Find Us at The REDLANDS PLAZA:
330 Sixth Street, Suite 101
REDLANDS, CA, 92374
Mon. thru Wed. 10 AM -- 6 PM
Thursday 2 PM -- 8 PM
Sat. 10 AM -- 6 PM
Sun. 11 AM -- 5 PM
the most intriguing biggest little stuffed animal shop in Southern California (also featuring
Decorative House and Garden Flags for the home--and NOW also featuring Designer Scarves for your wardrobe)!
easy access from Interstate 10 in Redlands between San Bernardino and Palm Springs!
on "About Us" page...)
7 days a week!
Today is Friday, August
We are OPEN until 6 PM in Suite 101 in the Redlands Plaza at 330
6th Street in Downtown Redlands!
Who is ready to believe it's the second Friday of the new school year? (Is everyone already looking
forward to those weekends like the one that now is upon us?) We're just happy that, while it isn't going to be officially
Fall for another month, the days ARE becoming noticeably shorter and although we'll miss those extra hours of daylight we
are relieved to have fewer ones of blistering hotness!
In celebration of this shortening of days at least (or
maybe just as wishful thinking...),
Late Summer, Transitional-to-Fall
and Autumn House Flags have appeared on our Flag Wall and Display! We will be filling in the Garden sizes in the next
Reminder: Now that school is back in session here in town, if you have a student or are one working
on a class project or report about some interesting wild animal, a realistic plush example from our collections could
contribute a lot as a visual aid (and reward for doing such a good job!) for the presentation--and we have plenty to choose
from! They are from the same manufacturers who supply the gift shops at the zoos, national parks and aquariums--and those
vendors support the same educational and environmental causes they are committed to whether you purchase their products from
one of those or from us!
Naturalist in your family or circle of friends? Should you ever be in need of a gift for said nature-lover, we want to remind
you all that, while our plush is cute and huggable, most of it is far more than mere toys! Our realistic and highly detailed
stuffed animals come from exactly the same suppliers who help stock the gift shops at Zoos, Museums, Aquaria, National and
State Parks and Monuments (except that we have a huge selection all in one place that you might otherwise have to search several
such venues to find)! Many are artistically lovely enough to display as home decor as well as to appreciate for their tactile
and visual comfort value! If you've never visited our shop, the need for a unique gift that reinforces an interest in and
appreciation for Nature (and maybe even serves as a concrete reminder of an awesome family experience visiting any institution
have an established or b
--or even the great outdoors itself) could just be your perfect excuse
to come check us out--we promise you will be amazed!
Every once and awhile one of you comments on how much you enjoy our background music here in the shop (it's so lovely we've
even had folks notice "our" tunes during a phone conversation and comment or inquire!)--because it is tranquil and soothing!
The CD's we almost always play are from a very talented local Piano Tuner, Greg Schultz--who composed and performs all the
works on each CD! We are very pleased to tell you that Greg dropped a few of his CDs by the Shop recently, so now you, too,
can enjoy his beautiful Nature-inspired compositions! Ask at the check-out counter--they are just $15 each, including tax--and
we play them until they just about disintegrate!
to check out our gift choices before you do all of your shopping at big-box and department stores with the cookie-cutter selections!
We, like all of our Downtown small business colleagues, go out of our way to bring you things you just won't find in the "usual"
places! Find unique gifts (holiday and year-long) for the most special friends and family members in your lives by shopping
Note: If you saw something on this
site a day or more ago and find it is no longer here (or
it appears this site has not been updated daily--we occasionally have issues with Earthlink's usually reliable
site builder!), check our Facebook address (link above)--there
is more "space" there to leave things up longer (and it usually works when the website is not available to us for editing),
so we try to do that in case anyone missed something here!
House Flags for Late Summer
into Fall have begun to appear on our Flag Wall!
How much of this Rain Forest swag do
you think we managed to "stuff" into that basket hiding somewhere under all of it?
How about ALL of it--PLUS a couple
more little things! Don't miss out on your chance(s) to WIN all of this Rain Forest swag!
We could hardly make it any easier
to WIN, right?
We've been having so much fun sharing
interesting facts about the Rain Forest animals we have represented as stuffed animals in our shop, we're going to continue,
but move over to our Desert Habitat, since that's where the animals with awesome adaptation for surviving in this ridiculous
heat call home! We won't be surprised if we find ourselves a little jealous of some of the mechanisms they have evolved to
Although the sound a Roadrunner makes is not quite this--and its toes do not churn up dust spinning
on its ankles as it runs circles around Wile E Coyote, the Desert Roadrunner does have some pretty impressive survival skills!
While it can fly (and will if headed
downhill or to escape a predator), it smallish wings relative to its chunky body can only keep it aloft for a few seconds.
It can, however RUN--on long and strong legs--and FAST, up to 15 to 17 miles per hour, even over uneven terrain! The ability
to achieve such velocities give the Roadrunner the ability to chase down quick prey attempting to flee like insects, scorpions,
lizards, snakes and even other birds!
Not only is the Roadrunner fast enough to catch a rattlesnake, but to grab it by the tail and flail it hard enough
against rocks or the ground to kill it before it can even think about striking--and then proceed to swallow it whole! Since
the entire body of a captured adult snake will seldom fit down the throat and into the belly of a Roadrunner all at once,
the Roadrunner will simply go about its regular business with a partial snake hanging out of its beak while the swallowed
portion is digested creating room for more snake inside!
The irascible nature of the Roadrunner is consistent with its familial ties to Cuckoos!
The Roadrunner's carnivorous diet of
moist meals provides this dweller of arid lands with much of the water it needs. Water is conserved by internal readsorption
from this bird's feces before excretion and salts are eliminated not by removal dissolved in urine, but through specialized
to 10% of the Roadrunner's food intake can be replaced by plant material when animal prey is scarce. Energy reserves are maintained
by reduction of the Roadrunner's activity by 50% during the hottest times of day.
Roadrunners are quick enough to nab a dragonfly or hummingbird meal right out of midair flight!
Roadrunner Information at DesertUSA
In a stroke of luck, we just rediscovered
our cache of limited edition Thomas Kinkade Collectible Bears! Each design ultimately used to make these Bears was
chosen and licensed by this beloved artist himself while he was still alive to be beautifully all-over printed onto strict
numbers of Limited Treasures' special bean-bag Teddy Bears. Images by this famous "Painter of Light" lend themselves especially
to the softening effect achieved by their precise transfer to the short plush surface of these little keepsake Bears!
Our "find" is your good fortune as
well, since we have decided to distribute our remaining collection of these retired, limited edition Bears, along with several
styles of outlined Postcards from Ganz for you to custom color in for your use, as our NEW Gift-with-Purchase Customer
Reward--while they last!
THIS is the DISCOUNT COUPON soon to be appearing inside the August issues of the Redlands
Coupons Monthly and Highland Coupons Monthly!
Meanwhile, we will continue to honor the one for July until the new one arrives!
Many of these are delivered right to houses in these areas, but if you
don't happen to receive one on your doorstep, never fear! We have a stack of them in store, so pick one up when you visit
and take advantage of all the cool deals inside!
We still have some of our Patriotic Gifts-with-Purchase
No more "holes" in our Swing Card display!
Our NEW shipment (including
some brand new styles!) just arrived so we have filled in all those empty spaces!
Our storefront is transforming from Spring flower gardens and graduations to patriotic summer fun!
Cheetah has even assumed the harmonizing "disguise" of a red-hot Ladybug to match our Red, White and Blue Decorative Flags,
any one (or more) of which would "accessorize" your home beautifully for the Fourth of July and beyond!
We are SO excited to have just received
our VERY FIRST shipment from Bocchetta Plush direct from Queensland, Australia--complete with customs documents
affixed to the boxes!
Although from Italian origins, now that Bocchetta Plush has been based in Australia for around 15 years, we would
expect them to be quite expert at designing and producing plush versions of animals that inhabit their adopted home--and well
they do as you can see from the examples we chose, including a few representing some (actual, real) Aussie fauna we had never
heard of before! How cool is that!
Equally if not more impressive is the artistry with which the designers at Bocchetta have rendered certain specific
breeds of Cats and Dogs, some that are unavailable to us from US vendors! We are pleased to present these initial offerings
from both collections! We look forward to adding additional styles in the future!
Why not try our NEW SERVICE for your
next event with an animal (real or imagined) motif?
We do ask that you allow us at least 4-6 weeks ahead of your event to work with you for these functional
reasons imposed by the space-time continuum of the Universe:
all cases we will need to special-order the contents of your goodie bags (In the interest of diversity, we seldom if ever
keep more than a few pieces of any style of item on hand and almost certainly would not have desirable coordinating gift items
already in store.)
--There are a LOT of available choices
to mix and match among our many suppliers and you will want time to explore and think about exactly what you want once you
see some possibilities!
--We always check stock with our suppliers
to be sure they can ship what you select in a timely fashion and to allow you to decide among alternatives, if not.
--It can take up to two weeks for items to arrive once
we place an actual order from some of our best vendors, many of whom are on the east coast—and at least a few days for
us to assemble your favors.
are some examples of the amazing array of realistic plush creatures from so many world-wide habitats from Wild Republic!
information and (usually adorable) photos of babies of many of these and many more wild animals born in zoos around the planet,
wander around this Link:
Baby Zoo Animals and Info!
We have a MUCH nicer display area at
our NEW location for Dane's beautiful landscape photography! It's just past our Decorative Flag area, to your right as you
Hansa's “Portraits in
absolutely beautiful, highly realistic plush animals have returned to Star
This is their River Otter—he is NOT taxidermy (better—his gorgeous
synthetic fur will not degrade!), but we do half expect him to give a shake and spray water from his wet-looking coat all
We have lots more exquisite Hansa pieces in store--come take a look