• Me taken this year by my good friend Joey Ivansco.

    I opened Beehive Co-op in 2004. The idea was born out of a need to take my burgeoning handmade handbag business to the next level. Up against a wall, burnt out on local festivals and unable to meet the margins for wholesale, I thought that there must be an alternative concept for fledgling entrepreneurs who are serious about building a business. Inspired by the antique dealer model, I conceived of Beehive as a place where designers can sell their merchandise directly to the customer in a supportive, collaborative environment that provides resources and support as they navigate the highs and lows of building a design/craft business. It’s been a long time since I’ve sewed (I miss it) but I’m constantly motivated to provide bigger and better opportunities for all the designers associated with Beehive Co-op!

    One of my first bee handbags (a favorite) made about 5 years ago.

    This was Beehive before the Co-op!

    Submit a guest blog:

« Looking for that special little somthin' | Main | Happy New Year! Here's to a fresh start! »

December 01, 2007


Carla Kaiser

I have your blog plugged in to my google reader account, which I love because I don't have to click around and hunt down the newest posts on my favorite blogs. I had the same guilty thoughts and feelings about not making regular posts in my blog, but then I think about how many blogs I've deleted from my reader list because they clutter it up with frequent "filler" posts. I appreciate that your blog never has fluff. It is always valuable, helpful information, and always on topic (unlike my blog where I will ramble on about anything under the sun). Good luck with your move!

Merrill Frazier

Hi! I am from Atlanta and now live in Gainesville, Georgia. I love your shop idea. Thanks so much for supporting indie crafters and designers like me.

The comments to this entry are closed.


  • I’d love to hear your comments, experiences and tips as related to indie design and entrepreneurship. Or feel free to comment on anything I’ve written!


  • Beehive Co-op is reinventing retail and redefining craft. Our mission is to nurture the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of emerging designers and in the process invigorate local communities with lovingly handcrafted, locally made products from the most talented professional designers in the region. Beehive Co-op is understated exuberance, a dynamically evolving mix of designers and products not found at the local mall. Whether you are seeking a shop to call your own, a place to market and grow your business, or handmade products to covet, Beehive is inspired retail. Franchise opportunities available.