Why Bear Paw Creek Will Inspire Your Group Classes and Organization

Bear Paw Creek equips teachers, therapists, and parents as they seek to enrich the lives of others through movement and music.

Bear Paw Creek understands the importance of music and movement for developing healthy minds and bodies of all ages.

We know that music stimulates both sides of the brain, lifts our spirits, and makes tedious activities seem fun. Incorporating motion with music brings along all the excellent physical and emotional benefits of exercise, strengthening our muscles, and improving coordination. 

Since 2000 we have made the best selling Stretchy Band in various sizes. Our Stretchy Bands are great for many different group sizes and appropriate for all ages. One of our most recent innovations is the Connect-a-Stretchy Band which has a buckle system that allows you use use the bands straight and buckled into a circle. We also carry a colorful line of ribbon and chiffon streamers, 25″ scarves, balloon balls, as well as square and textured bean bags.

After you have purchased your movement props, we help you organize them, too! Each of our props come packaged in a drawstring bag so that you can stay organized in your classroom, therapy room, library, home, or on the go! We also carry the specialty bags such as the QChord Gig Bag, Tone Chime case roll-up, pick pocket, BoomTote, and the Martin Backpacker Guitar.

Curious about how we got here?  Here is our story.

With a passion to create an income from home and inspired by my sister, Kathy Schumacher, MT-BC, a traveling music therapist, we (Christopher and Janet Stephens) opened Props & Bags, Etc in January 2000. I  meshed my love of sewing with the creation of a unique line of movement props along with solutions for organizing and transporting them.  With Christopher’s innovative mind and my designing/sewing skills, we emphasized quality testing and making improvements where needed.  In 2001 we picked up our first wholesale customer, and continued to add more through the years.

As we assessed our company and set goals for the future, we changed our brand name to Bear Paw Creek in 2008.  Our core values remained the same: commitment to the people who use our products, and enthusiasm for the manner in which our customers improve the lives of others. We also continue to innovate new products to serve the music and movement community.

In 2012, I had the opportunity to take a course about building websites with WordPress.  With this knowledge added to my “tool belt,” we have thoroughly enjoyed opening up and expanding up our retail market and connecting with our customers on a one to one level.

As our business continues to expand and grow,  reaching more retail customers, along with a growing list of resellers, stateside and internationally, none of this would be possible without our team. 

Team Stephens

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