Since she was a young girl, Yvonne has had a love of teddy bears and used to play 'shop' with her friends. A game where she almost always had a toy shop and would 'sell' her growing collection of bears and other toys.
After over 30 years living and working in America, Yvonne returned to England with this dream still in her head. Initially, she tested the concept at The Emporium in Yeovil and later was offered a Christmas shop in the Quedam Shopping Centre, in the same town. Her dream being nearly fulfilled, but her vision was of a period shop in a picturesque town, with beautiful architecture and shop windows. Her dream was found in Sherborne!
The shop opened in March 2018, and has now become a main stop on the high street, attracting locals, collectors and tourists alike with its inviting shop windows and wide range of stock.
Our Mission and Visions ...
Our mission is quite simple 'To make people happy!'
We love nothing more than seeing our customers smile when they walk out of our shop. We believe that there is a perfect match here for every customer for every occasion, and so we make sure that you are perfectly satisified with your purchase before you leave.
Our vision statement continues from our mission...'To make people happy!' by giving you the customer, even MORE choice of soft toys and gifts. as we will be expanding the shop space next year, We will also be offering day workshops. How to make a lovely mohair animal, taught by a professional artist. We are also hoping to offer needlefelt workshops upstairs on alternate weekends.
What we do
We stock from selected manufacturers, ensuring the best quality and choice possible. Our stock changes weekly, but typically you will find collectible bears from Steiff and Merrythought, including some very rare individuals. You will also find toys from Gund, Keel, Hansa and Rainbow Designs which are perfect for any pocket and as gifts.
Most of our collectible bears are limited editions and/or replica bears, which means you won't find them just anywhere. We have been approved by major suppliers, which gives us the opportunity to buy commemorative bears not available to all retailers, such as the Royal Wedding Harry and Meghan pair, and the RAF Appeal 100 Bear both from Merrythought.
We also have bears from professional artists, and enjoy supporting these 'cottage industries' which allow us to offer some truly unique bears that you won't find anywhere else!