Why Bear Paw Creek Will Inspire Your Group Classes and Organization

Bear Paw Creek is a company that equips teachers, therapists, and parents as they seek to enrich the lives of others through music and motion.   We understand the importance of music and movement for developing healthy minds and bodies of all ages. 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.  We also have a line of bags for organizing those props and instrument cases.

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

How do you organize those essential props you use?  Each of our movement props come packaged in a drawstring bag to help you stay organized.  We also carry the following bags: QChord Gig Bag, Tone Chime case roll-up, pick pocket, BoomTote, zippered bags, and drawstring bags.

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.  Some things remain 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


Janet and the team of contract sewists.
Bear Paw Creek is here to serve you as you enrich people’s lives through music and movement.

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