Welcome to The Hive! A Lifestyle of Creative Upcycling
Nurturing the Creative Self. The story behind the inception of "The Hive" is just that. In our work, several of us lose our childhood sense of fun and play. After several years of being committed to a "career" it was time for me and my husband, Mike, to invest in our creative selves in order to maintain a healthy attitude and a rewarding lifestyle during our retirement. For me, painting has been one of the creative outlets that has enabled me to "fill my well." For Mike, he likes the challenge that comes about with the repair work that is required for some pieces and the development of new wooden creations. Mike's wooden trays, signs and bread knives are rustic, unique and utilitarian.
As part of our "schtick with chic" the ideology is bringing life back to an item that may have been left derelict. We look for the "ugly" stuff at auctions... because I would never paint "pretty." Paint can cover a lot of blemishes, including water rings, cigarette burns and areas of needed repair. A little imagination can make an old discarded drawer into a tray for serving tea or turn an old table into a birch bark checker board.
Moving to Prince Edward Island and launching "The Hive" at the Summerside Market was part of our retirement dream. Being new to the island, (or "from away" as an islander would say), the market enabled Mike and I to start to establish our business. It also provided us with the opportunity to be part of a community.
In the summer of 2018 we relocated to Spinnaker's Landing in Summerside; the shopper's boardwalk on the water. It's a beautiful, inspiring location that provides individuals with "experiential shopping" that isn't achieved by shopping at the mall or on line. We increased our sales to include other artisans of PEI and other "creative" items such as paint (Country Chic), fabrics, furniture knobs and stencils. Due to the PEI weather however, "the landing's" access was limited in the PEI winter months and we had to shut our doors in September of 2018.
Subsequently, Mike and I were actively searching for a location in the Summerside area that would enable The Hive to remain open 12 months of the year. Our new location at 216 Water Street in Summerside provides this opportunity and allows us the facilities and space to run workshops. Opening in March of 2019, we were excited to be a part of the eclectic Water Street community in downtown Summerside. Although there was a strong support from the community, we were unable to facilitate workshops and financially support the retail space. In closing the 216 Water Street location, our "Phase Four" is being proposed at our residence in Enmore, where we will be able to establish our "UpWest Workshops," continue to sell Country Chic paint and "raw" furniture.
We have met wonderful people, forged new friendships and painted a lot of great pieces! All is not a sad story. It is just, for this time being, a closure to a chapter. So, that's the buzz from our hive to yours. Kim aka : MamaBee
This piece originally had a marble top. Removing the doors gave it a whole new look!
Our new location at 216 Water Street in Summerside. Opening March 2019