In 1981, the story of the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory began. The factory's founder began selling Teddy Bears on Burlington, Vermont's Church Street from a cart. He made these bears himself in his garage. Now, 35 years later, his Teddy Bears still continue to be the best friend of a child, beloved heirlooms, and part of a family. Each artisan bear is carefully-designed, handcrafted, and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Vermont Teddy Bears are great gifts for people of all ages, for any occasion. The care and detail that the company puts into each Teddy Bear is extended into all parts of the business. The company believes they have a corporate responsibility to give something back to the community. This comes in many forms, such as using recycled stuffing for each Teddy Bear, a program that provides bears to first responders to give to kids during crisis situation called Little Hero Program®, and even a company garden in which people can grow their own vegetables.
The Vermont Teddy Bear Factory is open from 10:00am until 4:00pm, with tours scheduled at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. Guests can also watch the company's production team assemble Teddy Bears Monday through Friday. Visitors are welcome by a spacious campus that spans for several acres upon turning into the driveway. Guests are also welcomed by picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, and maple trees as they approach the factory building, as well as a timber frame-style building and the site's signature silo of rainbow colors.
All visitors to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory enter the building through the Bear Shop. In addition to the Vermont Teddy Bears, guests will find products made in Vermont, as well as a space where visitors can create their own Teddy Bear. No trip to the factory would be complete without a tour. Each tour is led by one of the company's Bear Ambassadors, and takes guests through an informative and fun journey during which visitors will see how the company's small number of craftspeople are able to create each Teddy Bear by hand. Guests will also visit the Bear Hospital, where they will meet Dr. Nancy, the Bear Doctor at Vermont Teddy Bear Factory who repairs Teddy Bears bought from the company.
Group tours can also be scheduled for a visit to the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. Groups tours are the ideal way for every person in a large group to experience the factory up-close. It's recommended that guests plan on spending at least an hour and thirty minutes exploring the Vermont Teddy Bear campus. In addition to a guided tour, visitors can browse the on-site shop or enjoy a picnic under a maple tree or at one of the several picnic tables.
The Teddy Bears made at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory are much more than purely stuffing and fur. They help people dry people's tears, give kids courage, and make great guests for tea parties. Vermont Teddy Bear shares the love they see children have with Teddy Bears with fellow Vermonters through The Vermont Cub Project, which offers four-year-old Vermonters a free bear at their Bear Shop.
6655 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, Vermont, Phone: 800-829-2327