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“Family-owned and worn bears are records of loving hearts. They are
as much a part of treasured family history as china, jewelry, or silver”.
(American teddy bear artist & collector)

Fred-i-Bear Shop

In September 2009 Lynette Kennedy opened a shop at Lifestyle Garden Home, Johannesburg, South Africa. Enjoy a cup of coffee at the Silver Birch restaurant, and enjoy admiring all the various flowers available. Irene Rantsimele is the manager and a competent Teddy bear Artist.We have a new assistant, Silica who works on a Thursday and Sunday.  Fredibear,  is the South African stockist for the well known and loved Charlie Bears,Merrythought, Deans, Suki, Suki Silver Tag, Steiff, Mary Meyer ,Beatrix Potter and Peluche.

For customers wanting to make their own teddy bears, the shop keeps a wide range of mohair, and other fabrics, plus all the supplies to complete a teddy bear. Irene is competent in helping you with your teddy bear making questions.
Teddy Bear Hospital: We are no longer running a bear hospital.
A large selection of imported lace and antique christening robes, imported from England in stock. Fine cotton lace, difficult to find, especially in South Africa.
For collectors, the shop sells the Jim Shore Range of collectible figurines, Willow Tree, and Beatrix Potter
Candles:  Extremely popular at the moment, both for one’s own use and as a gift.  Yankee Candles, are available in Jars, Tarts. Car Refreshers, Electric Burners and Tart Warmers are available. We also stock Millieflouri diffusers, room sprays and candles, Imported from Italy.
We have introduced Kringle Candles.

A Note from Michael James Kittredge III

When he was just sixteen, my father Mike Kittredge made a candle using his old childhood crayons for his mother’s Christmas present. This was the start of a tiny but fast-growing business called the Yankee Candle Company. By following his inspiration and always stressing quality, my father made Yankee the candle industry standard and reshaped the modern giftware landscape. He sold Yankee Candle to Forstmann Little & Co. in 1998, and retired from the world of wax and wicks – or so he thought.

Christmas 2009, the Kringle Candle Company was born. And our new home is less than twenty miles from Yankee Candle, on the very same state highway. I’m proud that the company my Dad created is so close by, and that we offer a high quality product and visitor experience as well.

The shop is open 7 days a week,  Monday-Friday 9.00am-4.00pm and Saturdays & Sunday 9.00am-3.30.00pm. Shop telephone number +2711 792 6166.
Due to Covid, shop hours vary according to Lockdown levels, please call before visiting if you are coming from far.

To date ( 2022) presently,our shop is the only teddy bear shop in South Africa. Many Teddy bear shops have closed due to high rentals in shopping malls, collectors not supporting the local shops and buying online and local bear artists purchasing supplies online. 

Imported goods are expensive in South Africa. The rate of exchange is high and fluctuates daily with extremely high shipping costs to South Africa. Our orders are sent via a shipping agent, ensuring that we receive the goods, without them getting lost in the local postal system, this impacts on the selling price.

We do have customers coming into the shop, viewing bears, then buying online- Please try and support the shop.

Please email Lynette with any questions –

We thank all our loyal customers and continue to strive to offer an excellent service to all customers.