Advantages Fantastic atmosphere, incredible quality bears, amazing chocolates
Disadvantages Not set in the prime location, can be a bit pricey for non-collectors
I found myself randomly in Ryde on the Isle of Wight one weekend visiting friends when whilst searching for a bank I came across a shop-lined street leading down to the Ryde Esplanade. Now flushed with cash I thought I might as well have a wander down the street since I always hope to find quirky shops in these types of areas and as luck would have it one in particular caught my eye.
There in the window of 'Koko's Bear Shop' was a fabulous display of cute teddy bears trying to lure you into the shop with their soulful eyes which I could "bearly" resist and so in I went. And no I won't apologise for that pun. Laid before me were shelves packed from the floor to the ceiling with all kinds of teddy bears imaginable. I could see straight away that they were not just your ordinary teddy bears either - further investigation revealed that the majority were in fact collectables and I had clearly stumbled into a bear lover's heaven. 'Koko's Bear Shop' also shared floor space with another business, the confectioners 'Straw Bonnet' so it was two for the price of one!
***N.B. arctophile n. person who loves or collects teddy bears***
As far as I can tell from my somewhat limited research the big bear names include such brands as Steiff Bears, Dean's Bears, Hermann Teddy, Kosen, Merrythought and dozens of others. In my honest opinion (as a layperson) I think that a collector would be more than happy in 'Koko's Bear Shop' with the range available - I picked up several names whilst I was in there having a nose around which included Steiff Bears, Dean's Bears, Charlie Bears and Hermann Teddy as well as a huge collection of artist bears (those designed by an individual and handmade so limited and therefore sought after by collectors). Some of these artist bears are weird and wacky and would complement anyone's collection or make an excellent gift for teddy bear lovers.
The slightly more complicated answer is that there's just so much choice you will be guaranteed to find something you like (for me there weren't many I didn't like). You've got sad ones, happy ones, brown ones, purple ones, polar bears, koala bears, bears with clothes, naked bears (hey - they've all got fur in the right places), big ones, little ones, dopey ones, thoughtful ones but they all come with a safety warning of potentially dangerous levels of fluffy cuteness which could cause uncontrollable outbursts of awwwing at inappropriate times.
But, alas, for me it was a case of window shopping only since I am not an official arctophile and due to the fact these high quality bears are clearly top end and aimed at the collectors market the price naturally reflects this so you wouldn't really be able to get a bear for much less than £20 (and I am a cheapskate) and some were well over £200. But it does seem that more often than not collectors are willing to dish out vast wads of cash to enhance their collections and I suspect that the prices in this shop would be perfectly within the bounds they would be willing to pay.
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