Teddy bears aren’t the only stuffed animal kids can hunt for in windows around Boston. The Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel has joined the fun to help entertain kids in the Back Bay neighborhood, displaying a scene of black Lab “Cori Copley” plush toys in its doorway on St. James Ave.
Exhibiting the stuffed animals of Cori is a small way for the 107-year-old hotel, now temporarily closed, to stay connected with the Boston community and the children who normally love to visit Cori when she’s at work. The hotel’s General Manager, George Terpilowski, created the puppy scene on Tuesday when learning that Boston schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year.
“We had all this inventory of Cori stuffed animals from our Fairmont Store and wanted to delight neighborhood families who are enjoying walks around Copley Square to pass the time and get some fresh air,” said George Terpilowski, Fairmont Copley Plaza’s General Manager. “We will leave the animals on display until we reopen so kids can say ‘hello’ to Cori whenever they want!”
Every week, the hotel sends photos that Joe takes of Cori to brighten the days of staff who miss seeing her at work. Cori also makes an appearance in the General Manager’s weekly Zoom video chat with colleagues, as she is an important (and arguably the cutest) member of the Fairmont Copley Plaza team!
Cori Copley is the hotel’s Canine Ambassador, a two-year-old black Lab who lives on the South Shore with her dad Joe Fallon, Fairmont Copley Plaza’s longtime Concierge. While the hotel is temporarily closed, Cori and Joe are enjoying lots of walks and playtime along the water, practicing safe social distancing of course.