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Queen Bee's fashions an upscale approach on Medina Public Square

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MEDINA –– The Queen Bee’s Closet has taken over the space that formerly housed

4 Ladies and More.

While both businesses are based in the resale market, aiming to fill Medina’s consignment needs, the Queen Bee’s has a very different feel.

“I wanted to open it up. I wanted it to be more of a boutique look. I wanted to have children’s clothing,” owner Cherish Derrig said. “I thought, what better opportunity than now.”

The store, located at 101 Public Square, opened in December just before Christmas. Friday marked the official ribbon cutting.

“We couldn’t have a better weekend for a grand opening … with the volumes of people who are going to show up here in the next couple of hours,” said Mayor Dennis Hanwell, hinting at the kickoff to the three-day Medina Ice Festival. “What a great way to showcase your store here and all that you’ve worked to create.”

Derrig has been in Medina for many years and has been a photographer with her own business for 15 of them. She had decided that she wanted to do something new, so when she heard about 4 Ladies and More closing, she jumped at the opportunity.

Derrig decided to take a slightly different direction in her venture with the Queen Bee’s.

“I wanted it to be a little bit more upscale. I wanted wooden hangers. I’ve always enjoyed fashion. Kate Spade is my favorite designer,” said Derrig, gesturing to a wall behind the cash register that was full of brand new Kate Spade purses. “I will always carry new Kate Spade bags.”

The Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” has got a lot of people working to clean out and organize their homes. Derrig said she has seen the results of this in her shop.

“It has, it has already,” Derrig said. “Because of the overwhelming response that we got when we started taking drop-offs before we opened, I had to say ‘I can’t take anymore’ because I did get a lot of winter clothes. … People have come in and literally shown us pictures of their entire closets on their bed, that they’re following that show.”

For more information on Queen’s Bee Closet, call (330) 636-8706 or email queenbeesmedina@gmail.com

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at aalfano@medina-gazette.com



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