Bee & Thistle

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...
    As you can see, we continue to enhance our fairy garden offering. If you look closely, you will see the new houses, sandbox, boy fairies, new fairies, apple tree, and inside we have fairy wish dust!!
  • Some Irish Gift Ideas...
    Some Irish Gift Ideas...
    Here in the window are serving plates, angels, salt and peppers, welcome slate, mugs, and inside, there are teapots, and still more of a selection.
  • Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies!
    Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies!
    Bunnies and other denizens from the garden are here to wish you and yours a Happy Easter.