~Sunday, December 8, 2013
Even though Frosty the Snowman greets you at the entrance, The Bear Essentials Gift Shoppe is anything but frosty! A warmhearted, “Hello!” meets each customer as they enter this cheerful destination in Arcadia, which reflects the shop’s unique charm and spirit that is almost 19 years in the making. As owners, Dennis and Susie Pink, graciously welcomed both me and my cookbook You Never Grow Old at the Dinner Table into their pleasing surroundings, I instantly had a, “Gotta blog about this!” moment.
My mom and I had the pleasure of meeting some of Bear Essentials frequent customers as we promoted my cookbook with biscotti tastings this weekend; but we also took advantage of our opportune chance to shop!—the main inspiration for today’s musings. Basically, my mom and I took turns leaving our post, as we browsed the aisles searching out stocking stuffers (amongst personal items, such as the machine washable Dearfoam slippers, with indoor/outdoor soles, I’m currently sporting–with toasty toes!–lounging around the house).
Sports fans, garden lovers, tea addicts, I Love Lucy enthusiasts, John Wayne junkies, Betty Boop buffs, Baggallini devotees—Bear Essentials has something for everyone. With grandchildren of their own, the Melissa and Doug nontoxic paint toys have been a trusted favorite for the owners, as well. It’s also no coincidence this kindly house of gifts carries the largest selection of Willow Tree Angel sculptures west of the Mississippi! These figurines represent qualities we treasure in friends and family; and artist Susan Lordi captures the elegance and simplicity that brings us closer to others through art, nature, and dance. The angelic display, gracing the shelves, pairs perfectly with the serene ambiance the shop already has to offer.
Therefore, if you’re looking for holiday cheer, an abundance of offerings, and service that satisfies, it’s not too late to treat yourself, and others, to the many delights that await you at The Bear Essentials Gift Shoppe. Moreover, you can order a personalized gift basket ahead of time—let these long-standing pros of the arts and crafts world make your gift shopping experience a breeze this season. (Talk about the perfect gift—to yourself!)
Store Location and Hours:
320 East Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91006
Special holiday hours, beginning Monday, December 9th:
Monday through Sunday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Also enjoy 20% off select holiday items through December 24, 2013!