Bearly ad­e­quate

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - ABOUT TOWN -

Teddy Bear Fam­ily is a ted­dythemed store in Tianz­i­fang (No 23, 248 Taikang Road, 64730645) where the chance to cre­ate your own hug­gable friend at­tracts hun­dreds of peo­ple, young and old.

As soon as you step into the shop, housed in a three-story shiku­men (stone-gated lane house) build­ing, you are sur­rounded by the furry crea­tures. There are teddy bear paint­ings on the wall, teddy-shaped wooden chairs with teddy-shaped cush­ions, and on dis­play is the pri­vate teddy-bear col­lec­tion of the shop owner.

The high­light is get­ting the chance to build your own bear, which costs 138 yuan ($22.25) in­clud­ing ma­teri- als and tu­tor­ing. This type of bear has limbs that can ro­tate 360 de­grees.

With a spe­cial ma­chine, cus­tomers can fix the limbs on to the bear them­selves, then stuff them with cot­ton. “There is trick when fill­ing in the cot­ton. To make the bear neat,

one should start with the limbs,” Cui Lin­lin, a staff mem­ber, told the Global Times. Af­ter stuffing the bear, staff pro­vide a nee­dle and thread to sew the bear closed. To in­di­vid­u­al­ize your bear, you can em­broi­der your name on its hands and feet.

There are also kits for fam­i­lies to make to­gether. Cost­ing 268 yuan, they come with two large bears and one small bear, with the limbs pre-at­tached.

“We have all kinds of cus­tomers com­ing to our store, in­clud­ing cou­ples and fam­i­lies. As the shop’s name in­di­cates, we want to make ev­ery­one feel at home here,” said Cui.

Cui told the Global Times that they are go­ing to re­lease more types of bears and bear clothes in the fu­ture.

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