Hello & welcome to the Beans!
The Bean Hive is an independent mini department store based in a bright pink shop on the High Street in Kettering, Northamptonshire. A visit is always fun and our wonderful staff offer a friendly service combined with good old fashioned excellent customer service.
Founded in 2018 by a group of friends and traders. The Bean Hive specialises in quirky items for the home, gifts for any occasion and the biggest selection of cards in the area. The shop is home to many local traders including the locally famous Randalls American sweet shop and our unique Upstairs at Sweary Marys.
Our quirky products are sourced from reputable European and national brands together with many lesser well known local or independent designers. We choose products that are we like ourselves, are innovative, are well made and offer good value.
We are so proud of what we have achieved in our first two years of trading. With a lot of blood sweat and tears we turned a mostly derelict shop into a colourful vibrant shop and we have already become the go to store for gifts locally. We have won awards as the best independent retailer for both Northampton Life and Muddy Stilletto and we are delighted to be finalists in the upcoming The Great Awards which are the Oscars for the gift retail industry.
Founder and owner of The Bean Hive Ltd
Originally from a property background I accidentally started my retail career by selling antiques and vintage paraphernalia following a massive inheritance of junk from my mother. I am unashamedly a shopaholic and my favourite activity is sourcing new stock for the shop. As well as running the business you will often find me front of house as I love chatting to our customers. I am passionate about the High Street and independent shops and try to support as many local businesses as possible. I am so proud of our Bean Hive family.
Founder of the Bean Hive and known as Bossy Bean
After working in advertising and marketing for over 35 years, I now help to manage The Bean Hive and at times Bean. Boon my shop was born two years ago and has now become a full time job as The Bean Hive is so busy. I run the office and the website, but can also be found on the shop floor as I enjoy meeting our lovely customers.
Founder of The Bean Hive & our Creative Bean
With over a decade of retail experience and 5 years creating a successful Depop shop called Floral Fart my natural progression was to be part of a high street shop. With the launch of the Bean Hive I introduced One Day Otis, bringing together a collection of all the products that I would want to find in a shop.
I bloody love taking photos so take a lot of the product photos at the shop as well as am kept very busy with our social media and organising shop window displays - come and say hello!
Founder of The Bean Hive & Social Bean (aka Sweetie King)
I have always been an entrepreneur & have been running my American Candy store, Randalls for over five years now. Proudly running an online store & two physical stores, in Market Harborough & Kettering (within The Bean Hive). Studying Photography at College helped me shape & run the Social Media platforms for The Bean Hive, which has been a godsend as these oldies are useless with their phones! You will also find me in the shop at least one day a week, mainly making everyone laugh & eating. I am very passionate about independent retail & supporting local, this is something that makes me proud to be such a big part of The Bean Hive community.
Founder of the Bean Hive & our resident Builder Bean
Chiv is the owner of Area 51 which sells a massive selection of vintage and new vinyls together with collectables including rare Star Wars figures upstairs in The Bean Hive.
He has a wicked sense of humour and keeps us all laughing as well as being very handy with his electric drill!
Our own real Dizzy Lizzie!
Lizzy is the Customer Services Manager at The Bean Hive and has just taken on an extra role as part of the new website team! She also keeps us supplied with turkish delight.
In a league of her own!
Becky joined us at the Hive with her business The League Of Mothers and has quickly become a major part of the website team along with managing to juggle being mother of 2 as well as running her business!