I can hardly contain my squeals of delight upon finding out about a new local/handmade/designer co-op in Mt. Kisco, my favorite town in 100 miles. I recently started seeing a Holistic Health Practitioner/nutritionist. Even though she has taken all the joy from my life (in the form of ice cream, red wine, peanut butter and even raisin bran!) she’s given me some cool reading material…in which I got the buzz on Beehive. (that was a totally intentional pun and clever as heck huh?)
In their own words “Beehive Co-op strives to nurture the creativity and
entrepreneurial spirit of emerging designers and provide them with new
markets and opportunities for their products. In doing so,
Beehive seeks to enrich the local community by introducing unique,
locally designed products in a stylish, modern boutique that retains the thrill of a seasonal market.”
Can I get an A-men? Finally…people are catching on, shopping local, buying handmade and supporting emerging designers. I stopped in the shop yesterday to find out how it all works, and am so excited to be a part of it. (And, I bought the world’s cutest baby shower gift–which I must keep a secret until after the baby shower of course.) I got the lowdown from the owner herself–a lovely mother of 2, Petra. Local artists have the opportunity to rent space in the brick & mortar boutique–each artist is responsible for their own merchandising and inventory control, as well as committing a few hours of their time to work in the shop. It’s truly a co-op in that respect. That Atlanta and Cincinatti locations even offer studio space for the designers and classes!
I’m sure many of you (myself included) have had nightmare experiences with consignment. I had sworn it off for a good long while. But the Beehive inventory tracking system is totally electronic and super organized making the promise of your monthly check a reality.
Though Beehive’s been open for only six weeks, there’s been quite a flurry of activity and it’s getting the attention and recognition it deserves. If you’re not local to Atlanta, Cincinatti or New York, you can still support the co-op by shopping online. Reminiscent, in principal, of Etsy, the Beehive shop has a crisp, clean interface with plenty of tastefully curated items. Just in time for holiday gift-giving season!