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 Monday, July
We are OPEN until 6 PM in Suite 101 in the Redlands Plaza at 330
6th Street in Downtown Redlands!
Our summer temperatures are supposed to stay below(?) the 100 degree mark for the duration of THIS
week--but NEXT week is promising to be in the triple-digit zone again, solidly, for the entire 7-day forecast starting this
coming Sunday! So if as much as a ten or more degree increase in the heat is going to be a deal-breaker for going outside
next week, we recommend that you come visit us before those temperatures get completely out of hand! Either way, as long as
the electricity stays on so will our AC inside the Shop to help keep us and our customers "comfortable" in the mid-seventies
(where to come NEXT week if you need some shade...)!
We hope everyone is making the most of your remaining summer
vacation days (school starts in Redlands the second week of August, so those days are numbered...)! Do remember if you are
out enjoying visits to Zoos, National Parks, Aquaria and the like to be mindful of the prices in their gift shops--if they
seem a bit high to you, hold onto your spending money until you get back home and check out ours. You may find a great reminder
souvenir of your travels in a place where you can also (save a little money and) support your local economy!
On that very
note, we've been really enjoying the fact that many of you long-time customers (we LOVE you!) have been showing us off to
friends and relatives who have been visiting our local area for THEIR vacations--and several of those welcome out-of-towners
have commented that they have nothing like Downtown Redlands, and especially our unique little Shop situated here, wherever
they call home! We are so proud to have the opportunity to positively represent Redlands to locals and visitors alike! Thanks
so much for sharing us with the folks who are important to you--we love meeting them as well!
this year's Hunt for Waldo in Downtown Redlands is still on!
To participate, simply go to The
Frugal Frigate Children's Bookstore (the fabulous Sponsor of this annual event!) just a couple of blocks to our south,
on the west side of 6th Street, and pick up a Passport! Visit as many of the businesses listed on there (yes, you DO have
to physically show up and go inside them) as you can during most of the month of July and locate where in store they have
hidden the cute little flat cardboard statue of Waldo, about 6" tall and very colorful. Once you have found Waldo in
each business point him out to the Shopkeeper/Reception Staff and make sure they stamp your Passport to show you have been
there! Obtain enough stamps on your Passport (details at The Frugal Frigate) for the opportunity to WIN PRIZES (we will be
contributing to the prize Stash, of course) while you get to know your LOCAL businesses!
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
Do you 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!
We've been trying to get our display window updated for summer, but we have to confess the scorching
heat of the sun shining in there has intimidated us a bit! We ARE making progress in spite of that, so if you don't find us
behind the counter when you step inside, chances are we are working in the window--and we'd LOVE for you to "interrupt" us
for a break!
THIS is the DISCOUNT COUPON now appearing inside the July issues of the Redlands
Coupons Monthly and Highland Coupons Monthly coming this week to local mailboxes!
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 will soon have a stack of them in store (meanwhile, we are happy
to honor the June version of our coupon!), so pick one up when you visit and take advantage of all the cool deals inside!
The Hunt for Waldo in Downtown Redlands
our sponsor, The Frugal Frigate Children's Bookstore to obtain your official Passport (and rules and instructions)
to have stamped when you find Waldo inside the listed local businesses (including us, of course!) for a chance to WIN
Prizes while you get to know your local businesses!
Follow the Clue to help you find Waldo in our Shop today!
And, in honor of the Patriotic month
of July, we have a NEW Gift-with-Purchase promotion for you (while supplies last!)...
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!
Great-horned Owl UPDATE!
Some of you may remember us reporting earlier this year
the nesting of "our" resident adult breeding pair (the
same ones whose two surviving chicks had to be rescued and rehabilitated off-site when they blew out of their palm tree last
year), hatching three owlets, one of which also sustained a fall from this year's alternative nest site and perished and the
eventual disappearance from the nest of the two remaining juvenile owlets, who both did indeed successfully fledge (we weren't
sure about that until we saw the movement of enough individual owl silhouettes
in late evening twilight that two of them HAD to be the juveniles). While we have over the past several weeks barely discerned
among the trees multiple flapping shadows, sometimes accompanied by head-bobbing--and certainly have heard the simultaneous
begging "feed-me" shrieks characteristic of owlets from more than one individual location, this has never occurred with enough
illumination to photographically document--until this past Saturday
(much earlier than usual) evening!
Had just finished up dog feeding and kennel cleaning Saturday late afternoon (sun still in-your-face
above the horizon) and took a random glance toward the back fence line at the west (obviously!) end of our lot. Noticed a
couple of "extra" forms on a fallen log/tree stump complex way back there. Trying to recall how many "protruding branches"
there had always been there and thinking maybe one of those apparent limbs was possibly actually one of the neighborhood cats
taking a break from gopher-hunting out there to survey the territory seated atop the stump... Have been surprised before how
much the silhouette of an owl standing on the ground resembles the outline of a similarly sized cat when either animal's back
is facing the viewer (hard to distinguish back-lighted edges of fluffy feathers from fur from a distance in such high-contrast
light--and Owl "horns" look a LOT like cat ears under these conditions!). Watched long enough to determine forms were occasionally
moving; checked off as "not-branches". Eventually, wing flapping, hopping and head-bobbing gave the forms away as probably
juvenile owls--and there were indeed two of them! The more hulking adult form of either Mom or Dad was sighted a few feet
from the ground within a clear pocket of light in the nearest pine tree. At some point the owlet on the ground to the left
of the image gave up bobbing at its sibling to seek further adventure within the trees--and was roundly harassed by what we
guessed to be half of a breeding pair of medium-sized hawks (size and vocalizations "match" those of Cooper's Hawks...?) forcing
it to move father off and higher from the ground. Meanwhile, the more sedentary of the pair of young 'uns held pat on the
ground watching and almost posing as we got within maybe 30 feet of it to nab its "portrait"! We're sure this is a juvenile
because although it has fully-grown functional flight feathers, it still retains a good bit of downy fluff around on the rest
of its body and face--and its ear tufts are still a little under developed! Nothing timidly childlike, however, in that piercing
for tolerating us taking a day off on 6-19-18 to do a little more botanizing! We had lots of
wildflowers from the San Bernardino Mountains to share!
Now that we
have posted all of our images from this trip it must be time to think about at least one more foray
everything burns up for the summer! Watch for us to be closed for a day to do that soon...!
You have a chance to qualify to WIN
our NEWEST Customer Appreciation Gift Basket Drawing! Entry forms available NOW!
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!
Patriotic Flags are now available
And even MORE Patriotic
Flags in our collection!
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