Business of the Month
Tell everyone about your business?
Beez Rustic Treasures is a gift shop made up of handmade/up-cycled items from local Iowa vendors. We do carry a few wholesale items as well. But I'd say 90% is all handmade. We have items from home decor, boutique, skincare, and furniture. We also carry homemade treats, and a local blend coffee. These items are made up of Women, Men, and Children.
Tell us about yourself and your employees?
I'm a sister in Christ, a wife, a Mama of 5, and a crazy woman Small Business owner! I like to stay busy so in my down time my family and I volunteer in church activities and community activities. I believe in growing and teaching girls the power of knowledge, being your own boss, and paying it forward. I also work with Mosiac a Non-Profit organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities. I love to work with my hands and that is what makes Beez RT a perfect place for me. Cheryl- she is our Creative Project Manager and runs the Hive in the back. She handles all birthday parties, and classroom sign ups. Cheryl is my partner in crime and is the backbone behind Beez RT. She has 2 kids, one grandson and is married to a farmer. Nicollette- Lead cashier, she is a homeschool mama to her 3 kiddos, is married and is also a vendor here at Beez Ruth- she works for us part time, she has 4 children and is married, she does all the string art classes and is also one of the bakers in the shop. Nadika- my second daughter works part time, is finishing up her senior year at SEP and then is going to ISU. Norah- she works on Fridays part time and goes to Southeast Polk School. CeCe- volunteers on Sundays and is in the SEP district. Shari- works seasonal here, she works for I-cubs for her "real job". She also is a vendor here and does the mixed media art. She's married, has 2 kids and one granddaughter. Debbie- works part time for us and is a full-time seamstress when she's not at Beez. She also sells her product here at Beez. She is married, also has 3 kids and 5 grandkids. We have also a great volunteer staff for events!
What do you want the chamber members to know about your organization?
Beez RT was started out of a fun idea and a dream of a couple girls. The dream was to provide a fun place for people to sell their crafts, for somewhere for the community to shop, and eventually a place for people to come and create and learn to love the arts and crafts. We also wanted to make sure that we had the best hours possible for people to be able to take advantage of all of that so that is why we have our "weird" hours.
Why did you join the Chamber of Commerce?
I joined the Chamber to get a sense on how to become a "actual" business person in my eyes. I started Beez RT with no clue on what I was doing and what way to go with it. The Chamber gave me a outlook on resources for marketing, meeting other small business owners, and other people right here in our community. Joining the Chamber also made me realize how much it takes to be organized and watching where all your investments go. I started Beez RT with no loans, and I'm still currently trucking on that way! Being part of the Chamber I felt helped me do things in a smart way that I wasn't sure how to do, so I could ask questions. Chamber members have been great about supporting us as well!!
How should people contact you?
The best way to contact Beez RT right now would be through our Facebook page, we are currently so busy in the shop the phone is ringing to voicemail. This time of the year we are just running different directions! You could also contact us through our email at Beezrustictreasures@gmail.com.
Do you have any specials or information left for someone reading this article?
The program we run at the shop is a loyalty program. For around every $50 spend you can receive a punch on your card and when that card is filled up you receive $10 in store credit. Wednesdays are Double Punch days for everyone, Thursdays for Senior Citizens 55 and up, and Friday is for Military, first responders, and teachers.
Any other information about your business?
The best thing about Beez RT is we are funny, crazy, and the best peeps in town if I do say so myself.