The Beehive Story…
The Beehive began in 2017, as a pop-up shop in Ashford town centre for the month of October. The idea was that we wanted to offer a beautiful shopping experience with good quality second-hand clothing, donated from the community; for the community.
But, The Beehive is not just any shop. At the very heart of The Beehive is a place where women who can’t afford clothing can be referred by local services to come and get clothes for free. We are not a ‘charity’ shop, we are a place of dignity and beauty where paying customers and referred women, share the very same boutique experience. The only difference is that when the clothes are scanned into the till, our referred women’s total clocks up to £0.
Our aim has always been that every woman who enters our shop is made to feel beautiful, valued, and that they matter.
After 2 successful pop-up events; giving away thousands of pounds worth of clothing to women in Ashford; welcoming men, women, children (and even a few dogs) through our doors, The Beehive was destined to be a permanent feature in this town that we love.
In October 2018, Becca (Beehive Manager) and Nic (Beehive project overseer) received the keys to 2 North Street- our very first permanent home.
As part of Ashford Vineyard (a local community church) The Beehive will work closely with some of their other Compassion services- including Storehouse: baby clothes and equipment, and Dress for Success: smart, interview clothing, provided to help get people back into work. The shop will be looking to expand into men’s wear and children’s wear in the future. So, do watch this space!
We may be in a different location, but The Beehive is the same shop that you know and love.
We are The Beehive- “A Beautiful Shopping Experience, From the Community; For the Community. Making Women Feel Beautiful, Valued and that they Matter.”
The Beehive is a shop and a cafe, all rolled into one, so if you’re popping by, make sure to stay for a coffee and maybe even a slice of cake! (All our fresh cakes are vegan, and we often have gluten-free options too!)
We sell good quality second-hand women’s clothing in Ashford, Kent. And we would love to meet you.