Where The Teddy Bear Is Still Top DogLinda Himelstein
My first thought upon walking into San Francisco's Basic Brown Bear Factory was that I must have made a wrong turn. Here I was, in a drab neighborhood known as Potrero Hill whose predominant color was concrete gray, and yet I had somehow stumbled into little Disneyland. All around me were brightly colored walls lined with shelves upon shelves of every kind of teddy bear imaginable. There were tour guides racing from teddy bear-stuffing machines to sewing machines. And, of course, children of all ages were everywhere--scores of them.
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