• 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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April 03, 2008



Your email strikes a chord with me as I've been thinking of opening something similar to your co-op for about 6 years now and am still not close to making it a reality. It is the fear that holds me back and I'm slowly working through it by gathering more and more information to help me be less scared.

I find you very inspiring and applaud you because you've found the strength to forge out on your own with your bags initially and now your co-op. What cojones that has taken!! You are clearly conquering your fears every day even though new ones present themselves every day I'm sure.

Anyhoo - just wanted to let you know you have inspired me and one day I will find my strength and fill my days with my passion instead of a day job that doesn't feed my soul. Thanks for your thoughts and blog :)


I honestly believe that although we all experience this, as entrepreneurs when you, ahem, cliche dead ahead..."feel the fear and do it anyway" - the universe rewards your risk taking. I never had this experience in my corporate gigs. Weird. If you really believe in what you are doing and put it out there audaciously, it comes back to you. I've also found that to be really true in the realm of entrepreneurs helping each other - that really inspires me and keeps me going! (and you're one of those entrepreneurs I'm talking about!).

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Beautiful post. How can we say that feminism has done its work until each of us can walk on the street alone without fear, annoyance, or embarassment?
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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.