What’s Hot in The Bean Hive, in Kettering and Falmouth?

Davina Parkhouse, founder of The Bean Hive does not do things by halves so when she decided to mark the Kettering-based card and gift shop’s recent third birthday, it didn’t just call for cake and fizz, but a zebra bursting out of the wall and a party for customers with prizes galore!

Above: The Bean Hive in Kettering has become a well loved emporium in the three years since it opened, now withartwork by local Cathy Matthews adorning the shop in the form of a pink and black zebra bursting out of the wall.
Above: The Bean Hive in Kettering has become a well loved emporium in the three years since it opened, now withartwork by local Cathy Matthews adorning the shop in the form of a pink and black zebra bursting out of the wall.

The ‘party atmosphere’ has continued with The Bean Hive and its year old sister shop, The Bean Hive by the Sea, in Falmouth which is run by Davina’s daughter Emelye, winning The Greats gift retailing Best Newcomer award last month. The shops are also in the finals in The Retas 2021, the winners of which will be announced at a wonderful awards ceremony on Tuesday 16 November.

Above: Davina and Emelye won a Greats award a few weeks ago.
Above: Davina and Emelye won a Greats award a few weeks ago.

Here, Davina shares some of the stores’ best selling products and ranges…

Everyday

Nicola Rowlands from Rifle Paper (1973)

“The designs and colours are stunning and the quality is amazing. The colourful ranges by Nicola Rowlands were a new addition during lockdown and made our shelves look good and always sell well.”

Above: The Rifle Paper ranges sell well in The Bean Hive.
Above: The Rifle Paper ranges sell well in The Bean Hive.

Humour

Jeffrey & Janice from Bold & Bright

“Ever amusing naughty Jeffrey and Janice range – customers spend ages reading all this range.

These are our best sellers in our ‘Sweary Mary rude shop within the shop’.”

Across the board from Quite Good Cards

“These are our the best selling ‘clean’ funny cards. They appeal to both adults and children.”

Above: The Oldermort design from Quite Good Cards is a top selling card in The Bean Hive.
Above: The Oldermort design from Quite Good Cards is a top selling card in The Bean Hive.

Art

Cards and prints from East End Prints

“We stock a lot of cards (and prints) from East End prints and we particularly love the music-inspired ones such as This Charming Man.”

Above: A design from East End Prints.
Above: A design from East End Prints.

Paper Deep Design and Moley and the Tigers

“We sell a lot of small local cards especially in our Falmouth shop, including our in-house ranges by Paper Deep Design and Moley and the Tigers.”

Children’s

Across the board from Eleanor Bowmer

“Our favourite range is everything Eleanor Bowmer designs. The cards are amazing quality, they feel great, the designs are quirky and are a great fit with our colourful shop. We sell most of her other products too.”

Above: Bright graphics from Eleanor Bowmer.
Above: Bright graphics from Eleanor Bowmer.

Giftwrappings

Neon leopard prints from Petra Boase

“Basically, this is our shop in a wrapping paper form.”

Miffy, Peanuts and Moomin from Hype

“We love them!”

Gifts/Self-purchase

Stationery and partyware from Rifle Paper (1973)

“If we like the brands, such as we do with Rifle, Eleanor Bowman and Hype, we tend to sell a lot of other products too.”

Above: A scene inside The Bean Hive.
Above: A scene inside The Bean Hive.

Eleanor Bowmer homewares

“We sell most of the range and love the pink leopard print homewares so much we have it in our kitchen at home too.”

Badges from Hype

“A great addition to the shop.”

Top: The Bean Hive in Kettering.

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