Kingsport residents are fortunate to have had this toy-savvy couple and their business, which is located downtown on Market Street, since June 2012. After originally opening shop in a power center on Eastman Road in 2008, the couple sought change for a more localized feel.
Downtown Kingsport has been a perfect fit for the Rogers.
“We lived in Downtown Kingsport for two years. We saw the business and the vibrancy of the streets, met owners of downtown businesses and enjoyed attending events. When this space opened on Market Street, it was a no-brainer to move because business is in Downtown Kingsport,” said Larry.
“It’s nice to see smiling faces, enjoy relationships with like-minded business owners, and serve our customers in a nice, contemporary environment. We love that what once was old has become new again,” Larry said.
A visit to Bear N Friends is a fun experience for everyone, regardless of age. They carry a wide assortment of items, from toys for infants to school-age children to challenging board games for adults. Toys with names like Beamo, Squap, Ogo and Djubi delight the Rogers and their customers alike.
Located on the trendy and picturesque Market Street location, personable service and attention to a customers’ quest for the perfect toy is what sets Bear N Friends apart. As soon as customers walk through the door, Larry or Anna pleasantly greet them. Because of this, they have a loyal customer base from a four-state radius and many of their toys are shipped around the world.
A frequent customer, Donna Moreno, said, “I’ve been a customer for at least four years and it is my favorite place to shop for my great-nieces and nephews. They live in Texas and love to receive my gifts from Bear N Friends. I know I will find unique products for them here, so I don’t have to worry about buying something they may already have at home.”
In a world where too many things are cookie cutter and great customer service is difficult to find, Bear N Friends provides a relaxing atmosphere where children can interact and play with toys, parents/adults receive one-on-one attention, and all gifts purchased include beautiful complimentary gift wrap.
There are a few staple lines that are consistently found in the store, such as Playmobil, Bruder, Klutz and crafts. The rest of the store’s selection changes often and customers are sure to see new items frequently.
Bear N Friends has a very active Facebook page, in lieu of a website. Larry and Anna update it on a regular basis with pictures of new products and regularly hold contests for a chance to win gift certificates to the store. “Like” Bear N Friends on Facebook and pay them a visit at 107 E. Market Street, Kingsport. You can also reach them by phone at 423-245-5046.