Our Story

Dancing Bear Toys opened in Biltmore Village in 1989, under the guidance of the Proctor family. 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 they 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.

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.

We've come a long way from our single store in 1993. Between our two locations we keep very busy with community involvement. Every year we donate to over 30 local schools and nonprofits, and host over 20 free play days and events. We also offer a free lending library of toys for educators. We love Western North Carolina and everything this community has done for us, and we'll continue to do all we can to give back.


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(800) 659-8697


518 Kenilworth Rd
Asheville NC 28805 (map )

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Sun. 12-5



418 North Main Street,
Hendersonville, NC 28792 (map)


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Monday-Saturday : 10-6pm

Sunday : 12-5pm


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