LOCAL FOCUS: The Honey Bee

 

Kristi Carter stands with just a few of the items found at The Honey Bee in downtown Okolona. The business has over 30 boutique vendors displaying a wide variety of items.  (Photo Floyd Ingram)

Kristi Carter stands with just a few of the items found at The Honey Bee in downtown Okolona. The business has over 30 boutique vendors displaying a wide variety of items.
(Photo Floyd Ingram)

OKOLONA – Customers are always surprised with what they find in The Honey Bee in downtown Okolona.

The Honey Bee opened just a little over a year ago and has quickly become the spot people drive to, to find that special gift for a friend or a unique item for their home.

The Honey Bee is an indoor market featuring over 30 different vendors,” said owner Tanya Franks. “We are a carousel of shops consisting of ladies boutique clothing, children’s smocked and applique clothing, repurposed furniture, home accent furniture, artwork, jewelry and much more. We are also pleased to be the official showroom for Mississippi Farm Tables.”

Franks said customers always marvel at the items on display.

“People say they never dreamed there would be a place like this in Okolona,” said Franks. “As the word gets out, more and more people come in and come back.”

Franks said Okolona has been good to The Honey Bee and she works hard to be involved in community events and supports community projects.

“We have gotten to know the community and our customers,” said Franks. “Our employees work hard to help our customers and make sure they find what they want. We want every customer who walks in that door to leave with a smile, whether they bought something or not.”

Kristi Carter manages the Okolona store and has learned to just let customers walk the aisles before asking to help.

“We offer a little bit of everything and have a wide variety of items,” said Franks. “We also have new vendors each month, so the selection is different just about everytime you come in.”

Franks said most people don’t realize that the Honey Bee sells up-scale women’s and children’s clothes as well as accessories and jewelry.

“We can also monogram and personalize just about anything,” said Franks. “Our prices are also lower than most.”

And most of the items in the Okolona store are made locally.

“We have the producer rent space and we cut out the middle man, which reduces the cost to the customer,” said Franks. “We are pleased with the selection we have and are always looking for new artists and craftsmen to put their work in our store.

“North Mississippi has a lot of very talented people and we are glad to be a venue for these people,” said Franks. “We just urge shoppers to make the drive to Okolona and shop with us one time. We know they will be back.”

 

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