Robyn Witt and Joe Moore of Take 2 Vintage know how tough it can be to manage a vintage business from home, that’s why they recently launched Bee Hive Chicago, a collective space in Chicago that houses nine vendors under one roof. After selling at local flea markets like The Vintage Bazaar and Vintage Garage Chicago and hosting sales at a studio space, the pair chose a light-filled industrial space in the Garfield Park neighborhood as the site for the Bee Hive.
They currently host monthly “Open House” shopping events that lets the public peruse the wares of the Hive’s members along with a rotating roster of guest vendors and local artists. The next event will be this Thursday, from 5-10PM at 2958 W Carroll St, Suite 3S– you can look forward to 1940s-1990s clothing and accessories from Imaginary Girl Jewelry & Vintage, Lost Girls Vintage, Poly Go Lightly Vintage, Cat’s Pyjamas and Leah Onomatopoeia Vintage and Mid Century furniture, decor and record players from Yetti Treasures, Take 2 Vintage and Shark Gravy. If you or a friend are seeking out props or displays for an upcoming wedding or event, be sure to check out Marthette Rental, she also does customized pieces for clients.
While merchandise is one-of-a-kind and constantly rotates, check out the photos I took at Bee Hive’s opening to get a taste of what you might see tomorrow night. Not located in Chicago? All of the members are also on Etsy, search for the tag “Beehive Chicago” to see what’s for sale.
The Bee Hive members also want to turn their space into a hub for Chicago’s community by hosting small business seminars and workshops covering topics like social media, marketing and taxes. Currently they are fundraising to increase their capacity for community outreach (including building dedicated photography setups available for hourly rental), check out their Indiegogo campaign, there’s only 24 hours left to help!