Build-A-Bear Workshop was founded in 1997 by current CEO Maxine Clark. The first workshop was in the Saint Louis Galleria.
In 2006, the company acquired the Bear Factory, a London based business owned by Hamleys.
By 2007, there were over 400 stores and over 50 million bears had been sold.
The majority of Build A Bear workshops are located in shopping malls but the company has recently expanded to open some locations in MLB stadiums.
The company has recently partnered with other companies to produce special lines including Alvin and the Chipmunks, Wizards of Waverly Place and Shrek.