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Shoppers and  Their Beary Best Friends Flocked to  Downtown Glendale 
for National Teddy Bear Day! (2009)

By Ed Sharpe - Glendale Daily Planet

(Glendale Daily Planet / 09-05-09) Shoppers and  their ' Beary Best Friends' flocked to Downtown Glendale for National Teddy Bear Day!  Over 800 visitors got to enjoy a fun-filled day of make-and-take arts and crafts, beary special treats and exclusive deals in Historic Downtown Glendale. 

The path started at the  Glendale Visitor Center where  maps, coupons and gift bag.  Visitors got  the chance take a spin on the themed prize wheel.

(The Bag held a surprise  for early patrons,  a little darling Gund Bear!)
(- Photo by Ed Sharpe CouryGraph Productions)


Teddy Bear Day in Historic Glendale is sponsored by Gund, Bears & More, the Historic Downtown Business Community and the Glendale Office of Tourism.

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(L) Dan Savino of Peoria  is presented  a bear by Volunteer Jerry Berntsen.  
Dan got lucky playing the prize wheel at the Glendale Visitor Center!  
- Photo by Ed Sharpe CouryGraph Productions

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 Teddy Bear Picnics were featured   from any of our downtown eateries and in between sprinkles folks enjoyed an outdoor picnic in Murphy Park or on the shaded lawns of Catlin Court.  - Photo by Ed Sharpe CouryGraph Productions

Jerry Berntsen  - Photo by Ed Sharpe CouryGraph Productions

Teddy Bear Picnics were featured   from any of our downtown eateries and in between sprinkles folks enjoyed an outdoor picnic in Murphy Park or on the shaded lawns of Catlin Court.   


Make and Take

The teddy bear fans enjoyed a day of make and take arts and crafts, special activities and discounts. (List Below)


Alexander Snyder, Julie Perillo take Bear Cupkcake Building lessons  from 
Frankie Farmer, The in-house baker at Cee Cee’s On the Corner
 - Photo by Ed Sharpe CouryGraph Productions



Kendra Krog  of Phoenix  - Photo by Ed Sharpe CouryGraph Productions
Cee Cee’s On the Corner, 7123 N. 58th Ave.offered Cupcake decoration class for children ages 5-8. The class was taught by Cee Cee’s in house baker, Frankie Farmer.  Children  decorated and took home 2 summer themed bear cupcakes. .



Alexander Snyder with his finished bear cupcakes!  - Photo by Ed Sharpe CouryGraph Productions

Madeline Toren of Phoenix   Having a 'Beary Good Time"  at Miracle Haven's Teddy Bears & Tutu’s Tea Party. The party featured a  Custom tutu for the child and their teddy bear, plus a casual tea party lunch and cupcake dessert. Aside from all the great fun for the kids, Miracle Haven offered Fun shopping, amazing sandwiches, 'brow popping' coffee and a fresh bakery  for the adults to enjoy!   - Photo by Ed Sharpe CouryGraph Productions

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Al the Bear stopped by the Glendale Visitor Center during Teddy Bear Day to pose with young and old bear lovers for photographs! (submitted Photo at right)

Donate a New Teddy Bear!
Another important part of the event was the Teddy Bear and Toy Drive to benefit the Glendale Fire Department, the Glendale Crisis Response Team. The Visitor Center  accepted teddy bears that were new and in original factory packaging.

  The teddy bears will be used for the Trauma Teddy program. The bears are given to young children who have been involved or witnessed a traumatic event to help comfort them as only a snuggly teddy bear can do.

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Lorraine Pino (L), Tourism Manager at Glendale Office of Tourism & Visitor Center was pleased with the outcome. she stated "The Teddy Bear Drive was a huge success bringing in nearly 400 plush bears to benefit the Glendale Fire Dept. Trauma Teddy Program, Southwest Ambulance and other charities benefiting children valley wide." She continued,  "We look forward to this Beary special event every year! It is a fun filled day for our residents and visitors. The generosity of our guests providing Teddy Bears will truly be a benefit to our community and children's programs."
 - Photo by Ed Sharpe CouryGraph Productions



Sue Berntsen and   Becky Shady - Glendale visitor center volunteers - Photo by Ed Sharpe CouryGraph Productions


Teddy Bear Day Discounts & Offers

The Apple Tree
5811 W. Glendale Ave.
Offer: “Beary Big Sale” 
The more you buy, the more you save.*
Baby Bear Discount – Buy One item – 10% off your total.
Mama Bear Discount – Buy Two items – 20% off your total.
Papa Bear Discount – Buy Three items – 30% off your total.
*some exclusions apply – see shop for details.

The Bead Museum
5754 W. Glenn Drive
Offer: 20% off on one item, except for classes & consignment

Beautiful Spirit
5836 W. Palmaire Ave.
Offer: Discount card for first 60 customers, sign up for drawing and free gift with purchase

Cee Cee’s On the Corner
7123 N. 58th Ave.
Offer: Purchase any entrée or sandwich plate $6.95 or more & receive the 2nd of equal or lesser value at ½ off

Clairmark Photography
7150 N. 57th Ave. (Carriage House)
Offer:  Free 5x7” photograph with your bear

Kimberly Ann’s TeaRoom & Café
7153 N. 59th Ave.
Offer: 20% off store merchandise

Lois’ Loveables
5807 W. Glendale Ave.
Offer: 10% off everything in store. 20% off any bear items in store.

Miracle Haven
5845 W. Palmaire Ave.
Offer: $.50 off any white chocolate Ras”beary” Jam

Pal’s Forever
7003 N. 58th Ave.
Offer: 10% off all furniture

Papa Ed’s Ice Cream
7146 N. 58th Ave.
Offer: Special of the day will be “Rootbeary” Float Popsicles & Strawberry Fruit Bars both for $1 each. All net proceeds will benefit the Glendale Fire Dept. Trauma Teddy Program.

The Tea Shoppe
7005 N. 58th Ave.
Offer:  Free drink w/purchase of meal


Teddy Bear Day Activities

Antique Treasures
7025 N. 57th Drive
Activity: Bring your camera and take a photo with the world’s largest polar bear! A museum quality display from Alaska (circa: 1965).

The Apple Tree
5811 W. Glendale Ave.
Activity: Guess Nu1mber of Bears in a jar to win Gift – No purchase necessary

AZ Dolls & Gifts
7150 N. 58th Drive
Enter to win a signed Boyd’s Bear!

The Bead Museum
5754 W. Glenn Drive
Activity: Make-and-take teddy bear bracelet. $2 each

Bears & More
7146 N. 58th Drive
Activity: Get your picture taken with your bear. Photo will be emailed to you the following week.

Cee Cee’s On the Corner
7123 N. 58th Ave.
Activity: Cupcake decoration class for children ages 5-8. Class taught by Cee Cee’s in house baker, “Frankie.” Children will decorate and take home 2 summer themed cupcakes. Nominal fee. Classes at  9 a.m. and  11 a.m.

Cerreta Candy Co.
5345 W. Glendale Ave.
Activity: Make-and-take chocolate Teddy Bear. $5 each

Clairmark Photography
7150 N. 57th Ave. (Carriage House)
Activity: Free 5x7” photograph (includes a 30 min. portrait session). Have your photo taken with a huge teddy bear or bring in your own bear and we will take your picture. All smiles are welcomed!

The Creative Quest
7146 N. 57th Drive
Activity: Teddy Bear card Make & Take. $2 each

Healthy Baby Happy Earth
7150 N. 57th Ave.
Activity: Free Eco-Aware Teddy Bear ($29.95 value) will be given away

Kimberly Ann’s TeaRoom & Café
7153 N. 59th Ave.
Activity: Teddy Bear Tea. $22 per person. Call for reservations. Seating limited.

Miracle Haven
5845 W. Palmaire Ave.
Activity: Bear Themed Make & Takes: Stuff a mini bear, make a bear blanket, soothing hot/hold pack, clipboard or sterling silver bear charm jewel. Prices vary from $6-$22.
Photo with your Bear: 5x7” - $10 (Professional photographer)
Teddy Bears & Tutu’s Tea Party: Custom tutu for you and your teddy bear, plus a casual tea party lunch and cupcake dessert. $34 children/$8 adult. RSVP required.

Sweet Treat Learning
5851 W. Palmaire Ave.
Activity: art project and movie - Every hour on the hour. Cost: Free to $3. Potato Stamp Bears!



Glendale Visitor Center
5800 W. Glenn Drive, Suite 140
Glendale, AZ 85301

Activity: Bear Themed Prize Wheel  - maps coupons and other goodies!






(This is for the 2008 event!)




(still being added to check back often!)



(GDP) GLENDALE, Ariz. – We all celebrated National Teddy Bear Day in Historic Downtown Glendale on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Folks and their beary best friends started the fun at the Glendale Visitor Center and pick up  maps, coupons and the first 500 visitors got a gift bag . Everyone got to  take a spin on the themed prize wheel. 

Visitors enjoyed the  cool and comfortable Glendale Express Shuttle, which  provided rides throughout Old Towne and Catlin Court. 

Here are several of the activities planned for the fun-filled day:

Teddy Bear Tea

A beary special tea at Kimberly Ann’s TeaRoom & Café. The tea included cucumber sandwiches, mini dessert, scone, fresh fruit and a pot of tea. Kimberly Ann’s TeaRoom & Café is located at 7153 N. 59th Avenue.

Teddy Bear Picnic: Folks enjoyed an afternoon picnic with your best friends and furry friends. They could pack  a lunch or pick up lunch from any of our downtown eateries and enjoy an outdoor picnic in Murphy Park or on the shaded lawns of Catlin Court.  Glendale Visitor Center  handed out a  map of  picnic locations.

Entertainment line up was:

 Caricature Artist 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stiltwalker 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Balloon Twister 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

(Music by) Grady 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mime                                        Noon to 3 p.m. 

Face Painter                           1 to 4 p.m.


Make and Take Activities (*for a nominal fee)

Make a Chocolate Teddy Bear at Cerreta Candy Company*

Make a Teddy Bear Art Project at The Creative Quest*

Beary Special Bead Project at The Bead Museum*

Decorate Teddy Bear Cookies at A& G Souvenirs & More (FREE)

And... of course donate a New Teddy Bear or Toy!


Friendly Bears Once Again Invade Downtown Glendale AZ


Lorraine Pino, Tourism Manager, with just a few of the 'mountain' of bears that were donated!


The Glendale Visitor Center along with the Historic Downtown businesses celebrated National Teddy Bear Day with the 4th Annual Teddy Bear Day event on Sept 6. Nearly 1,800 visitors attended the celebration and enjoyed a variety of entertainment, make and take arts and crafts and activities. Visitors were encouraged to start the day at the visitor center to pick up the event information and take a spin on the prize wheel. 

The first 500 visitors received a gift bag. An important component of the event was the Teddy Bear, toy and diaper drive to benefit the Glendale Fire Dept., Crisis Response Team Trauma Teddy Program and the West Valley Child Crisis Center. 

Hundreds of plush animals, toys and diapers were donated by event goers. One family brought in 3 dozen plush bears which were purchased benefiting St. Judes and in turn will benefit the Teddy Bear Charities.  The twist is it helped a charity when the donor purchased them and then again helped another charity when they donated them!

Teddy Bear Day is one of the signature promotions in the Glendale Office of Tourism 12 Months of Endless Fun campaign which debuted in June. 

"We are thrilled to bring a variety of fun events and activities to our residents and visitors, while showcasing our unique downtown experience," said Lorraine Pino, Tourism Manager.

Also collected for The West Valley Crisis Center was  new clothing for ages newborn to 12 years old and packages of diapers.

 For more information about downtown Glendale and upcoming festivals and events visit  or call the Glendale Visitor Center at 623.930.4500.




Inside Miracle Haven on this Teddy Bear Day!

Call: 623.931.2144


5845 West Palmaire Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301


Every item in their  Shop 
is handmade by a local artist?

Indeed! Handmade!

You will find unique purses, hand-poured candles, lotions, bubbly bath salts, soft & chic baby gifts, gourmet jams, pottery, art, wood-turned pens, etched wooden wine corks,  handmade greeting cards, original rubber stamps  and more...

A fabulous place to shop and a great way to support local American artists. 

Boutique Shopping 100% Handmade by local Artists 



Cheri DeGruccio of FaerieStudio
1:12 Scale Dollhouse Miniature Babies, 
Children, Faeries, and Nursery Toys

Cheri DeGruccio who specializes in one-of-a-kind sculptures taught a workshop on "How to Make a Miniature Teddy Bear". Students were taught how to sculpt their very own Teddy Bear out of polymer clay, and add special little details such as glass eyes, stitches, and bows. Axel even decided to add his own special touch - a little white clay hat!

For information on upcoming classes, contact Cheri at

 Axel Nielson  and Cheri DeGruccio working on a Miniature Teddy Bear



A Special Surprise is  found in the back of Miracle Haven. 

There exists a  pastry bakery specializing in all sorts of fine pastries, cupcakes and goodies sure to put a smile on your face. 

Master Pastry Chief Michelle Zerth can be seen here   fabricating a tasty treat!

Bakery Opening a success!  We all welcome Chef Michelle Zerth, a graduate of Scottsdale Culinary Institute/ Le Cordon Bleu! She introduced some fabulous items including:

*Giant Cinnamon Rolls*

*Mini Apple Pies*
a delicious mini-pies stuffed full of
fresh baked apples. (my favorite!!) 

*Decadent Chocolate Cake*
containing no gluten, wheat, flour or nuts.
Sold by the slice. WOW! 

*Sugar-Free Lemon Moons*
sweetened with real fruit juices. 

*Sugar-Free Cranberry Nut Bars*
sweetened with real fruit and fruit juices.

*Munchies for Munchkins*
yummy, low sugar treats with real fruit, specially formulated to help kids
(10 mo+) grow, develop & thrive!

*Peanut Butter Cookies*
no gluten recipe.

*Sunflower Seed Butter Cookies*
no gluten, wheat or nuts in recipe.

*Kitty Nibblers* & *Puppy Kibblers*
Yummy, healthy treats for your favorite
cat or kitten & delicious, nutritious for (wo)man's best friend - dog & puppy approved.


Be sure to see the  yummy Cupcakes from Kaitlyn!
These people all liked them and you will too!

They even decorate your  water glass at Miracle Haven!



Making a Teddy Bear Blanket

L to R Sabrina Kim Boardman of Mamamia Designs , Sierra and Hanna.

Kim Boardman of Mamamia Designs who markets though Miracle Haven and


Tim Beisel, one of the downtown ambassadors  pauses for a photo of one of Miracle Haven's wonderful employees


Linda and Tim Beisel, one of the downtown ambassadors show off the ' giant bear'


Valerie, owner at Bears and More sporting her fire helmet she was presented for her involvement with the AZ Search Dogs Program




Miss  High shows off her Kitty Face!


Jonathan High and his sister  show off their face art!

Papa Ed’s Ice Cream
Ice Cream Parlor

7146 N. 58th Ave.

(623) 915-4438's_ice_cream.htm



Linda Whittley shows off a bear destined  for the
 Glendale Fire Department Crisis Response Team

Teddy Bear Day in downtown Glendale is a special event for Papa Ed's Ice Cream Parlor.

.Linda Whittley tells us " We celebrated a one year anniversary on 9/6/08 about the relationship between Papa Ed's Ice Cream and the Glendale Crisis Response Team. "

She continued... " In 2007, we sponsored a fund raiser for this wonderful volunteer group and our relationship has continued since then.  The community turn out was great today and we are excited to donate all proceeds from today's event to this group." 




Papa Ed's Ice Cream parlor in Catlin Court 

- A  crisp, clean parlor is tucked behind the bright green bungalow of Country Maiden, 7146 N. 58th Ave. 

-  Just follow the driveway into the back yard, which overflows with plants and gardening ideas, such as an antique bed frame filled with flowers that should bloom to resemble a quilt.  

-   16 flavors of Shamrock Farms ice cream!  

-  Old-fashioned candy is available in baskets around the store, from pop rocks to Fun Dips.


"Come Visit and Cool Off!"


Teddy Bear Day ~ September 6th! Downtown Glendale and Catlin Court!








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