Photograph: Brooke Allison
Above: Beehive reopens under the direction of Sandra Halstead and Lesley Collins.

In 2013 Sandra Halstead opened up her dream store, Beehive.

With a curated blend of gifts and home goods, it attracted a loyal following, and behind the scenes, she was also taking on interior design projects. Word spread quickly, and she realized that the shop had outgrown its space and purpose and needed to expand. Halstead found a red barn on Sanford Street in Fairfield and envisioned a breezy shopping experience with a custom-design workroom. Now she handles interior design, from single rooms to full homes, while business partner Lesley Collins oversees retail. With a monogram shop and nearly 150 vendors represented in the new space, the duo hopes customers explore the shop and the world of options in home design. “We’re both absolutely in love with downtown and the other diverse and inspirational small businesses, and we’re so excited to begin our next chapter in the heart of town,” Halstead says.

79 Sanford Street, Fairfield;

Sandra Halstead and Lesley Collins
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