I was invited to attend the grand opening of the new store and I received a gift card for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.
Last week Buddy and I attended the greatly anticipated Grand Opening of the freshly designed Build-A-Bear Workshop at the Galleria mall in Roseville, California on August 2nd. It was a lot of fun for everyone!
Festivities included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and family-friendly entertainment along with appearances by Build-A-Bear Workshop mascot, Bearemy. Along with several local Girl Scout Troops in attendance, the first 100 guests were invited to make a bear for Roseville Home Start Inc, which will be donated to local children in need.
After the chaos of swarming children slowed a bit, we finally made our way into the new Build-A-Bear Workshop. It was Buddy's first visit to one, and I haven't been in over 10 years. While touring the new store, we made Buddy's new bear, "Harry".
After adding a horse sound (yep, Buddy was certainly in charge of creating this bear!) and a yummy mint chocolate scent, it was time to stuff Buddy's bear with fluff. He opted for a strong bear as opposed to a fluffy, squishy one.
Once he was sewn up, this bear needed a bath! This digital bath tub complete with brushes and boats was a hit with all the kids I saw go through with their bears.
Next it was time to dress the bear. Buddy kept it simple with a t-shirt and jean shorts, but there are so many outfits and accessories to choose from!
Buddy was SO determined to dress his new bear without too much help. I guess not having baby dolls at home as practice was really showing here. :)
On to the next area, it was time for Buddy to name his new bear! Plenty of suggestions pop up on the screen, or you can type in your own name. He chose "Harry", one of the suggested names. At this point you also get to "scan" your bear and check out what you put inside (their heart, scent, sound, personality traits) at which point it's declared that you have earned friendship with your new bear!
Time to take him home! After receiving his birth certificate and a Memory Book, Harry was packed in his new home (a cardboard box that you can color) and off we went. Harry is definitely not "just a bear" to Buddy. It's one that he made and created exactly like he wanted.
We had a wonderful time at the new Build-A-Bear Workshop in Roseville. The store is beautiful, the staff was super friendly and great with kids, and the uniquely interactive, personal experience you have each time at Build-A-Bear Workshop will remembered by your kids for years to come. It was certainly a special day for Buddy and me!