Monday, July 12, 2010

How Roost & Beehive Owner Kate Leavy Sees Salem

Last October a new retail show on Front Street arrived , and much to our shopping delight we had lots of new options for holiday shopping. That shop, Roost: Urban Country Design turned many shoppers into Roosters, inspiring owners Kate and Jamie to open a second shop, right next door.

The Beehive
will celebrate its grand opening with a party on Monday, July 19th, 5pm - 9pm. The Beehive offers the sassier side of cards and gifts. The shop is filled with laugh-out-loud items that will make you call your friends over from the across the store (it's true, I've done it). Featuring cheeky greeting cards and coffee table books to slinky dogs and squirrel underpants, The Beehive is filled with gifts you've gotta get and give.

But wait, there's more! The Beehive is not only adjacent to Roost, but the two stores are attached inside. So, there will be drinks, eats, and store(s)-wide discounts! If you won't be around on the 19th, no need to wait. The stores are both open now.

We are going to start the celebration a week early on by finding out how Roost and Beehive owner Kate Leavy sees Salem. Congrats and best wishes to Kate and Jamie on both stores.

Kate Leavy, Owner
Roost & The Beehive

Where are you from originally?
Born in Virginia, but call Portsmouth, NH home

How long have you lived in Salem?
1.5 years (we opened Roost 8 months ago)

Your Top Five:
  1. Place to Eat: Sixty2 on Wharf
  2. Place to Shop: (Other than Roost!) Two Girls Shop for clothing
  3. Special Event: The Scooper Bowl
  4. Museum or Attraction: PEM
  5. Hidden Gem: Mahi Mahi Cruises
Describe Salem in ten words or less:
Fun, friendly and quirky with a very bright future.

What is the first thing you do with guests from out of town?
Grab a drink at the Shanty

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If you want to shop, dine and explore like Kate, here are the links to all of the places she recommends:

Two Girls Shop

Sixty2 on Wharf
The Lobster Shanty

Mahi Mahi Cruises
The Scooper Bowl (On August 4, part of Salem Heritage Days)

To learn more about Roost and The Beehive, visit them online at and

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