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Teddy Mountain Kids’ Store Closes After About 15 Months In Astoria

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Feb. 9, 2016 By Michael Florio

Teddy Mountain, a store where kids could make their own teddy bears, has shut down.

The shop, located on the corner of 21st Avenue and 31st Street, closed down around New Year’s, according to Alex Kouzouloglou of Realty Extra Group. Kouzouloglou’s realty firm is neighbors with the space and he also rented it out to Teddy Mountain co-owner Morris Davis.

The property is now for rent and is being handled by Inline Realty. Signs stating that the shop was for lease went up last week, according to David Alani, a realtor with the firm.

Teddy Mountain was short lived in the neighborhood, having opened in September 2014.

The shop allowed kids to make their own teddy bears and pick out clothes and accessories, similar to Build-A-Bear. It offered a “dolly and me” section, where girls had the opportunity to wear the same outfit that they picked for their dolls. There was also a party room in the back that featured a popcorn machine and a cotton candy machine.

Davis had experience working at Build-A-Bear and decided to open the shop with his wife, Karen Bennett-Davis.

Teddy Mountain is an international chain that has shops in Mexico, Canada, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Guatemala, Trinidad, Saudi Arabia and Portugal. There are also shops in Brooklyn, Florida and Illinois.

The Astoria location was the only one in Queens, according to the Teddy Mountain website.

Morris told the Astoria Post in August 2014 that he had hoped to open additional shops in Long Island City and Brooklyn.

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