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, June 24, 2018
We are OPEN until 5 PM in
Suite 101 in the Redlands Plaza at 330 6th Street in Downtown Redlands!
We've been enjoying keeping busy helping our customers
prepare for upcoming birthdays and arrivals of new siblings, share a little huggable comfort with a friend or relative who
could use some, surprise someone special with a little "Just because" present and even to get their "Patriotic" on with a
new House or Garden Decorative Flag! We would not be aware of these unique reasons for a visit to our shop if we were not
a brick-and-mortar retailer--and we would truly miss you sharing them with us!
Saturday's customer stories
were especially fun!
A big plush neon-green Anaconda went to a performer who was going to use it on stage as a prop for
her "Snake-charmer" character (that one should read really well from a theatrical distance!).
Another very thoughtful and
patient customer spent time to pick out the perfect plush kitten: small, very fluffy and soft, beige with pretty blue eyes
and a very sweet face, for an autistic little boy who is a little bothered by bright, contrasting colors, but is looking forward
to having his very own real kitten!
Someone else was surprised by a long-distance visit from a good friend and former co-worker whose
all-in-good-fun nickname had been "Weasel" and came to our shop specifically to in turn surprise said friend with--guess what--a
very cute standing plush weasel (trust us, they are not easy to find!).
Our favorite of the day had to be the lovely lady (who
was escorted to our shop by one of our already great customers) who took home a GORGEOUS realistic "Portrait of Nature" Hansa
Husky Dog because she was literally moved to tears by how much it resembled a beloved Husky who had been part of her life!
These are examples
of exactly the reasons we are here! Thanks to you for looking to us to provide these kinds of contributions to
your various worlds!
We are so honored to have the opportunity to assist!
NEW STYLES of House and Garden size
Patriotic Flags PLUS the FANCY (appliqued stripes with embroidered stars) version of the Classic American Flag
in the nice 28" by 48" size, have just joined our already good selection just in time to display for Summer! House and
Garden sizes are available as are Poles and Brackets for the former and Holders for the latter!
If you are looking to dress your home for the season, we rotate
through an amazing selection of gorgeous Decorative Flags that could make that an exceedingly easy task for
you! (As mentioned above, Poles and Brackets for the House Flags and Holders for the Garden-size Flags are also available
if you have not yet tried this form of enhancement for your home!) All you have to do to stay up to date for the next season
is to change out your Flag(s)--and DONE!
available at Star Tulip Stuffies:
You can now have us custom design and assemble your own special Goodie-bags
to match your party motif for you
to present each guest at your next event featuring an animal (or fantasy
creature) theme! Scroll down for the official announcement with all the details!
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!
you for tolerating us taking a day off to do a little more botanizing before everything burns up for the summer! We have lots
wildflowers from the San Bernardino Mountains to share!
at the Yucaipa end of Highway 38 and spent a fair bit of time exploring around the Jenks Lake area, drove out to the precipitous
overlook on the desert side at Coon Creek Cabin, went over to the Big Bear area and wandered around the Rugged, unmaintained
back-country roads north of Fawnskin and west of Holcomb Valley, returning home via Highway 330 in the evening.
San Gabriel Mountains, which are sedimentary layers of ancient sea and lake-bed rock that have been churned and twisted and
uplifted into steep slopes of quite variable composition, most of the San Bernardino Mountains is solid granite substrate,
sometimes lightly overlaid with sedimentary layers or itself exfoliating or decomposing into granite sand at or near exposed
surfaces. The differences in geology can, not surprisingly lead to differences in the plant community profiles found in each
The drive along Highway 38 was always one of our botany professor's favorite routes for his classic "Tree Lecture"
because of the highly "instructive" value of the amazing diversity of both coniferous and deciduous members of the forest
Far from experts on either kind of trees (Which particular species of those identical-looking, overlapping in habitat--and
possibly hybridizing to create intermediate forms--"firs" is that? No clue!), we ARE able to recognize a "Big-leaf Maple"--partly
because we have an eastern Sugar Maple (yes, the kind they make that yummy syrup from!) as a horticultural landscape "transplant"
at home! We caught these after blooming, full of wads of clusters of their classic double-winged seeds (that drop when mature,
spinning like helicopters to disperse!) circled in this image. The "big leaf" that belongs to their parent tree is indicated
by the arrow (ignore the interloping sprigs of slender willow leaves intruding upon the Maple's space). These leaves are comparatively
HUGE as maples go--as big as a hand, and you could probably fit half a dozen sugar maple leaves within the perimeter of one
of these--and the seeds are probably at least 3 or 4 times the size of the ones on our backyard Sugar Maple--so this tree
decidedly has an aptly chosen common name!
We are expecting several new product
shipments, including a bunch of new Swing Cards, to arrive in the coming weeks, but while we are waiting for them to wend
their way to us, since we are filling up our Summer Customer Appreciation Gift Basket with stuffed animals depicting fauna
from the rain forests of South American, we thought it would be interesting to highlight some of them in images and brief descriptions
to recount the amazing representatives of this tropical region available in our South American Rain Forest habitat!
The information for today's featured South American animal is derived from the San Diego Zoo's website (link below).
The Spectacled Bear has an obvious reason for its nickname, the areas of
light fur surrounding its eyes like eyeglasses and extending down the front of its chest to give each a personal bespectacled
face and "vest" pattern, distinct enough to even be useful for researchers to identify individual subjects (its scientific
name means "Decorated Bear"!).
The only bears found in South America, Spectacled Bears
are also known as "Andean Bears" since they inhabit forest, grasslands and scrublands in countries from Venezuela to Bolivia
associated with the Andes Mountains. They are considered to be "mid-sized" as bears go with males 30-50% larger than females,
ranging from about 6.5 feet long and a little under three feet tall at the shoulder and weighing in at 220-386 pounds.
Aside from Giant Pandas, Spectacled Bears are the most vocal of all bears,
communicating more extensively and with unique sounds atypical for bears, including a shrill screech and a soft purring sound.
Living in the tropics precludes the need to hibernate so Spectacled Bears
are active year-round, capable of living a truly arboreal life, foraging and even constructing leafy platforms on which to
feed and sleep in the tree canopy. Although they will occasionally eat rodents and insects, the bulk of their diet is plant
material. As bears they are second only to Pandas in consumption of vegetation, including fruits, bromeliads, palms and even
cactus and are very important ecologically in seed dispersal via their droppings!
more about Spectacled bears here:
More information about Spectacled bears
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!
LOOK what we just found in our storage
one of these be about a perfect congratulatory gift of encouragement for someone newly graduated? The upper two would work
for about any accomplishment or beginning of a "next" phase of potential achievement! Honor (or Thank!) one or more
special Nurses or Teachers with one of the others! Could even work as cute party favors! At these "prices" why not nab several--but
don't delay because they will go FAST!
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.
THIS is the DISCOUNT COUPON now appearing inside the May issues of the Redlands
Coupons Monthly and Highland Coupons Monthly!
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!
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