- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 28, 2000

LOCATION:

Build-a-Bear Workshop is located in Tysons Corner Center, on the second floor near the Bloomingdale's entrance.

DIRECTIONS:

From the District: Take Interstate 66 West and exit at Route 7 West. Go two miles on Route 7 to Tysons Corner Center. The entrance is on the right.

HOURS:

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

COST:

Stuffed animals range in price from $10 for a variety of 13-inch bears to $25 for a 21-inch polar bear. Clothes are extra.

INFORMATION:

The phone number for the Build-a-Bear Workshop at Tysons Corner is 703/448-2327. The number to order a gift certificate is 888/560-2327. Web site: www.buildabear.com.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

• Birthday parties or other special events can be held at the store. The birthday celebrant is given $10 in "Bear Bucks." Events are booked through the company's headquarters at 877/789-2327.

• Bears are invited to partake in a spa day, in which their owners can treat them to an air fluff, massage and new bow at no cost. The spring fluff-and-stuff program will run from April 24 through May 21.

TIP:

Feel free to seek help from staff members. All are graduates of "Bear University" and have been trained to help with everything from stuffing and stitching to choosing a name. (They have lists of names for the creatively challenged.)

AVOID:

If possible, avoid visiting on a weekend, when lines are so long that they stretch outside the door and through the mall.

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