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, April 23, 2018
We are OPEN until 6 PM in Suite
101 in the Redlands Plaza at 330 6th Street in Downtown Redlands!
We will be OPEN all day Monday, April
23, but CLOSED for the day on Tuesday, April 24 to make another wildflower foray! We don't mean to be playing
"too much" hooky, but desert plants are ephemeral under the best of circumstances and reports have been rather suddenly indicating
some very promising areas to our northeast! Many of this year's storms simply skirted us this far south as they marched across
the state in just slightly higher latitudes--so not only can we crazy botanists follow the bloom right here up in elevation
toward wetter and cooler places during the season, but this year in particular it may well pay to visit locations slightly
out of our usual range--where it did actually rain! With temperatures on the rise again delay is not an option; rapidly changing
conditions might easily turn this week's flowers into toast by even next week! We will resume regular business hours on Wednesday,
April 25, and most likely stay in town for most of the immediately ensuing weeks. We most certainly apologize for any inconvenience
this may cause and sincerely thank you for your tolerance in allowing us to do what our business "mission" always encourages:
to get out there, engage, appreciate and learn about Nature! Of course we will share our "finds" in images with you!
of the gift ideas we have for Mom throughout the Shop at this time of year, we are offering a fun NEW Craft Workshop that
could be a great
Make-it-for-Mom (or Make-it-WITH-Mom)
project! It's scheduled for the Saturday of the weekend just before
Mom's Day and could be the perfect timely opportunity for you to add the personal touch of making something especially to
honor Mom (or to keep for yourself and display as part of your own Spring decor)! Scroll down for the Announcement and details
and register soon to participate in our Workshop to Decorate a Spring Birdcage!
Have you got
your Spring on yet?
If you are looking to dress your home for the season, we have an amazing selection of gorgeous Decorative
Flags featuring colorful Flowers, Birds and/or Butterflies that could make that an exceedingly easy task for you!
(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!
Spring "Stuff" (and Non-Stuff) is up for the Mother's Day Season! Come
in a find the perfect little remembrance for your Mom, Grandmother and/or Sister, Daughter, Aunt, Friend who is a Mom! Or
just add a little Spring bling to your own collection!
Wouldn't one of the many pretty Spring Decorative Flags we
have in store to choose from make a thoughtful Mother's Day gift? We now also have plenty of pretty 3-D Greeting
Cards to express your best wishes for Mother's Day or almost any occasion!
NOTICE--Now 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!
We spent our wildflowering day last week wandering around in areas west and south of the San Bernardino/San Jacinto
, including the south to north run from the
Cottonwood Station through Joshua Tree National Park.
We were prepared, based on this year's lack of rain and last year's
flowers exhausting themselves with such glorious displays, to find not much in the way of annuals on our wildflower foray,
especially at desert elevations and that's pretty much how it is right now.
Even without massive displays
of wildflowers in bloom there are ALWAYS interesting things to investigate in the desert! Without the "distraction" of tons
of pretty flowers, we became intrigued with the interior skeleton of this Teddy Bear Cholla Cactus. With its thick and fleshy
spine-bearing "skin" sloughed off in places where it has died, the beauty of the intricate internal scaffolding of what is
actually a fairly "woody" (or at least rigidly fibrous) plant is revealed!
eports from desert places north and east of the highest ridges of both of the San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mountain ranges
are starting to improve, both directions, especially north, having had more rainfall. In fact, we will be CLOSED to check
out some of these locations on Tuesday, April 24!
Save the afternoon of the first Saturday
in May to come join us to make this Decorated Spring Birdcage! Wouldn't it make a special Mother's Day gift--or a fun Do-with-Mom
project to celebrate your shared creative interests!
Don't be disappointed--be
sure to call, email or stop by our Shop soon to register. Space is very limited!
Spring "Stuff" (and Non-Stuff)
is on display now!
A fresh shipment of Spring PopUp
Cards, including some gorgeous ones for Mother's Day, has just arrived! They're already up on the display
so you can select the best one(s)--but don't wait too long since these will go fast (many have the choose-your-own-greeting
option to use for ANY occasion)!
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!
Look Who is ready for the rest of a
We are taking entries to WIN this as
Newly arrived Spring Flags!
We already have a pretty stunning selection
of Spring Flags, but we couldn't resist adding a "few" more...!
apologize if trying to decide which one(s) to choose now makes you dizzy...!
In case you are NOT yet dizzy trying
to decide your favorite, here are a few more Spring Decorative Flags styles to choose from...
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 April 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