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Q&A: New Local Giftorium Bibelot Bee Talks to Scarborough UK

Bibelot Bee

Bibelot Bee is a wonderful new Giftorium which opened in November 2015. Full of seasonal delights and gift ideas the store stocks everything from fair trade and exclusive ranges to fine china and wooden children's toys.

Taking it's name from an old French word for a small object of curiosity, Bibelot Bee is owned by Clock Handyman proprietor Jane Kemp-Buglass and is managed by Jane's daughter Natalie, who works in the shop with her assistant Scarlett.

We caught up with Jane recently and asked her if she'd like to tell our readers a little more about the new store. Here's what she said:

What was the inspiration behind setting up Bibelot Bee?

At Clock Handyman we could see how much our customer's loved their homes.  As we were able to source lots of lovely things for the home and seasonal goods we felt by opening a new store at the other end of town we could extend our range and reach.

With this expansion Clock Handyman has been able to extend into workwear, previously sold at 59 Newborough, so we felt this was a win win for shoppers as they didn't lose another old favourite.

We needed a new name for the business as we wanted it to capture what we would be selling, and be attractive to the town's visitors.  Bibleot means "trinket" or "Bauble" and Bee is essential and represents Summer.

Bibelot Bee will not only sell seasonal goods it will have a unique difference.  It will keep a range of Christmas goods all year!  For years when we go on holiday we try to find an all year Christmas shop so that we can buy a decoration.  Then every year, when we decorate our tree we remember happy times and special locations.  We hope visitors to Scarborough will be able to do the same and remember Scarborough the same way.

Tell us a little about your products and who they will appeal to.

We've got lots of new ranges including Fair Trade home wear, such as bedspreads, lanterns and mats. We've also got lovely message jewellery with Disney Couture and Love the Links.  Flamingo Candles, nearest suppliers are Newcastle & Leeds, wax melts have been very popular appealing to all age groups. We've had a young man buying for his sisters and grandmas deciding to treat themselves! Exclusive ranges in children's toys with beautiful hand crafted toys that are  gorgeous "forever" toys!

Why should shoppers pay you a visit?

It's a wonderful shopping experience.  The shopper can feel like they are browsing in someone's home, as we've used furniture to give our store personality.

What ambitions do you have for Bibelot Bee?

We hope the people of Scarborough and its visitors will love what we have to offer and see it complements other great independent in the town.  We believe adding to the mix to make Scarborough a great shopping designation which is good for the town's people.  The feedback so far has been brilliant with people loving the shop and it's quirky displays and eclectic ranges.

Why Scarborough?

We love this town!  My family moved here in 1973 as the seaside air was healthy.  Although the town has seen better days and we can't deny we have some frustration at decisions by people in power, we still firmly believe in people power.  So instead of focusing on things we can't change we hope can continue to build on what we feel is right, and that's enthusiasm of all the great independent businesses.

If you've not been for a browse yet, you can find Bebelot Bee at 59 Newborough or by visiting

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