"Where it all started"
Backyard Bears originated as a family owned business in the backyard of our home located in New Bern, North Carolina. The historic building was built in 1880 as a doctors office, later to become an engineering firm. The building sat dormant until 1992, when it was remodeled for a retail store in the Tyron Palace historic district of down town New Bern. The idea was a Teddy Bear Shop with a complete assortment of specialty bears and bear memorabilia. With the original sales of Teddy Bears and the new craze of Beanie Babies, the shop has been a national success in it's own limited stuffed animal market. In June of 1996 the idea of retiring early from corporate America and establishing a unique day school facility came about. Using the family name Backyard Bears in conjunction with a pre-k program, Dianne Henry - President of Henry Ventures Inc. started the first of two "Backyard Bears Day Schools" in Tampa Bay.
The schools have a minimum of one acre play grounds with trike paths, cross fenced to provide age appropriate play areas and more! The facilities are licensed for a total of 228 children and our record shows we have become a leader in the day school community. Recognized by child care licensing as high compliance centers. Working with Southeastern Nova University in the corporate "Stride for quality program", we have developed a true foot hold in the child development program.
"The original Bear Shop in New Bern, North Carolina"
"Backyard Bears Day School I in Tampa, Florida"