Building A Bear-y Fun Business
You’re never too old for a teddy bear, especially one built from the heart. And since last April, Gina Meinhardt, owner of Loveable Stuffables, is bringing that “build-a-bear” experience directly to you.
“Prior to their closure, my 6-year-old daughter, Monroe, and I used to go to Build a Bear for our birthdays, Mother’s Day and special occasions. We were missing the experience, and after some research and learning, I knew that I could offer a similar experience - thus Loveable Stuffables came to life,” says Meinhardt. “I am so excited to be able to offer a quality, hands-on, creative, fun and unique experience. People of all ages love to build a bear!”
Loveable Stuffables is a family-run, home-based business in Kailua, and Meinhardt has been busy providing this hands-on experience for birthday parties, weddings, graduation parties, local schools, day care centers and more. Whether providing clients with a stuffing machine or pre-packaged kits ready to be built, she says it’s an activity that guests can take part in with creativity and imagination.
“The building experience of an animal is so much fun! People of all ages love to know they had a part in creating their own Loveable Stuffable by adding just the right amount of stuffing, to inserting the perfect heart, to filling out the birth certificate,” Meinhardt explains, noting that there are more than 60 varieties of animals to choose from, along with a vast selection of animal “skins,” clothing and accessories.
“The pre-packaged kits for hand-stuffing include the skins of choice, the stuffing, the heart inserts, bows for the ears, stuffing instructions, a birth certificate and a very attractive carry-home box.”
Meinhardt, who also works as a mortgage loan officer, is gearing up for the Oh Baby! Family Expo set for Oct. 9 and 10 at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, where she will be an exhibitor. And although she admits that juggling a business, family, friends and mortgage loan clients can be a bit challenging at times, it’s an experience that she welcomes with open arms.
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