Sweet Shopping at The Bee's Knees

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The Bee's Knees is less than a month old, but it's already beginning to bloom.

The shop's owned and operated by Julia and Steven Helffrich, and includes handpicked clothing, shoes, accessories, house wares and artwork. The building, on 16th and Cypress streets in Phoenix, hosts several small rooms that are currently art galleries and offices, as well as a courtyard full of paintings and sculptures.

We recently visited the shop to see what all the buzz was about. Check out what we'd take, what we'd leave and why we'd go back after the jump...

Things we're taking home:

1. Sock Monsters by Nina & Grapey
We've never seen monsters look so cute. Gift these monsters for a not-so-scary price of $20.

2. Scarves
It's the time of the season and scarves are seriously versatile accessories. Get wrapped up in these $5 scarves.
3. "Hammered" jewelry by Steven
One-of-a-kind bracelets, necklaces and earrings made by the owner. Prices range from $5 to $10.
4. "Almost perfect" French finger bowls
Keep your fingers clean with these cream-colored bowls for $15.
5. Cartoon glasses
These cartoon glasses make us nostalgic. Visit past delights for $12.

Things on our wish list:

1. Book cover purses
Yep, they're even real books. The absolutely adorable purses made from book covers are what bookworms and fashionistas can finally agree upon. Carry yourself well with these $30 purses.

2. "Fishing for Words" painting
This $400 painting is made from modeling paste, black lava and acrylic paint contains rust and wood found in Jerome. Measurements: 3-by-3-feet.
3. Ceramic Tile Art by Maritza Tafur
Stunning Mexican iconography and religious art on ceramic tiles. Perfect for home décor. Prices range from $15-$75.
4. Restaurant ware
Dine out while you dine in? The bill for this set of restaurant ware is $40. Individual pieces are $1 or $2.

We'll pass on...
"Montana" beaded belts. We love Montana, but not enough to wear a five-dollar "Montana" belt.

One reason to go back...

The Bee's Knees is more than secondhand clothing store. The spot also functions as a gallery for local artists.

Julia and Steven have plans to host community events at the shop and expand their merchandise. That means more furniture, clothing and artwork. Oh, and they have $15 jeans. How can you resist?

The Bee's Knees is located on the corner of 16th and Cypress Streets at 2222 N. 16th Street. Visit the store Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 602-254-1641.

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