Kelly launches her soft toy shop in Ipswich

Kelly Chamberlain with some of the soft toys and bears at The Bear Garden in the Tower Ramparts shopping centre

Kelly Chamberlain with some of the soft toys and bears at The Bear Garden in the Tower Ramparts shopping centre

Friday, December 13, 2013
5:08 PM

There have been some famous bears in fiction; Rupert, Paddington and Baloo, for example.

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Now there is a chance to have you own individual bear, and name him (or her) too.

With Christmas just around the corner, Ipswich has a new ‘build-your-own’ soft toy retailer, The Bear Garden.

The Bear Garden, in Tower Ramparts shopping centre, is the idea of local mum Kelly Chamberlain, and of her `creative director’ - seven-year-old daughter Isabella.

Kelly and husband Neil have two daughters, Isabella and baby Lola.

“The shop is the idea of my daughter,” explained Kelly. “We were in a bear toy shop and I said I would love a shop like this. Isabella said: “Why not? She has had a lot of ideas and it is nice to take notice of what is in children’s minds.”

In The Bear Garden a customer selects a bear `skin’, or one of another animal like a dragon, owl, meerkat, a penguin or dragon.

Then a heart, star or squeeker is placed inside, then the filling is blown in from the special machine and it is sealed. Clothing or costumes can be chosen too.

“Each gets their own certificate and you can choose a name,” she added.

Each customer can build an individual present for someone special, for a birthday, or for Christmas.

Owner Kelly said, “I am thrilled to be opening The Bear Garden just in time for the Christmas period. Living and raising a family in Ipswich myself, I wanted to bring something to the high street that not only delivers high quality, affordable products but also gives the opportunity for individuals, couples and families to spend time together being creative and having fun.

“Ipswich town centre has changed a lot over the past few years but I hope that with the new addition of The Bear Garden and several other independent shops that have recently opened, people will be reminded that Ipswich still has a lot to offer when they think about their Christmas shopping this year.”

The Bear Garden is on the upper floor of Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre.

6 comments

  • is this a rent free shop if not don't give her long , come after Christmas good by

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    pandy

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • ...or indeed the rest of the town centre....

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    Sarky Sage

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • I took my three children to the shop on Saturday and they had a great time. The shop was busy and I think it will continue to be. I wish Kelly all the best for 2014 and beyond. It saved me a trip out of town. Ipswich needed this. It is not on the top floor. It is next to Topman (middle floor I think).

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    janec

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • ...or indeed the rest of the town centre....

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    Sarky Sage

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • I wish her a lot of luck. I just can't help but think that the top floor of Tower Ramparts is not the best place to be. When was the last time anyone went up there?

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    Pop-pop

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • 1: It is based on the level of the Post Office 2: Give a chance and stop dashing those who want to do something like this. 3: Those who don't like living in Ipswich and rather shop somewhere else... then move. 4: We now have an empty space where Tesco wanted to build... will anything happen in the next 10 years... doubt it.

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    Neil Nield

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

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