Tuesday, August 16, 2011

interview - honeybee homewares

this weeks interview is with Tracy from honeybee homewares a beautiful store in fairlight - I have been propping from there for years. 

How did you come to start your business?

I was a devoted customer for a long time and was passionate about the shop.  It was a natural move to me, to be part of Honeybee Homewares

How long has your business been running?

The shop is in its 13th year, but I took over less than 6 months ago and I'm loving every minute of it.

Can you describe your average day?

I love opening up in the morning and putting items outside the shop on display, it's just a lovely ritual to start the day off. We never know who is coming. Some are regular customers coming to see our new stock, or some are customers who have heard about us or seen something in a magazine and have travelled to see us specifically, which delights us enormously.

 What are you excited about for Spring/Summer?

We have just received our new season for clothing from Lee Mathews and American Vintage, which is just gorgeous. We love styling the shop with French baskets, sheets, beach towels and the whole summer feel, it just makes you feel good! We are also sourcing our Christmas range at the moment.

What is your favourite part about honeybee homewares?

The customers! Our customers make us giggle, and come in and  share their life or their home-creating moments. We love it when they describe what they have done with a piece of furniture or tell us about the table setting for a wonderful dinner party they had with their new table linen.  We genuinely do get pleasure from the enjoyment people get spending time in our shop.
I also love sourcing stock for the shop, and am about to fly to Paris to go to their trade fairs for the first time, so am very excited about that!

 Your least favourite task?

I haven't got there yet, it's all new still.

Where is your favourite spot to sit during your work day?

At the counter - we can see the world going by ... but I do like to try out all the new furniture that comes in!

a little note honeybee have the poster grid that appeared in home beautiful this month