The Bee’s Knees Hosts Grand Opening Weekend

The Bee’s Knees will host a grand opening celebration on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3, in its new location at 3005 Hawkins Drive, Suite 3, and the public is invited to attend.

Jodi Vehlies and her dad Charlie Garner, co-owners of The Bee’s Knees, call the store an ‘Upscale Fleamarket.’ With furniture, antiques, accessories and more, many pieces at The Bee’s Knees have been upcycled. Window shutters and old picture frames get a new life after a good sanding and fresh coat of vibrant paint in colors like turquoise or lime green. The shutters are used to hold note cards or mail while the picture frames get scrapbook paper and new glass to become an adorable dry erase board.

What began as a hobby for the father-daughter pair has blossomed into a thriving business. According to Vehlies, she and her dad started out with a booth at the Judsonia Emporium in 2009. Initially, the flea market was a means to sell furniture after downsizing her home; while Garner needed to clean out his garage. Vehlies said they were soon hooked on reviving old pieces of furniture to sell in their booth.

“It’s been quite a learning experience for my Dad and me,” she said. “We began going to yard sales and auctions to maintain a good inventory. Then, our booth started doing really well when we started painting some of the pieces we brought in. We started toying with the idea of opening our own store; then, we finally took the plunge in April when we opened The Bee’s Knees.”

Vehlies and Garner’s original store on Pleasure St. quickly outgrew the space. The business’s concept flourished on Facebook as Vehlies constantly updated The Bee’s Knees Facebook page with pictures of new items for sale. The social media platform continues to gain popularity with more than 2,000 “Likes.”

“From the time we opened the store on Pleasure St., our store grew by leaps and bounds,” Vehlies said. “We have been overwhelmed by the positive response! Many people ask us where we the name of our shop came from,” Vehlies said. “’The bee’s knees’ was a 1920s expression, much like ‘the cat’s meow.’ It means ‘the height of excellence,’ which is exactly what we strive to provide to our customers.”

The Searcy Chamber of Commerce will host the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, December 2 at 11 a.m., and refreshments will be served. The grand opening celebration will last through Saturday.

For more information, find The Bee’s Knees on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beeskneesfleamarket, or call (501) 593-1087.

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