I know, I know – I’m really awful at keeping this blog updated, aren’t I? But in my defence – and I like to think that it’s a really good excuse – we’ve been awfully busy here at Bean & Boy.

Many, many moons ago I happened upon a gorgeous little flower shop in westcliff @margaretraymondflorist on Hamlet Court Road. I fell in love straight away. Terrazzo tiles, old wooden work benches, colour pops everywhere – and a veritable treasure trove of goodies tucked into every corner. Every time I visited, I left with plants I didn’t know I needed until I saw them in person. I was hooked. And you know what would make a place like that even better? SOAP.

So I wished upon a star. I shared my little daydream with my husband, my best friends, and my amazing mother-in-law who has been working with me to make beautiful bubbly soaps. This little shop stole a tiny piece of all of our hearts… And when it came up for sale a little while ago – well. Kismet. So we all got together and decided “why the heck not?!” We jumped in with both feet and arms flailing wildly. Because what the heck do we know about running a flower shop?! But with amazing friends, buckets of positivity and great training (and a talented florist as well) – well, it’s amazing what you can accomplish.

So that’s what we’ve been doing, folks. We started on this new journey two weeks ago. Slowly, the soaps will trickle in and we’ll start stocking them on the shelves. Workshops will happen every month, maybe more frequently if we need to add extra dates. We will even share some of our favourite makers with you in tiny pop ups and events. Flowers, soaps, plants, herbs, bath goodies, gifts, treats – and so much, much more. Join us on this exciting new adventure as we slowly refit and restock the shop and uncover its hidden gems. Who knows what we’ll find at the back of cupboards and behind monstera leaves?

Thank you all for being a part of our adventure – you’re as much a part of this as we are. Come and say hi the next time you’re in the area.