When we have a stretch of gray, lugubrious winter days here in the Ocean State, the one surefire way I can get myself out of a dreary funk is to inundate myself with sparkle and color (that and eat chocolate!).
Depending on my mood, there are a few ways to make that happen, but when I want instant gratification I have the most success when I leave my home and seek out a place that can rev up my senses and make me feel upbeat and cheery.
I recently found just that place when I visited a cool shop in the South County Commons: Bee Chic, a women’s jewelry and accessory store. A satellite spin-off from their popular Bead Sting located on Sandy Bottom Road in Coventry, this new store is proving to be all the buzz in the Commons. And after I spent some time enjoying their fresh, vibrant space filled with a sweet assortment of baubles, jewelry and both classic and trendy women’s accessories, my lackluster fog soon began to lift.
The first collection to catch my eye was the stunning Periwinkle by Barlow pieces. One of the most popular lines carried here at Bee Chic, the Coastal bracelet and necklaces are like pieces of art. The stones are bright and colorful and the designs will add a total wow factor to anything in your winter wardrobe.
Not to be overlooked is the colorful selection of JoJo’s earrings, which come in an amazing variety of glass bead, gemstone and crystal settings. These would make such great gifts for that popular holiday that is right around the corner on February 14!
Co-Owner Jan Oliver is responsible for the remarkable range of merchandise offered at Bee Chic. “We offer a fresh, exciting line of accessories, jewelry and home accent pieces that are fun, affordable and truly work for any age range,” she shares.
The space itself is easy on the eyes with cream painted walls that come alive with inspired pops of color amongst the expansive Vera Bradley display, the whimsical and clever designs of Lolita Wine Glasses, the attractive, sequin-adorned Snoozies slippers and the one-of-a-kind decoupage bowls and wine bottle lamps by Sandy Cabral which are total showstoppers.
In addition to these bright and beautiful finds, Bee Chic also carries scarves for all seasons, soft and cozy throws, hilarious greeting cards, (the ones that leave you laughing aloud as you try to quietly read them) quotable mugs, sensual Yankee Candles, Dansko clogs and sandals, adorable charms to glitz up your home or car and that’s just getting started.
Always a sucker for beautiful glass I was completely mesmerized by the Kitras handblown glass ornaments. If you’re looking for a special gift, you’ll definitely want to come check these out.
Though this delightful shop is chock-full of neat women’s finds, their jewelry collections are definitely the big draw, particularly because of the many symbolic lines they carry – Ganz, BU, Wind & Fire, Alex and Ani, Lenny and Eva, and the very impressive and heartfelt collection by Luca and Stella. “The artisans that create the collections we carry share not only their beautiful craft but the messages behind each piece often reflects the many different paths life’s journey takes us all on. Many include cards that explain the meaning behind the piece, making it even that more special to gift or add to your own wardrobe,” Jan smiles.
Bee Chic has also carved out some adorable space to carry party dresses, coats and other charming items for little girls. Be warned – if you have a little princess in your life you won’t leave the store empty handed.
Jan and her staff have paid close attention to every detail in the store right down to the festive gift bags they place your goods in all at unbelievably affordable prices. If you’re looking to shake off those winter blues, head over to South County Commons where you’ll definitely see what the buzz here at Bee Chic is all about.
Bee Chic Boutique
49 South County Commons Way, Wakefield