Dancing Bear Toys opened in Biltmore Village in 1989, under the guidance of the Proctor family. Sarah Evers began working shortly after and helped relocate the store to it's previous location on Tunnel Road in Asheville. February, 2013 we moved Dancing Bear Toys-Asheville to a new building at 518 Kenilworth Road (just down the street at the intersection of Kenilworth and Tunnel Roads)! If you haven't visited our new store-you're in for a real TREAT!!
In December of 1993, the Evers family purchased Dancing Bear and it's been a blur of fun ever since. In the early days, the "sisters", Erika and Sarah, took care of day to day operations of the store. When we decided to expand to a second location, Mary and Dave, "the parents", decided to leave their "very serious" jobs and come to work with their girls!!
Our first "stretch" was opening a temporary location at the Asheville Mall for Christmas, 1996. Santa expressly asked us to.... what could we say?! We had fun and learned a lot ...but, ultimately we decided that "mall life" was not for us! Just before we closed that location, we were approached by the owner of Dr. B's Toy and Nature shop on Main Street in Hendersonville. He was retiring and we jumped at the chance to have a second location in a cute downtown 30 miles away. Two sisters... Two stores, right?!
By February, 1997, Dancing Bear Toys opened it's doors at 418 North Main Street, Hendersonville. Having two stores has helped us grow in so many ways : larger customer base, ordering for two stores helps take advantage of "buying deals" and more room for back stock! We strive to find the coolest, quality toys on the market... which means going to New York City's International Toy Fair every year and working with specialty toy reps that help keep us in the "know".
In 2011, we launched this "real" website with a LARGE variety of items to tempt you. In addition, we have a FUN Facebook page and we use twitter to reach out to everybody. Please join our E-Newsletter or follow us on Facebook to hear about exciting play days, sales/promotions and new toy arrivals! Better yet.... Come in and visit us, we will tell you all about it!!
Your friends at Dancing Bear
Community Recognition: Best Toy Store in Western North Carolina (Mountain Xpress), Best Toy Store (WNC Parent), Sky-Hi Growth Award (Chamber of Commerce), Best Family Float (River Link)….
Examples of Community Involvement: (Yearly) TV Turnoff Week activities, Farm City Day at Nature Center, Apple Fest-Hendersonville, Donations to various educational or environmental projects, sponsor of children's play area at Lake Eden Arts Festival, supporter of YWCA Mother Love Program, sponsor of Evergreen Elementary Game & Brain-Teaser Cart, as well as free in-store play days.
518 Kenilworth Rd
418 North Main Street,
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New Summer Hours:
Friday & Saturday 10-8pm