Founded in 1981, by John Sortino who sold hand crafted teddy bears in an open-air market in Burlington, Vermont. Sortino happened upon the idea of packaging and selling bears through the mail when a tourist visiting Burlington wanted a bear mailed to her home. The concept was called the “Bear-Gram” which features the customized teddy bear placed in a box, complete with ‘air-hole'” and stuffed with other goodies.
By 1995, the company moved it’s headquarters to Vermont’s Champlain Valley. They have 2 factories: one in Shelburne and one in Newport. The Shelburne factory is an especially popular tourist destination and also a concert site for the Vermont Mozart Festival.
Today, Vermont Teddy Bear Company is one of the largest producers of teddy bears and the largest seller of teddy bears by mail order and internet. The company handcrafts each of it’s teddy bears.
For more info see the link above to their website for a large selection of bears, bears and PJ Combos, bears for all occasions and more including factory tours and events.