• 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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February 29, 2008



Hi Petra! I first read about you and Beehive in an entrepeneur magazine while taking a break from holiday shopping at a bookstore. This was back in December, and I have been thinking about it ever since! My job as a charitable fund development officer was eliminated in July last year due to inevitable financial cutbacks and I've been enjoying a sabbatical of sorts since then - and also making and selling more and more jewelry! I've thought about trying to get in touch with you, and just haven't worked up the courage to actually state out loud that your franchise opportunity in interesting to me! It feels a little scarey. You have inspired an entrepeneur spirit in me, Petra, and I'd love to chat sometime if you ever have an opportunity!
Warm regards,

Larissa Dobbin

Spring fever, baby! Aside from spring cleaning, I and my girls do spring SHOPPING during this time of the year. Like what you've said, it's nice to go out and strut your stuff, if the weather's warmer and breezy.

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  • 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.