Bee & Thistle

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Memorial Day Update 2016

Summer's just about on us, and here come the holidays, shore cookouts, 4th of July, and more. The Bee & Thistle is ready to provide you with the unique and affordable gifts to which you have grown accustomed to finding in our shop. As we near Memorial Day and the emphasis on the Jersey shore, find gifts galore. Two of our windows are dedicated to this motif as is the large display just inside the front of the store.

It is time to get our gardens under control as well. More and more families are becoming interested in fairy gardens, and we have received a lot of new accessories that you just have to see. Other popular items are spring and summer scarves, and we have quite the selection, including the ever popular flutter scarves.

Be sure to stop by, even if it is just to say "Hi!"

State of our Town

By now, we are all aware of the changes occurring in our beautiful town. We share the concerns of our fellow merchants regarding how we will cope with the anticipated business disruptions due both to known and unknown challenges. Reductions in the number of parking spaces and increased construction traffic are but a couple of those factors. To help our clientele, the Bee & Thistle will now be extending our business hours and will be open from noon to 4PM each Sunday in addition to our regular hours.

Over our past 43 years in Maplewood Village, there have been many changes, but those were gradual. The "new post office" is more of a jolt and will be a challenge to our award winning Village. Thanks for your past support and and we look forward to working with you, our loyal clientele, to weather this storm.

Welcome to Bee and Thistle!

As we move into our 43rd year, the Bee & Thistle has earned the reputation for being Maplewood’s first and last choice for a gift.

We provide the rare combination of uniqueness, competitive pricing and free, attractive gift wrap. Whether the recipient is to be male, female, old or young, we have established a track record for helping the customer select the right gift for an occasion.

At the Bee and Thistle, you will always be greeted by an owner, either Eileen or John, who have been the only employees since we opened in November, 1973. Eileen, since she does the buying for the shop, has an intimate knowledge of what is available to meet the needs of the customer.

If you have not yet experienced shopping at our store, do yourself a favor and stop by for your next gift. The variety of gift items at the Bee & Thistle is truly amazing, and for an appreciation of the gifts available, please visit the Gift Selections page. Remember, shop local and shop small.

The Bee & Thistle also offers a chair repair service including both gluing and repair.

Come see us!

Eileen and John Dilley
Our Year-Round Christmas Nook!
In addition to our local shoppers, we routinely enjoy visits from out of towners, and way out of towners like Europeans visiting family. We are responding to two primary requests: 1) Products made in the USA, and 2) a Christmas nook year round. It is amazing how many Christmas collectors there are year-round. So, to respond to our two prime requests, we are happy to announce our Maplewood Ornament collection for 2016, led by a memory of the key landmark in Maplewood, our train station.
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A Tribute to our Maplewood Train Station

How many trips have you started at our station? Now all we need to do is get a gingerbread man stationed outside.
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What Would a Station be Without a Train?

In this picture, you can see some of the other buildings in our village. You might want to have a village on the mantel, or each of them is very lightweight and can be hung as an ornament.
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Speaking of a Village…

Let's see if you can find the ski lodge, general store, candy store, covered bridge, reindeer barn to name a few.
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And More Businesses…

There's even a movie theater, firehouse, clock tower, and more...
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Gee, What Would a Town be without Dog Houses?

What would a dog house be without its own fire hydrant?

Peek in Our Windows:

  • Outside our Store
    Outside our Store
    The outside....
  • And the Inside...
    And the Inside...
    …a warm welcome awaits.
  • More and More Fairy Gardens...
    More and More Fairy Gardens...
    Fairy gardens continue to grow in popularity. Those gardens that started indoors are now getting ready to move outside, and we have more choices in houses, fairies, gnomes, elves and other accessories to help with your decorating.
  • Getting Started with Shore Gifts...
    Getting Started with Shore Gifts...
    Lobsters, sea horses, and sailboats, Oh My! These are joined by an assortment of table top items, lanterns, and our ever present 'funny' and 'appropriate' sayings.
  • And More Gift Selections...
    And More Gift Selections...
    More shore related gifts, joined by a selection of tuned, American-made chimes hanging in the front window. We have always been a fan of chimes in the garden.They just sort of pull everything together.
  • And Still More Shore Options...
    And Still More Shore Options...
    Still more shore related gifts along with some red, white, and blue selections for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.

Peek in the Store:

Some Red, White, and Blue to Help Celebrate…

Still more shore related gifts along with some red, white, and blue selections for Memorial Day and the 4th of July.
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