want your animal to be funny, you rub the heart on your elbow--the funny bone.) The attendant stitches up the back and then you fluff and comb your animal at the fluffing station. You are then free to choose outfits (additional cost, of course) and dress your animal. They package them up in little cardboard houses for you to take home. Of course, they come with a birth certificate too.

    We saw people of all ages in this girls are 12 but there were 3-year-olds and 20-year-olds and grandmothers in there too!!

    Prices were not too bad. The polar bear was $25 and it was a nice size; the cow was $18; the rabbit $20. And the fun my kids had was worth it too (and the fact that they used their own money!!).
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  3. by   spineCNOR
    Dear ZEE-RN,

    I agree with you--these stores are great for teddy bear lovers of all ages! They will also host kids' birthday parties at their stores.

    People who don't have a store in their area can build their bear online:

    Have a safe and happy Fourth!
  4. by   prn nurse
    What's your impression of Jacksonville...worth a visit?
  5. by   Zee_RN
    Jacksonville is a bright, clean, very busy city. I like it; I could live there. Lots of traffic, though, and we were in the southeast section of the city, about 14 miles inland. Many businesses, corporate offices, and industries. Several hospitals, including a Mayo Clinic. We go to Jax because we have good friends who live there.

    Jax is not a tourist town but it has about a gazillion restaurants of all types. Many hotels too. It is close enough to enough sites though. Orlando is about 1-1/2 hours southwest. Daytona maybe 2 hours. St. Augustine is about 30 minutes away and has a HUGE outlet shopping center, along with the historical sites.

    If you're traveling with kids, I highly recommend the Marriott Residence Inn. We stayed in one of their "penthouse" suites which is really like a small apartment with a loft. The kids slept on a Murphy's bed (3 Stooges bed--it pulls out of the wall!) and had a full bath in the downstairs; hubby and I slept in the king-size bed in the upstairs loft that also had a full bath. Had a kitchen with full-size appliances and kitchenware. Free breakfast in the a.m. (not just a continental breakfast either--eggs, biscuits, muffins, waffles, sausage, etc.). Cost was $130/night--not bad for all the amenities!!
  6. by   nursedawn67
    There is a similiar store in Machinac City here in Michigan. I haven't made one myself but have been in the store, the bears are so cute.
  7. by   CashewLPN
    we have a store like that in Staten Island...
    cant remember the name though....
    oh wait... its Pawsenclaws.... nice store...
  8. by   NRSKarenRN
    Build-a Bear is in Court at King of Prussia Mall in PA too.

    If we didn't have 100 stuffed animal things already, would have built one.
  9. by   LasVegasRN
    I think there is a store here in Vegas at Desert Passage - the mall shops at the Aladdin Hotel/Casino..