Dorothy Drake. After 30 years as a General Manager in corporate America, I decided to find a less aggressive line of work.Â Â In the year 2000, too young to retire, but wanting to do something different, I wondered about playing with dolls professionally.Â I had been exhibiting at doll and teddy bear shows since the early 1990â€™s and had assumed production responsibilities for a local doll club show. When the Salt Lake doll shows became available, I took the plunge. In 2003, the promoter of the 6 shows in the Pacific Northwest passed away.Â His son called me, and I took an even bigger gamble.Â After that, opportunities allowed for expansion into California; first Roseville, then San Jose, and most recently, San Diego.
My husband and I now produce 15 Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Shows a year.