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 Sunday, August
We are OPEN until 6 PM in Suite 101 in the Redlands Plaza at 330
6th Street in Downtown Redlands!
just added more "stuff" to our SALE Table--including several trays full of Dog and Cat Ornaments for the
We're Two-thirds of August is already in the rear view mirror, with a week and a half of the new
public school year behind us! Time seems to be flying--are we having fun, yet? At least the weather seems to have settled
into a tolerable pattern, bouncing around the mid-nineties rather than the century mark! It's tolerable enough to get outside
to support your friends' and neighbors' family owned and operated businesses--like ours(!)--with some local shopping! We love
having the opportunity to personally and specially serve you!
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!
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
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!
We've found more "Treasures" to add
to our SALE Table! Come in and check out today's selection!
Cute little holiday Cat Ornaments were $5 each, now just $2 each. We're guessing these will not
last long at this price!
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
"North American Ring-tailed Cat" does have a long, handsomely striped and rather luxuriant tail, but it is not a cat!
Its short and pointed wiskered muzzle and triangular, upright ears have earned it a Latin name that means "clever little fox",
but it's not a fox either!
The tail is a bit of a clue that this nocturnal creature, fond of rocky desert habitats, especially those associated
with water like riparian canyons, caves and even mine shafts, belongs to a genus with the smallest members of the Raccoon
American Ringtails are native to the southwestern United States and
Mexico, commonly found throughout our Great Basin Desert that extends
across Nevada, Utah, California, Idaho, and Oregon, the Arizona
Sonoran Desert and the Chihuahuan Desert of New Mexico,
Texas, and northern Mexico.
to their habit of nighttime activity, they are, however, seldom
encountered in the wild even though they are one of the most
aggressively carnivorous members of their family, preying upon ground
birds, rats, mice, squirrels, rabbits, snakes, lizards, toads and
frogs, since they mostly hunt at night! Ringtails are, like
raccoons, omnivorous and do include significant amounts of insects
and fruit and even occasional carion in their diets. Predators
include hawks, owls, foxes, coyotes, bobcats and even actual
alone can provide Ringtails with enough water for them to survive
long periods without drinking--and their urine is more concentrated
than that of any other mammals, allowing for maximum water
impressive tail is called into service as an effective balancing tool
and the ability to rotate their ankle joints up to 180 degrees
contribute to the Ringtail's mad climbing agility on narrow ledges
and wood limbs. Ringtails can cartwheel to change direction
and ascend narrow passages by stemming (pressing all feet on one
wall and their back against the other or pressing both right feet on
one wall and both left feet on the other) and wider cracks by
ricocheting between the walls!
affectionate nick-name for the North American Ringtail is "Minor's
Cat" as they were historically enticed by minors and settlers to
remain in the relatively safe haven of their encampments as
semi-domesticated pets, both for company and as effective vermin
North American Ringtail Information at Wikipedia
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!
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