Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Published June 24th 2015
A Magical Place to Shop
Settler Bears are the softest, cuddliest teddies you could hope to meet. Each bear is an individual. Stylishly dressed and many with coordinating accessories, these are bears for adults as well as children.
Owner Robyn Brown stocks the largest range of Settler Bears in South Australia at her shop, Toodle Doo, at Murray Bridge. She is passionate about her furry friends and tells true tales of how they have comforted elderly customers and hospital patients, as well as befriending children. Settler Bears provide long lasting cheeriness and are easy to post.
Settler Bears began life in Ferntree Gully, a town in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges. Each season there is a new collection of bears that reflect the changes in nature of the seasons.
Where is Harry riding to today?
Robyn sells a range of Australian quality gift products. You can find baby gifts, Willow Tree statues, greeting cards, lavender products, angel pins, fragrant soaps, fluffy animals and hot boots that can be heated in the microwave, microfibre miniature animals that clean phone screens, vases, runners and doilies. The Canterbury Rose range of creams and beauty products that support Breast Cancer research can be purchased here.
Sit and have a cuppa while you ponder which bear might be your new best friend. There is a cosy corner for couples and a larger cosy nook for groups. Robyn serves Rio coffee, Adelaide's own home roasted coffee for five decades. There are cakes and muffins and gluten-free options for a tasty snack. The back room is available for hosting craft groups or social gatherings.
Perhaps the silky white Lulu might follow you home. Settler Bears like pet dogs too. If you join the Settler Bear Club your 10th Bear is free.
Lulu will melt your heart.
Not sure which bear to choose? Robyn suggests that you seat your favourites on the couch and consider which one best suits you.
Susan is just waiting to greet you with a cheery hug when you arrive home.
It might be LOVE at first sight at Toodle Doo
Toodle on in to Toodle Doo. It's a great place to buy gifts for a friend and you never know, you might just make a new friend while you are there.
All photographs by JA Rossiter unless otherwise credited.