The Little Beehive, a gift, accessory and novelty shop filled with scented candles, handmade soaps and other items to delight the senses recently celebrated its opening in an unusual place – one end of the brick New Rochelle train station building.
Where a commuter or visitor might expect to find a taxi dispatcher, they will instead enter a welcoming mini-emporium with a mild citrus scent and something interesting, fun or calming to look at on just about every inch of shelf and wall space.
“We fill the store with handmade, unique and well-designed items,” said Dawn-Marie Manwaring, a partner in the store. “We try to curate it in a way that is interesting to the customers. Our aim is to bring something different to the train station – something unexpected.”
Manwaring’s business partner in the store is Melanie Reichler, who creates handmade candles and soaps. The Little Beehive, which opened in early May, is the southern Westchester edition of the popular Beehive in Mount Kisco, a store that Manwaring has owned for five years. She sells Reichler’s wares there.
The station building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is along Station Plaza North between North Avenue and Memorial Highway.