Teddy Bear Day in Glendale

GLENDALE, AZ (Show the Love) -- In Thursday's Show the Love, we preview the 17th annual Teddy Bear Day event, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in downtown Glendale. This free family event runs 10 a.m.–4 p.m. You will get a warm and fuzzy feeling with friends, family, and your favorite furry bears as you enjoy a fun-filled day of make-and-take arts and crafts and bear-themed activities and treats.

Start at the Arizona Information Center Booth located at Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasures (5836 W. Palmaire Ave.) to pick up the event map and visit with Al the Bear. This loveable, huggable bear will delight the young and young-at-heart from 10 a.m. to noon. Be sure to bring a camera to get a picture with this "beary" special guest.

From there, you can hop on the cool and comfortable event shuttle sponsored by Interstate Packaging Group, Inc. to travel throughout the downtown area. You can check out boutique stores, specialty shops, and downtown eateries for special offers, discounts, and activities (some have a nominal fee), including decorating a chocolate bear at Cerreta Candy Company and demonstrations by Arizona Search Dogs at Bears & More. New this year, all shuttle riders will receive a free taffy-pulling kit courtesy of Cerreta Candy Company. For more information, go to www.visitdowntownglendale.com.

In Show the Love, we work with Local First Arizona to showcase locally owned businesses throughout the state.

The Spicery in Our 1895 Home

The Spicery in Our 1895 Home is located in the Historic Catlin Court district of Historic Downtown Glendale. Step back in time and enjoy a relaxing experience in a historic home with six different dining rooms, vintage china, and wonderful food and service. Have lunch (reservations recommended) and a three-course tea (two-day advance reservations required). The Spicery serves breakfast on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Make memories by hosting first tea parties, baby showers, wedding showers, and other special events.

Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasures

Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasures is the family-owned business of husband-and-wife team Bud and Lorraine Zomok and Lorraine's brother, Kenn Clark. Opened in 2019 on Bud's birthday (May 11), the boutique-style shop is located inside a 1948 Ranch Style National Register Historic building. Shoppers will enjoy a treasured journey as they make their way throughout the nine uniquely themed rooms, including a year-round Christmas room. Bud, Lorraine, and Kenn are most proud of the more than 70 locally sourced and curated artisans and makers who call Memory Lane "home." Although the shop was not an artisan incubator at first, but it wasn't long before local artisans stopped in and asked if there were a place for them and their incredible collections. Since then, the shop has welcomed more than 70 local artisans and makers ranging in age from 16 to 94. The shop also partners with several nonprofits, including the Blue Star Moms, Glendale Ambassadors, P.E.O, and local pet charities.

Memory Lane Trinkets and Treasures is also the home of the Arizona Information Center. The center features an extensive collection of Arizona travel information, including local, regional, and statewide travel guides, maps, and destination brochures. Residents and visitors will find a wide array of travel information for cities and attractions across the state's five regions to help plan their vacations throughout Arizona.

Glendale Flowers and Gifts

Glendale Flowers and Gifts is family-owned and -operated, carrying the highest quality flowers, plants, and gifts available at the fairest market value possible. Owner and head florist Sue Garner beams when she talks about the shop's history as she makes her mark on Downtown Glendale. Her sister, also a florist, helped Sue get into the business. She loved working around flowers, began her florist career cleaning buckets, and was hooked from there. Sue has 20 years of experience and loves what she does. Sue was also a foster parent who wanted to provide for her family on her terms and found a florist's schedule allowed flexibility for a family. Sue says she's always loved Downtown Glendale and this particular floral shop was her favorite, so when she learned the owners were looking for a buyer, she knew this was her opportunity. Sue worked for the former owners part-time to see how she would like it, and she loved it. Sue learned about the history of the store, how to run a business, and decided to purchase it. She has made some improvements since then by opening up the space inside through dΓ©cor and furniture changes.


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