Beehive Co-op Brings Together Local Merchants in Atlantacomments (0) June 24th, 2008
Beehive Co-op, which resides in an abandoned gallery in Atlanta, GA, rents booths to artisans selling handmade goods. Beehive prides itself on its collection of jewelry, handbags, clothing, furniture, and other wares. Any local entrepreneur can rent a booth from Beehive for a small fee and set up their store in the gallery.
When Petra Geiger started Beehive, the mission statement was clear. Local designers should have the opportunity to sell their creations and be noticed in a country filled with shopping malls. What started as a personal need to find an outlet for her stationery and handbags became a revolutionary option to the standard mall atmosphere. Shoppers now have a permanent place to come and see the latest handmade designs, and vendors can now set up shop within this wonderful community.
Beehive has information about franchising on its website, and also offers classes in its Atlanta store. There are opportunities for kids as well as advanced classes in sewing, jewelry techniques, papermaking, and others.