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, January 18, 2019
We are OPEN until 6 PM
in Suite 101 in the Redlands Plaza at 330
6th Street in Downtown Redlands!
Welcome to the first day of NOT-raining
for a nice long period of what the weather forecast is saying should be at least a couple of weeks! This should hopefully
be enough time for all of the recently deposited water to soak in and recede--and just in time for the Martin Luther King
Jr. holiday weekend! You won't get mail and your bank will probably not be open this coming Monday and no school, either!
We, however, will be here regular hours all weekend, including Monday, giving you the perfect opportunity to pay us a visit
on a day without a lot of scheduled activities!
We've been taking advantage
of the rainy weather (it's been REALLY quiet at the shop! Helloooooo.....?) to get some necessary ordering done--and to annoy
our vendors as to WHEN those NEW Valentine's Day Flags we've been bragging about will get here! We FINALLY have
tracking info saying the first batch is due in on Tuesday with a second shipment following a day or two later! NEW PopUp
Valentine's Day 3-D Greeting Cards (that we haven't been telling you about yet, but which are awesome-adorable...)
just arrived this morning, along with some little surprise items that will soon be appearing in a Valentine Gift-with-Purchase
Customer Reward we're working on for you!
Valentine's Day "Stuff" has begun to show up on our seasonal shelves--and as our after-Christmas present to you (especially those of you who like
to plan ahead), for a limited time ONLY (NOW through January 27), ALL regularly priced Valentine
"Stuff" in our seasonal display area (plush only!) is ON SALE for HALF OFF the indicated price! Hurry
in while choices are good and before all of this "stuff" goes back to the REGULAR PRICE on January 28!
Power" video from the PBS Nature series was enjoyed by our first "audience" over last weekend and we have
to mention that at least one 14-year-old young lady's Mom found it as interesting as her daughter did, both commenting on
how much information it conveyed was new to them!
Every time we watch anything in the PBS Nature series we are blown
away by the visual impact of the videography before we ever even get to the facts of the story lines--we could watch them
without sound and still gain an amazing amount of cool knowledge! This is why we are so excited to have the opportunity to
share some of them with you and we so hope you will have the chance(s) to join us to watch for a very painless, fun
way to enhance your knowledge about the natural world!
If you missed our very first couple of showings, there will be more opportunities each weekend this month--and
we are perfectly willing to schedule alternate special showings by request just about anytime during our regular business
hours (contact us if this would be of interest to you). Remember that kids under 15 need to be accompanied by an adult during
any screening--but grown-ups are already loving this film as much as children!
Our limited seating is first come, first served! For that reason it's always OK to call ahead and
reserve a spot. We have room for 7-8 people per showing (think of us as an "intimate" venue, like those really expensive small
club performances occasionally played by rock bands...!), with no bad seats! This is such a cool video that we are looking
forward to enjoying it again and again ourselves--we hope you (maybe even grab a couple of friends!) can catch at least one
of the showings!
More information about our Video Program Series:
the moment we placed our very first plush wild animal on on the
shelves of our kiosk almost 20 years ago in the old Redlands Mall,
long before we were even consciously aware this was to be the case,
the core mission of our business became to honor Nature. From this
very beginning we have chosen to concentrate on presenting a large
array of stuffed animals realistically rendered, true to the forms
and characters of the actual creature they are intended to represent.
Our goal was then and continues to be to provide an underlying
educational value alongside the usual positive visual, tactile and
comfort values inherent in well-designed and artistically executed
stuffed animals. Our ongoing hope is that we can thus contribute to
greater curiosity, a raised awareness and thus better understanding
of the natural world in which we have no choice but to live. Our
fondest desire is that these things will in turn lead to a greater
sense of concern and responsibility for us all to become the best
advocates and stewards we can for Nature.
always make a concerted effort to choose honorable and responsible
suppliers, many of whom already give back with strong and committed
support of various environmental and conservation causes. Lately we
have wondered what we could do to be more proactive in our own
efforts toward these ends. We think we might have finally found
something that you can participate with us in this endeavor! You can
join us with very little effort required on your part, but with a
potentially big return in fascinating knowledge!
down (not very far...) to find out more....!
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!
Do remember 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 local!
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!
Welcome to Winter here in the Inland
Empire--a time of year when we get to experience a mix of brilliant sunshine, a portion of gray and wet storminess and, with
a little luck, a reasonable amount of sparkling rain to refresh and nourish our landscape!
we begin 2019 we are launching a new FREE Program as our gift to you
for the New Year and beyond. We hope it will appeal to any and all
nature-lovers, but we think it may have special value to parents who
home-school and/or who want to encourage and support an interest in
natural science in your children, grandchildren and even their
plan is to choose a particular animal or related group of animals to
investigate a little deeper each month and provide some direct
support for their care and conservation.
The way we will at least
begin to accomplish this is to provide FREE screenings throughout the
month of a video about our selected Animal(s) of the Month. Each video
will be sourced from the Public Television “Nature”
collection. We will be supporting Public Television as well by
outright purchasing for our Shop the Educator versions of each video;
these have limited license permissions to share viewings that
prohibit charging any kind of fee to watch, even if we wanted to do
so, which we never will!
We will initially be scheduling a showing
each Saturday and Sunday of the month, but we will be happy to add
additional viewing opportunities by request/appointment during our
regular business hours. Most of these videos run about an hour in
ages are welcome and encouraged to attend, but we ask that children
younger than 15 years of age be accompanied by an adult. These videos
are in fact generally rated “Adult/College”
interest level, so we
expect adults to be as enthralled as children will be to watch (we
certainly are!) and hope parents/guardians will enjoy sharing the
experience and talking about the cool content with their young
conjunction with the monthly “Nature” video showings, we will be
providing an enhanced selection in store for purchase of plush
versions of each month's special animal! Star Tulip Stuffies will
donate 10% of our sales of those items during the month they are
featured to an appropriate institution involved in
protecting/preserving the Animal(s) of the Month!
now, without further ado, here is the Announcement for the featured
Video and Animal of the Month for January 2019:
Our plush Owls can hardly wait for
this video to begin!
seating in our shop is somewhat limited, especially since we don't
know what your response rate will be, we're initially asking that you
call or email us ahead (first contact, first seats held) to schedule
one or more reservation. You are welcome to watch any video more than
One of our Flag shipments due in mid
next week will include this NEW Valentine's Day Flag (upper image) that we showed you yesterday!
Printed on heavy fabric to read correctly
from either side, this design depicts a country-style "painted" wooden "Happy Valentine's Day"-emblazoned Heart Sign adorned
with additional hanging decorated Hearts, all made to look like distressed wood. The light gray "barnboard" wall as a backdrop completes the
rustic appeal of this cheerful, crafty looking "Sign"! This style can be had as either a full-sized House Flag or the smaller garden Flag version!
What we want to show you today is the coordinating 6" Accent Magnet (middle
image) in a matching design also in that same shipment!
"So how does one display
that?", you must be thinking...
Of course you can place it on any surface that will attract a magnet,
but Custom Decor has you covered if you should want to display it in your yard, either as a "stand-alone" bit of decor on
the individual Accent Magnet Stake at the left of the lower image--or, even better for those of you who like to display garden-sized
flags, on the special holder at the right specifically designed to accommodate BOTH an Accent Magnet AND a (matching or not...)
Garden Flag! If you are a fan of the house-sized Flags, you can add a coordinating Magnet using just the simple stake holder!
We REALLY like the concept of being able to display matching seasonal decor to dress up your space and are happy
to be able to finally bring an example set of these coordinating pieces to you! (Yes, there are MANY Magnet designs that do
match a lot of Custom Decor's Decorative Flags, although we are starting with just this one to see if you like them as much
as we do!)
Valentine's Day "Stuff"
is up on our seasonal display shelves--and is ON SALE for HALF OFF through January 27 ONLY!
And for a LIMITED TIME, Valentine's
Day "Stuff" (plush only!) is ON SALE for Half Off!
THIS is the DISCOUNT COUPON that is now appearing inside the January issues of the Redlands
Coupons Monthly and Highland Coupons Monthly!
Coming soon to a mailbox near you, but we already HAVE them, hot off of the press, in store NOW!
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
We're taking entries NOW to qualify
to WIN this next Customer Appreciation Gift Basket Drawing for Valentine's Day!
All THREE boxes full of
glorious Douglas Cuddle Toy plush are unpacked and one of each piece has found a home one our shelves!
Nice BIG (around 2' long!) fish from
Wild Republic! A Bamboo Shark, a (spotted more than striped!) Zebra Shark and a wonderfully detailed Whale Shark, plus a great
Humpback Whale there in the middle of the sharks!
First and Main does a wildly
different take (we LOVE variety and lots of choices!) on their cute, chubby little Ponies from those by Douglas and
they are so cuddly and adorable we simply had to add some to our stable!
Here is a tempting recap of all of
the NEW "Stuff" just in from Ganz! Almost all of these are brand new additions to their luxury plush Heritage
Collection featuring lovingly designed and executed realistic stuffed animals! VERY NICE!
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