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August 6th, 2008New business spotlight on Stuffing Factory, Inc.

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by Alissa Eaton

Al “Mo” Marzouqi opened the Stuffing Factory as a kiosk in November 2006, but eventually moved to an area with its own storefront, near JC Penneys at the Lycoming Mall.

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.

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