Posts Written On November 25, 2019

Build-A-Bear Workshop Celebrates the Holiday Season with Gifts for the Whole Family!

Build-A-Bear® Giftshop offers
Personalized Gifts with Heart and Wishes for Everyone
on Your Holiday Shopping List at Workshop Stores and Online

Build-A-Bear Workshop® once again brings the fun and magic to the Christmas season with their new holiday assortment of furry friends including the reimagined popular Merry Mission™ line, nostalgic classic movie characters, holiday-inspired furry friends and other gifting collectionsBuild-A-Bear Workshop has gifts for everyone on your shopping list from kids to adults alike.

This year, Build-A-Bear Workshop makes it convenient and easy to shop with the Build-A-Bear Giftshop, an online shop with a myriad of categories, making it easy to find the perfect gift for each person. The Giftshop categories include classic Christmas gifts, unique gifts, stocking stuffers, embroidered gifts, gifts under $25, pet lovers, sports lovers, by occasion, by recipient and gift cards to name a few. For the ultimate customization, add your voice to a furry friend with the Record Your Voice option. Start your holiday shopping with these adorable and popular holiday collections from the Giftshop:

Holiday-Themed Merry Mission Furry Friends Are Up to Good This Year!

The company’s proprietary Merry Mission collection is back this year with new, colorful friends who are ready to journey through the enchanted North Pole woods. Glisten, the popular white reindeer, has returned as Snow Magical Glisten —with sparkly fur and magical snowflake antlers and hooves. Joined by a fuzzy pink and glittery gold Pink Sparkle Llamacorn, a soft and wintery Blue Blast Huskyand colorful and cuddly, Purple Stardust Unicorn, the crew is ready to help fulfill wishes for kids on the Nice List.

Popular Movie Characters are Brought Back to Life through Furry Friends.

The season isn’t complete without watching your favorite holiday movie. Get nostalgic with these new licensed furry friends inspired by classic holiday movies including “A Christmas Story,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” and, of course, “The Grinch.”

  • Online Exclusive A Christmas Story Bear Gift Set: Wearing the unforgettable pink bunny costume, this adorable Ralphie teddy bear is sure to be the only thing on any movie fan’s Christmas list, celebrating the 1983 Christmas classic, “A Christmas Story,” beloved by millions.
  • Online Exclusive National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Bear Gift Set: This limited-edition teddy bear is inspired by the beloved 1989 film that follows the unforgettable holiday adventures of the Griswold family. This brown teddy bear is even rockin’ the “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” Clark Griswold look with its bear-sized hat, robe and slipper set.
  • Online Exclusive The Grinch: He’s a mean one — but he’s also a cute furry friend that’s sure to put a smile on anyone’s face this holiday! With soft green fur and the official “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” movie logo on his paw pad, this Grinch furry friend is a fun way to relive the magic of the classic Dr. Seuss story.

Other beloved characters also bring magic to the holidays including Disney Mickey Mouse dressed up in his swell style this Christmas season and the adorable Disney Minnie Mouse party-ready in her festive dress and Santa hat! The beautiful Polar Express Bear, with snowy fur and a golden ticket tag on its ear, lets you experience a new chapter of a beloved Christmas story. And don’t forget Snoopy. Perhaps the most beloved cartoon dog of all time, Snoopy looks cute as can be in his flying ace pilot outfit—and you’re invited along for the ride! His loyal sidekick Woodstock makes the perfect co-pilot.

Traditional Holiday Gifts for the Holiday Enthusiast

Timeless Teddy, the cuddly classic teddy bear with a sweet smile, dressed up in holiday attire is the perfect traditional holiday gift. The bear’s paw pads are bright red, and an online version can be personalized with embroidery. The Build-A-Bear holiday collection is not complete without Evergreen Teddy and Reindeer – both are perfect furry friends to put you in the holiday spirit.

Trendy and Cuddly – Gift Your Heart with Flip-Sequin Bundles for the Kids in Your Life

Give the ultimate gift bundle with the super trendy and fun flip-sequin bundles. Pick from Unicorn, Llama, Panda or Sloth, the bundles come with wearable flip-sequin blankets, matching sequin comfy slippers and huggable coordinating furry friends. These equally snuggly, fun and fashionable bundles will lift the spirits of any kid in your life arriving online November 14.

Mark Your Calendar for these Big Furry Deals

Doorbusters are planned to start on Thanksgiving with $6 Snowmen that are ‘Snow Cute.’ On Black Friday, Build-A-Bear Workshop is set to launch a buy one, get one $10 deal on select furry friends. Mark your calendars for deals all season long on your favorite furry friends at Build-A-Bear Workshop.

Tis’ the Season for Giving Back

Once again this year, Build-A-Bear Workshop offers the opportunity to make days a little bit brighter for those in need during the holidays. Now through Dec. 26, Guests can make a donation at checkout to benefit Marine Toys for Tots Foundation in US stores. Build-A-Bear has also partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, WellChild in the UK and Barnardos Ireland.  Additionally, beginning on Giving Tuesday (December 3) through December 15, for every gift card purchased of $25 or more, Build-A-Bear Workshop will donate a bear to Toys for Tots (up to 20,000).

Celebrate the season of giving with Build-A-Bear Workshop. Start a family holiday tradition by visiting a Workshop to make personalized gifts with heart and wishes for everyone on your list or make shopping easy and convenient with online exclusive gifts and other great gift options at the Build-A-Bear Giftshop.

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About Build-A-Bear®

Build-A-Bear® is a global brand kids love and parents trust that seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has over 450 stores worldwide where Guests can create customizable furry friends, including corporately-managed stores in the United States, Canada, China, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. is the online destination for unique furry-friend gifts, featuring The-Bear-Builder™, a shopping configurator that helps create customized gift options. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) posted total revenue of $336.6 million in fiscal 2018.


Executive Chef and Partner of Clique Hospitality’s Premier San Diego Restaurants: Lionfish and Serẽa

A San Diego native, Jose “JoJo” Ruiz is leading the restaurant scene as Executive Chef of both Lionfish at Pendry San Diego and Serẽa, located at the historic Hotel del Coronado. Chef Ruiz earned the prestigious accolade of James Beard Certified Smart Catch Leader due to his commitment to sustainable seafood practices in early 2019, and has been awarded the title again for 2020. Lionfish and Serẽa are the only restaurants in San Diego and Coronado to have been awarded this recognition.

In partnership with Andy Masi of Clique Hospitality, Chef JoJo Ruiz opened Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine at Pendry San Diego in February 2017. At Lionfish, Chef Ruiz showcases a seasonal San Diego-inspired menu serving fresh sustainable seafood and modern coastal cuisine at the bustling Fifth Avenue location seven days a week. As a technique-driven eatery, chef Ruiz sets Lionfish apart from other restaurants in the city, showcasing his careful precision that elevates each dish for the diner, offered in an inviting restaurant environment.

In 2019, Ruiz and Andy Masi continued their partnership with the opening of Serẽa, a sea-to-table coastal cuisine dining experience offering an expertly curated menu of sustainable seafood, meats and other signature selections with a Mediterranean flair. The beautifully designed airy restaurant offers indoor and outdoor al fresco dining with oceanfront views.

Being an influential part of the San Diego community with locally-driven restaurants, Chef Ruiz is committed to supporting Lionfish and Serea with ocean-friendly sustainable practices. From front-of-house to back-of-house, JoJo ensures that his restaurants implement proper recycling practices throughout its entirety, with the aim to proactively help significantly reduce the harmful impact on San Diego’s ocean and beaches by reducing disposable waste. Under Ruiz’ leadership, his restaurants are in full support of the protection of the oceans, beaches and community for generations to come.

Additionally, Chef Ruiz only uses eco-friendly supplies in his restaurants; from biodegradable paper straws to compostable and biodegradable take-out containers and silverware. His dedication to this cause has allowed him to make Lionfish and Serea nationally certified as “Ocean Friendly” by the Surfrider Foundation . JoJo attributes his learning of sustainable practices to Patrick “Paddy” Glennon, founder of the Culinary Liberation (CLF), which brings together a group of chefs to join forces within their respective communities to promote environmental initiatives in the restaurant industry and promote nutritional education.

Chef JoJo is also passionate about being in the forefront of the fight against hunger in San Diego with his involvement in the organization Waste Not San Diego , which gives chefs the opportunity to donate excess food that is then redistributed to local nonprofits. Throughout his career, Chef JoJo has strived to push culinary standards to new heights.

For JoJo, this begins with his team. His approach to leadership is collective – “the stronger the team, the better.” Freedom and a sense of collaboration is instrumental for JoJo when in the kitchen, and he shares a constant willingness to pass on his knowledge through mentoring and training his team to reach their path and individual goals.

As a San Diego native, JoJo enjoys using only local ingredients and produce available fresh at the farmer’s market. His dishes are infused with the essence of San Diego’s personality and always exemplify his strong commitment to sustainable seafood practices and elevating the local fishing and farming communities through choosing the freshest, locally sourced seafood, meats and produce to be used in his culinary creations. Chef JoJo understands seasonality, cooking trends and that the real key is to let the natural beauty and intricate flavor of fresh, sustainable seafood stand out on its own without the need to be over the top or pretentious.

Outside of the kitchen, Ruiz rounds out his lifestyle by partaking in yoga five days a week, spending time working on hot rods and muscle cars, and dedicating time to his family, inclusive of his toddler.