The store lets people “stuff” their own animals with a machine, make a wish on a heart, place it in the bear and then choose an outfit to dress the stuffed animal.
Marzouqi used to be involved heavily at area schools with a marine biology program, so he tries to keep the idea of education alive at his store.
“We try to tell the children about their animals,” Marzouqi said. “We tell them if they are extinct and other general facts about them.”
The store even has a special room for birthday parties that is located in the back of the store. There is a table set up with chairs where children can work and pick out their stuffed animals.
“We have different packages for birthday parties,” Marzouqi said. “It really just depends on the people’s budgets.”
Marzouqi also tries to do fundraisers for different non-profit companies in the area. “We can give bears to be raffled off or people can sell the skins and get them stuffed here,” Marzouqi said. “Sometimes it’s easier if they contact us though, because we don’t always know who needs help.”
Marzouqi said he has distributors all over the country to provide people with a large selection of stuffed animals and clothes for them.
It is easy to see that Marzouqi loves his job. He interacts with the children and said he loves to help them pick out their stuffed animals.
Marzouqi said that people can also put items that are special to them in the bears, such as pacifiers and items like that. “Children are happy if they know something they love is in a safe place,” Marzouqi said.
Al “Mo” Marzouqi stuffs a bear at the Stuffing Factory Inc., located in the Lycoming Mall.
10 a.m. to 9 p.m Mon.-Sat.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.