Behind the Design: The Hive Arroyo Grande

Behind the Design: The Hive Arroyo Grande

I’m SO excited to share with you this very special project and my second retail space that I’ve designed!

There’s been a lot of “buzz” around town about The Hive and what it is.

The Hive is a boutique located in the village of Arroyo Grande that offers locally sourced and carefully curated artwork, jewelry, clothing and much more.

The Hive AG is a collaboration between myself and Tracy Sonny. We always knew we wanted a space that would feel warm and inviting, that people wanted to be in and a space that benefited the community in some way.

It was a cold Wednesday morning when I met Tracy at 119 East Branch St. in Arroyo Grande. I walked into a building that had baby blue walls, tired blue carpet, track lighting, and cobwebs galore.

“OHHHH Dear” I said to myself. We definitely had our work cut out for us.

BEFORE:

Over the next month, we began demo’ing drywall, and tearing out all of the old electrical.

Behind the drywall, we actually found this amazing original wall paneling.

HOW COOL is that?!?!

What a difference removing some carpet does huh??

Anyways, away we went tearing out drywall and just got a little red tag from the City.

BUT we did our due diligence and took the City planners some doughnuts. And also begged for forgiveness. (And a permit…)

After a week delay, we were back in action.

Now came the two week deadline where we were scrambling to get our door open for the Soft Opening. Countless family members and friends came to help us during this time…it was truly amazing. We were tired, excited, tired and then excited.

Me being bossy, per usual:

On December 3rd, we had our soft opening and were in total awe of how many people came out to support us. It was shoulder-to-shoulder for almost four hours. People were smiling, oogling over the goodies, and just having a great time.  It’s a space that you just want to hang out in. It’s comfortable, beautiful, and stylish. You have to walk around a few times to make sure you pick up on all of the tiny details.

Take a peek at these lovely photos from Kacie Jones Photography from the event.

Come and visit The Hive AG Tuesday – Saturday, 10-5 PM!

DJ Gil Mano

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