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Teddy bears and hard drives

"Although computers and teddy bears are not the most logical of combinations, a local couple is hoping customers give it a try.David and Rachel Healy, who formerly operated separate stores - CompWare Designs and Teddy's At Heart, respectively - on different sides of Bremerton, have now brought their wares and services together in a new store at the Sheridan Square mall next to the Perry Avenue Mall on Sheridan Road.In an effort to maintain name recognition, the couple will keep their stores' names, for now.We were going to go with one name, and we might still, David Healy said. We couldn't think of one name that would fit both of them.Originally located in the Sheridan Village shopping center on Lebo Boulevard for a year, CompWare Designs specializes in selling hardware and upgrades, as well as networking solutions.With two computer systems on display, he works with customers to find a perfect system to suit the needs of individual clients.If they don't know what they want, I can sit down and help them decide what they need, he said.Along with three staff technicians David Healy said he offers customers unusual services such as house calls, delivery and before- and after-hours arrangements.We do things that other stores don't do, he said. That's where I think I'm apart from other stores.Previously operating out of a small store on Kitsap Way, Teddy's At Heart offers six lines of teddy bears, including top sellers such as Steiff and Boyd's Bears.With works from two local artists and tea also offered, Rachel Healy said the two stores offer a relaxing environment for everyone who comes in, as well as a place for couples to visit and find something for both of them.We kind of wanted to create a warm atmosphere, she said. We decided we'd make a place where men and women could come in together and each find something.If a woman brings her husband to the store to search for a specific stuffed animal, David Healy said the man would be able to find many computer-related items to keep him busy.There's something for him, too, he said. It might be an odd combination, but it works.In addition to a large increase in floor space for the two shops and a more centralized location, the Healys - married for 11 years this July - said they enjoy being able to work within the same building.We wanted a store like this because we wanted to be together, David Healy said. While she continues to sell her teddy bears through her Website and over auction sites such as eBay, Rachel Healy said she enjoys the combination of the two brick and mortar shops because of the way they complement each other.Sometimes, computers can be very intimidating, she said. Here, it's hard to be frustrated."

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