Bears, Bears, and More Bears
In 2000, the Johnson family felt led to establish a retail store fulfilling Carrie's dream of selling her dad's hand-crafted furniture, along with other gifts and accent items and using her business education and experience.
After prayerfully searching, they drove down Main Street in Blue Ridge and immediately knew they had found the place. Mama Bear (Sandra) wrote a check for the first month’s rent to the owners of Fieldstone Village, the Mason's, who proved to be more friends and helpers than Landlords.
We opened a small store on the hill, next to the Deli. Since most of the town was antique stores, we wanted to do something different that did not hurt other established businesses. The name “Tomorrows Antiques Today” was chosen to reflect that the furniture made by "Papa Bear" (Ray) would one day be antiques.
It didn’t take long for us to realize we needed more space. As we began praying the Jabez prayer from 1 Chronicles 4:10, we began to see God's hand in expanding the business. Over the course of the next year, God expanded us 3 times. It was then that the owners of the building decided to build a 2-story building for us.
Ray was building custom furniture in Ellijay but desired to be closer to the store in Blue Ridge. As the owners built the 2-story store they decided to include a shop out back. “TAT” moved into the two story building and the business continued to grow. Soon we expanded into the store next to us creating our "Bear Bed and Bath." As we continued to grow we added more and more bear products, soon we began hearing customers on their cell phones saying, “Come on down the street, we are in “the bear store" transforming us from "TAT" to The Bear Store.
Today we continue to work together as a family to help our customers not only find the best bear products but helping them find all their "bear necessities" for their cabins. We hope as you visit our store whether in our brick and mortar or our online store you will fill a little of "bearadise."
Meet the Team
Owner & CFO
Owner & Store Manager