The Evers Family (Mary, Dave, Erika & Sarah) purchased Dancing Bear Toys in 1993, after Sarah worked for the previous owner for two years. As a family, we had little-to-no-previous experience in retail, so we learned on the job! Now, 26 years later, (gasp!) we are proud of all we have done. We opened a store downtown Hendersonville, moved to a larger location in Asheville, and continue to grow and thrive. We feel lucky to be part of such wonderful communities and honored to be a part of so many families.
We have solar panels on our roof 🙂
Our family believes in doing our best, and have built a business around that. Oh yeah, we also won Best Toy Store in America, 2018 from ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailers Association)!! It’s a great honor from our industry affiliates.
Pay yourself. Take vacations. Enjoy.
Mistakes happen—learn from them! Take the time to write an employee manual—it’s painful, but really helps you clarify your intentions, and convey them to staff and customers.
More fun and laughter.
DBT has always offered free “play days” and events throughout the year. As a toy store, we get to see kids grow up—connecting with families on a deeper level is so important. We want to be a resource as well as a toy store!