In 2018, Tate, Amanda and the kids moved out of South Florida to the city his parents grew up in, Schenectady, New York – which is in the “Capital Region” of Upstate New York, near Albany. After being born and living their entire lives up that point in South Florida, it was time for a change. The ever increasing population and year round boiling temperatures had simply became unbearable. After visiting Schenectady over Halloween and experiencing Fall for the first time, the family decided to take a leap of faith and move north. Leaving the store was a tough decision, but it was necessary – after 25 years Tate needed a break from the day to day operations of the shop. Tate returns back to South Florida every couple of months to check up on things, to help with big events and facilitate store layout rearranges. We are lucky to have an outstanding staff of great people running the shop, it would not be operating today without them!
A second Bear and Bird location was opened in Schenectady in November 2019. The NY location has a very diverse mix of items reflecting a wide variety of things that are found at both TATE’S and the FL Bear and Bird. It is a hybrid of a sort, but still has a similar vibe to the South Florida shop! Anyone who knows our Florida location and finds us up here is welcomed as if they are a celebrity! We hope you will visit if you ever find yourself in Upstate New York too!