Shop Visit: Beehive

Text by Lynda Simonton

After spending the spring working, schooling, and eating three meals a day at home, it just may be time for a palate cleanser. Cue the Beehive.

Friends Sandra Halstead and Lesley Collins own the bright and airy shop, and their lively personalities and style can be seen in each carefully selected item. In the days of Instagram and Amazon, the partners are committed to regularly traveling to markets and tradeshows in order to stay abreast of trends and see goods firsthand. The result is a mix of products that are uniquely “Beehive.”

This summer, the shop’s offerings feature the duo’s signature blue-and-white palette mixed with a heavy dose of rattan and other natural-fiber accents. Overscale, waist-high lanterns mingle with piles of baskets, bright pillows, and statement lighting.

It is no surprise that loyal customers who appreciate the shop’s stylish, family-friendly design aesthetic have morphed into interior design clients. “Customers have the ability to work with the design team to special-order select pieces, but we sell many items right off the floor, so people can take them home that day,” says Collins. The shop’s on-site studio allows clients to easily work one-on-one with a designer.

While the Beehive has the ability to help you overhaul your house from top to bottom, repeat customers visit for the variety of gifts and accessories that change with the seasons. The boutique hosts a fully stocked “candle bar” (yes, that’s a thing), while a zone dedicated to resort-style beachwear features woven bags, Turkish towels, beach totes, and even TKEES flip-flops.

What’s next for the Beehive team? Halstead and Collins are outfitting a Sprinter van for mobile styling. “During the pandemic, we realized we can bring the Beehive and design services to our everyday customers in their home,” says Halstead. “Maybe they aren’t looking to invest in refurnishing their home or a big renovation but are looking to give it a really great update that we can accomplish for them in just a few hours.” Sign us up!
Beehive, Fairfield, thebeehivefairfield.com

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