At The Bee, we strive to:

– provide a welcoming gathering space for people from varied socio-economic backgrounds to learn, share, create and discover together,

– enliven an active interest in traditional home arts and creative repurposing in our community,

– offer opportunities for people to increase their earning potential,

– provide financial support to local community benefit organizations, and

– initiate and nurture ongoing collaborative efforts between local manufacturers, creatives, downtown promoters and merchants

what makes The Bee special

Our “gathering with a purpose” tagline means we not only offer opportunities for people to get together to learn how to sew and craft, market and sell product; we’re making a conscious effort to help people discover and celebrate their own self worth and embrace the power of coming together for a common cause.

who can come to The Bee

New-bees, intermediate and advanced sewists, quilters, crafters, knitters, DIY divas and more find kinship in the hive.  Participants can learn skills and/or share existing talents, gaining experience at their own pace thanks to a growing cadre of patient mentors. We learn from one another.

Join us on a casual basis, sign up for a class or two, or consider becoming part of the collective. We are currently a small group of sewists and crafters, meeting the third Wednesday of each month at our Buzz Ins, and other times for special activities and classes. If you have an interest in creating and/or learning with us, we’d love to have you.

where can you buy Items created by our producers?

Check out goods to buy page here on our website to see a list of local merchants who carry our product, as well as our Etsy page. (The Etsy page is a little sparse, still, but we’ll be adding to it, so please check back.)

on the horizon

We are looking to expand from what is now essentially a collective cottage industry to a full-fledged brick and mortar storefront to house an open studio with making and teaching space and a boutique showcasing goods created in the studio.  We are actively working to bring a creative reuse center  to life in York, and would welcome contact from any interested partners.   We are also setting strategies to radically increase the number of producers to meet local private label production needs, so if you or someone you know is a skilled sewer, please contact us.


If you can see yourself, your group, organization or business being part of this endeavor, please contact us.  We welcome your thoughts and ideas and an opportunity for dialogue. Please feel free to also share the buzz with others you think may be interested in helping us “bring on the bee.”

Learn more by browsing this site, subscribing to our blog (see Recent Posts) and following The Bee.gathering with purpose on Facebook and Twitter (#bringonthebee).   We’ve got some boards on Pinterest, too, to help inspire creative repurposing. Want to get involved, please contact us .

Our “Wish List.”

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