• 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!

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January 03, 2008



I'm excited to hear you're nestled into your new place! I'm sorry I missed seeing you before you left and hope to see you sometime in NY. I read the article and liked it too.

Tina Kite

Good to hear you are doing well in NYC. I wish you all the best.
I've been working on hats for the Kentucky Derby and a couple of custom pieces and just did an interview with a reporter from the AJC - she is writing an article about hats! I hope 2008 is great for everyone.


Thanks for posting that article - it's great to read about successful small businesses!

I was hoping January would slow down for me but instead it's been hard to keep up with my wholesalers who want to restock after Christmas. Maybe I'll take a break after Valentine's Day...

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