A mother-daughter duo will open a specialty clothing store in Vandergrift

A new business is buzzing in Vandergrift.

Honeybee & Co., an online specialty clothing store for women and children, is set to open a physical store Sept. 15 at 301 Emerson St.

The business, co-owned by the mother-daughter team of Rachelle Beavers, 45, of West Leechburg and Destiney Beatty, 26, of Bethel Township, started from Beavers’ home business there is four years old.

“We started with $1,000 and took no loans,” Beatty said. “We decided to take the leap to brick and mortar and expand. We grew up and outgrew my mom’s basement.

The women noted that many customers like to try on clothes in person, and not everyone prefers shopping online.

Honeybee ships nationwide and a recent customer is from Alaska.

The boutique sells clothes for boys and girls and women’s clothes from small to XXXL.

At Honeybee, the most expensive items sold are jeans, and they cost less than $70 each.

Honeybee is focused on selling apparel made in the USA whenever possible.

“We try to avoid anything from overseas because it takes too long and the quality isn’t as good,” Beatty said.

With a motto of “affordable yet adorable”, Honeybee strives to offer the latest fashion trends without breaking the bank.

Renovations, mostly done by Beatty’s husband Ryan, are underway. Beatty said she hopes to open on schedule.

The honeycomb floor sealed the deal for the ladies as they shopped in the Alle-Kiski Valley for a proper showcase.

“I wanted to be in Leechburg, but the rent was higher there,” Beatty said. “But when I saw that honeycomb floor, that was it.”

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The honeycomb floor pattern of 301 Emerson St. in Vandergrift inspired Destiney Beatty to settle there.

Beatty graduated from Leechburg Area High School in 2015.

She and Ryan have two young daughters, Brooklyn and Blaine, whom they refer to as their little “bees” and who inspire the store’s name.

For Beatty, giving back is a business priority.

Honeybee & Co. recently raised over $400 for foster children in need. Last year, Honeybee donated over $1,000 to the Wounded Warrior project.

“This small company is still doing great things,” Beatty said.

Their latest fundraiser is a sale of breast cancer awareness t-shirts with all proceeds going to the annual Leechburg Pink Day event on September 17 in Leechburg.

Pink Day creator and organizer Sherry Jackson Price described Honeybee’s charitable contributions as very generous.

“We love having them as vendors, and they give out auction baskets and always donate generously to our cause,” Price said. “Holding fundraisers, like the breast cancer t-shirt sales they’re having this year, is always a positive reminder of what great ladies they are. I wish them the best with the opening of their new storefront.

The company’s goal is to make everyone feel good in their clothes, Beatty said.

The store design will be boho-casual.

“I don’t want anyone coming in here and thinking they’re badly dressed. I don’t want people coming in here and thinking we’re pretentious. I want it to be friendly,” Beatty said.

Honeybee organizes private parties from a mobile Honeybee trailer.

Novelty t-shirts are popular sellers, with slogans like “Raise Them Strong, Raise Them Brave, Raise Them Happy” and “Know Your Worth Babes”.

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Courtesy of Honeybee & Co.

Local online clothing store Honeybee & Co. is opening a store in September in Vandergrift.

Vandergrift Mayor Lenny Collini welcomed yet another new business to the borough.

“It’s just awesome,” Collini said. “Things are starting to change in this community.”

Joyce Hanz is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Joyce by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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