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, July
We are OPEN until 5 PM in Suite 101 in the Redlands Plaza at 330
6th Street in Downtown Redlands!
like today is the last day of temperatures remaining in the "tolerable" mid to upper 90-degree range before it gets really
HOT!! Looking at the 10-day forecast, there appear to be zero upcoming days with the mercury topping off below 100 degrees!
So if as much as a ten or more degree increase in the heat is going to be a deal-breaker for going outside after today, we
recommend that you come visit us (and get those Waldo passports stamped!) 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 beginning on Monday 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
It's July--and this year's Hunt for Waldo in Downtown Redlands is still on!
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
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!
you for allowing us one more day on Thursday, July 19, to do a little mountainous botany before our summer heat completes
frying of anything still in bloom!
Since we were already in Pomona to visit Kathy's Mom, we headed up into the San Gabriel Mountains!
We tend to
forget that the San Gabriel Mountains, being a little north and closer to the coast than our local San Bernardino ranges can
receive significantly more rain and dry out a little later in the season. We were therefore rather happily surprised to find
quite a number of things still in glorious flower--IF we went far enough up into the mountains (over 6000' in elevation) and/or
especially when we stumbled upon a couple of wet areas near creeks, seeps and/or springs protected by a bit or more of shade!
Most species in bloom were ones we've seen there or elsewhere in the past, but it is always a delight to be able to stand
among the wildflowers, especially when they are some of our favorite "old friends" and just appreciate their beauty!
At the top
of the same precarious slope where we found those massive spreading mounds of "Mountain Pennyroyal" shown hanging on for dear
life in yesterday's image was one of our favorite native plants, "California Fuchsia"! Even though its blossoms are
nestled as it was in the temporary
shade of the highway guard rail, we almost missed it! Fuchsias are rather distinctive members of the Primrose plant family
that also includes lots of white to cream to pink clarkias and pale to to even bright yellow
primroses. This delightful fuchsia is easy to recognize being the only
native species in this family with such elongated, tubular flowers in this eye-catching hot hue of red! Quite a charming flower
showing forth on the road embankment!
THIS is the DISCOUNT COUPON now appearing inside the July 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!
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!
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