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Sunday 10:00 am - 5 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5 pm
ESTES ARK HISTORY - Flag Ship Store - Honors And National Awards
Estes Park is a quaint historic village surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and only minutes away from Rocky Mountain National Park.
In 1994, in the midst of this Rocky Mountain splendor, construction began on ESTES ARK, creating a Noah's Ark styled building. The Ark is 100 feet long x 50 feet wide x 30 feet tall. It was designed and constructed by the original owners. The doors opened in the fall of 1995 dedicated to plush animals ranging from exotic to domestic and miniature to life size.|
In 2004 "Rainbow Curve Raceway" made it's debut in the lower level of Estes Ark. The Raceway features a custom built 100 foot - 6 lane nostalgic wooden slot car track with 1/24th scale rental cars and accessories for the slot car enthusiast.
The fall of 2015 brings new ownership to Estes Ark. A Minnesota family with a renewed enthusiasm to carry on the tradition for all that have visited in the past and have come to expect.
We hope you can visit us in person and share our shopping adventure with your entire family. The panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains, from our 360 degree deck will bring you back again and again.
Honors and National Awards:
February 1999: Specialty Retailer of the Year for Outstanding Achievements in Overall Merchandising and Store Design (for 1998)
*This award is presented annually during the New York Toy Fair and is sponsored by PLAYTHINGS Magazine.
(the oldest and most respected toy trade publication since 1903).
February 1999: Award for the Most Outstanding Display and Product Representation for the 100th Anniversary of GUND.
(America's oldest plush toy manufacturer since 1898).
January 2000: Chosen as panel speakers for the IDEX International Collector's Expo (in San Francisco)
Representing the retail side of collectibles.
1996 - 2000: Selected as TOBY (Teddy Bear of the Year) judges for 5 consecutive years for Teddy Bear and Friends Magazine.
January 2001 - 2002: Grand Prize for GUND'S Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Teddy Bear "100 YEARS OF HUGS".
Awarded first place for 1st half of 2001 , Awarded 1st place for second half of 2001 and Grand prize for best display overall.
February 2002: Merchandising Achievement Award for BEST STORE DESIGN - 2001 (under one million in sales). Sponsored by oldest Toy Trade Publication - PLAYTHINGS magazine during 2002 New York Toy Fair.
February 2002: Reader vote for SPECIALTY TOYS and GIFTS (trade magazine) for the best display "Teddy Bear ice cream social"
February 2004: Industry Achievement Award from PLAYTHINGS Magazine for BEST DIRECT MERCHANDISING CAMPAIGN
2003 Estes Park "Creative Community Coupon" Book.
August 2004: RETAILER EXCELLENCE AWARDS from Jones Publishing (Publishers of Dolls and Teddy Bear Review Magazines)
Grand Award for Outstanding Marketer and Retailer Excellence Award for Outstanding Retail Display.
December 2005: Featured as one of the SEVEN BEST TOY SHOPS in the United States in the December issue of Travel Savvy Magazine.
May 2009: Chosen by George Whalin for his new book RETAIL SUPERSTARS
"Inside the 25 Best Independent Stores in America". (Penguin Publishing).
May 2009: Featured in the Weekend section of the WALL STREET JOURNAL
"How to Succeed in Business Yet Stay Small" 5/23/09
July 2014: JULY 24th ... And the Answer is: ESTES ARK ! A featured clue on JEOPARDY with a photo of our store under the category of "Cool Buildings". The contestant answered correctly !