It may seem like an odd combination– toys on one side of the store, quilting supplies on the other.
“Toys and quilts absolutely go together. They have fun, bright colors. Y’know a lot of them are for adults and children,” said Annarose White, co-owner of Bee Creative Toys & Beehive Quilt Shop.
Many of her toys are educational, and she believes sewing is also a mental workout.
“That’s the same thing with quilting. It’s math and a lot of fractions so it keeps your brain young,” said White.
She opened the new store in Wellington in March with her business partner– her mom!
“Oh, I enjoy it. In fact, that’s probably one of the best things is I’m going to be able to work with my daughter, my granddaughter,” said Connie Hart.
Yes, Annarose’s first baby, Estelle, is growing up at the shop, among hints of the family’s other love– honey! Bee Creative Toys sells honeycomb games and hexagon puzzles.
“Bees are wonderful,” said White. “My dad has always loved honeybees. He used to sell stuff at the farmers market when I was a kid.”
So it seemed like fate when the family looked outside one day and saw honey dripping from a large, wild bee hive on the window frame.
“The nice thing was we were able to work with local bee keepers to actually keep that hive,” said White. “They came in and safely captured the bees.”
That inspired the owners to name their store after bees and decorate with that theme.
The building used to be an old department store, built in 1910. The family restored the front to the original design, and restored the tin ceiling and maple hardwood floors.
“It’s definitely my favorite part about the renovation are these creaky, original maple floors,” said Annarose.
While that mix of old and new can be seen throughout the store, one thing never changes for this mother-daughter duo–
“Mom’s the boss,” said Annarose. “Yea, she gets the last word!”