Beehive Boutique and Spa OPEN FOR BUSINESS!! September 14, 2020 15:00

Beehive Boutique and Spa is excited to re-open!!

Massages, Nails, and Facials can be scheduled by calling us at 970.533.9769.

Our check-in, appointment, and cleaning routines have been ramped up for COVID-19, to keep our staff and YOU, our clients, as safe as possible.

Beehive Staying "Safer at Home" April 24, 2020 13:05

Beehive Boutique and SpaWith the recent lifting of the Colorado "Stay at Home" Executive Order, the risk of spread of COVID-19 is unknown at this time. Christina Lawrence, owner of the Beehive, is taking a conservative approach on the re-opening schedule of Beehive.

While the boutique and spa will remain temporarily closed, Christina and contractual staff are taking webinars to keep updated on proper sanitizing protocols for spas and retail boutiques.

We know you all want your Beehive items, though!! Call us with your order at 970.533.9769 and leave a voicemail, or visit our website at

We will let you know soon of our new re-opening schedule! Stay Safer at Home and Bee Well <3 

Online Webinar: Finding Your Calm: Staying Grounded & Healthy April 23, 2020 10:42

Beehive Wellness Talks - Online Webinar: Finding Your Calm: Staying Grounded & Healthy


 Join us for our May #BeehiveWellnessTalks - ONLINE!! 

Beehive Boutique and Spa, host of #BeehiveWellnessTalks, is proud to announce our FIRST FREE ONLINE WEBINAR - Finding Your Calm: Staying Grounded and Healthy in Challenging Times.

In this talk, Ashley Grandkoski, L.Ac., LMT, will explore both why and how it is so important to maintain balance in body, mind and emotions. We will talk about some key reasons why staying calm and grounded is important right now in particular, and discuss specific strategies to help you do so.

In addition to lifestyle suggestions, we will also briefly cover herbal and dietary recommendations specific to what is happening in the world at this time.

Our intent is to offer a variety of tools and strategies to empower you to shift into a place of empowerment, optimism and greater joy.

Finding Your Calm: Staying Grounded and Healthy in Challenging Times
Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Online - Zoom

This is an online webinar, hosted on Zoom. To join the meeting, please copy/paste this link into your web browser:

Ashley Grandkoski, L.Ac., LMT is and acupuncturist, energy worker, massage therapist and herbalist who lives and works in Mancos and surrounding areas. She is passionate about health, natural living, food, cooking and community. In her practice, she seeks to improve not only people’s health, but also their overall experience of life, working to create health and balance in body, mind, emotions and spirit.


Pandemic Skin Care Tips from Reneata April 19, 2020 11:12

Due to COVID-19 and related travel restrictions, Reneata is unable to travel to Mancos to provide her incredible esthetician services. She did contact us here at Beehive Boutique and Spa so that she could share some thoughts and advice with all of us.

Just like eating as healthy as we can, it is still important to take care of our skin. It is our largest body organ and acts as a barrier - our primary defense against the environment

In this video, she travels "through the cloud" and supports us with healthy skincare tips.

Virtual Skin Care Tips ~ Reneata All the Way from Florida


Reneata showcases different products and DIY skin care routines that make it simple to care for your skin daily. 

Basic Skin Care Routine

  • Cleanse
  • Exfoliate
  • Moisturize
  • Sun Protection

Featured Products on Beehive's Online Shop:

Cleanse:  Eminence Daily Resurfacing Cleanser 

Exfoliate: Eminence Stone Crop Oxygenating Fizzofoliant™  (coming soon!)
Moisturize:  Ren Evercalm™ Global Protection Day Cream (coming soon!) 

If super dry, use Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Day Cream

If oily or prone to breakouts, use Jurlique Calendula Cream

Sunscreen:   Eminence Organics Lilikoi Mineral Defense Sport Sunscreen SPF30
Eminence Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 32

During these challenging times, many of us are on a tight budget. You can still take care of your skin using products found in your home!

Do-It-Yourself Skin Care

DIY - Make an exfoliant out of baking soda
DIY - Exfoliate & Cleanse - Natural Raw Honey - apply & use as a mini-masque.

Thank You, Reneata!

We loved having Reneata here with us, even if it is through a 'virtual video'... Please let us know in the comments if you have any questions for her or Beehive Boutique & Spa!!




DIY Hand Sanitizer You Can Make at Home April 14, 2020 13:09

These days, we are all thinking a lot about staying healthy. Mostly staying home, eating well, exercising, and cleaning! But, there are some days that we need to enter the "real world" - which now begins the moment we step out our front doors. We wear masks and gloves when we go out. We use disinfectant wipes. We wash our hands constantly! That can be challenging at times when we are not close to a sink.

Hand sanitizer to the rescue! But, with many stores being out of daily essentials, including hand sanitizer, we need to find alternatives to help us stay virus-free. Luckily, using ingredients you may already keep at home, we can make our own hand sanitizer!

Beehive DIY Homemade Hand Sanitizer IngredientsAlcohol-based Hand Rub with 91% Rubbing Alcohol

(74% alcohol content)


  • 6.5 fl oz 91% isopropyl alcohol
  • 3 tbsp (1.5 fl oz) thick aloe (Aloe vera) gel
  • 20-40 total drops essential oil(s) of choice (optional) – lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), peppermint (Mentha x piperita), tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) are good to try out.

  • Directions: Combine thick aloe gel and essential oils (if using) in a glass pint jar; cover and shake well. Add isopropyl alcohol and cover and shake well
    Label and store out of reach of small children.

    For Use: Store into smaller containers, ie. labeled small glass dropper bottles. Before pouring into your container, shake well. Before each use, shake well to make sure ingredients are mixed. Squirt onto hands, rubbing in thoroughly so the sanitizer covers all areas of the hand.

    Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions.



    Of course, nothing takes the place of soap and hot water for 20 or more seconds. While you are on-the-go, it may be more difficult to find a sink. Make sure to keep the small bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse or even a pocket, and use while at public places.

    Beehive Boutique carries Young Living Essential Oils - give us a call at 970.533.9769 to order yours today! Locally, you can find Aloe Vera Gel at Zuma Natural Foods, and Isopropyl Alcohol at Family Dollar (both on Hwy 160). 

    Recipes: Beehive Wellness Shots April 2, 2020 11:50

    In this time of quarantine and global pandemic, the world outside is chaotic and  uncertain. Most of us are in our homes, and only going out for necessary items. It is a stressful time, both for the world and for us as individuals.

    One thing is certain - we are all thinking a lot about health. While we cannot magically help the health of the world's population, we can work on improving our own health and immunity. Beehive Boutique and Spa would like to share some recipes from our recent #BeehiveWellnessTalks, "Wellness Shots for Body & Mind".

    Beehive Wellness Shots

     Like fancy juices or supplements, health-boosting power shots deliver a quick dose of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals — but in a more concentrated dose.

    Best taken within ½ hour of making, you can prepare these wellness shots in a juicer ahead of time, and store them in a pitcher in the fridge. So all you need to do for a quick boost is take a quick shot. Think of these mini elixirs as a multivitamin of sorts (just remember, they’re not meant to be a meal replacement).

    Wellness shots complement a well-rounded and balanced diet, rather than make up for a severely skewed diet. Mix up a batch for gut health, an energy boost or a hit of immunity. Who knew that shooting one back would be so good for you?

    Pineapple Turmeric - Gut Shot

    Sweet, spicy, and everything anti-inflammatory.. Blending together bromelain-rich pineapple, lemon, ginger, turmeric, and a kick of cayenne, this wellness shot works to reduce inflammation and bloating, support digestion and detoxification, and strengthen your immune system. It’s the perfect post-workout remedy, and the detox solution for your cold, flu, and hangover woes.

    Apple Cider Vinegar - A 2007 study found that a daily dose of at least 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar could lower the blood sugar of people with diabetes. And according to a 2009 study, downing a little vinegar each day may help with weight loss and lower triglyceride levels.

    Ginger - Good for pain, anti-nausea and warming effects. The component Zingerone in Ginger is good for cold or flu. Also shown that phytochemical in ginger kills cancer cells.

    Pineapple - Pineapples contain a group of digestive enzymes called bromelain; these enzymes are proteases, which break down protein into its building blocks, including amino acids. This aids the digestion and absorption of proteins.

    Turmeric - Contains compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. It can be difficult for your body to absorb on its own; mixing turmeric with black pepper (which contains piperine) enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2,000%. Curcumin is also fat soluble, and an oil, such as olive oil, can also aid in absorption.

    Beehive Wellness Shots


    • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
    • Ginger Root, 2-inches - grated
    • ½ cup Pineapple, juice - or fresh/frozen, chopped
    • ½ cup Water
    • Turmeric Root, ½ inch - grated
    • Black Pepper
    • Optional: dash of Olive Oil

    BLENDER/BULLET/FOOD PROCESSOR: Add turmeric and ginger to a high-speed blender or small blender. Then add the pineapple, ACV, water, black pepper, and (optional) olive oil. Blend on high for 30 seconds. You can drink as is, or strain.


    The Flu ‘Shot’

    Ingredients to strengthen your immune system and keep the flu away...

    Garlic - Great for H-Pylori and MRSA bacteria. High in sulfur and when cut releases its' phytochemicals. Those Polysulfides evaporate within hours of cutting it. Helps improve blood flow and lowers blood pressure.

    Ginger - Good for pain, anti-nausea and warming effects. The component Zingerone in Ginger is good for cold or flu. Also shown that phytochemical in ginger kill cancer cells.

    Lemon - For immunity, killing microbes and kidney stones. Helps prevent uric acid build up causing gout and kidney stones.

    Honey - Especially Manuka honey has a high concentration of Methylglyoxal which the super bugs have no resistance to. This is the medicine of the future according to Jeff Primack. It is a great preventative care if you are surrounded by a lot of germs. It removes sore throats in record time.

    Cayenne Pepper - Has a variety of antioxidants, is warming and helps reduce mucus & inflammation in your body. The warming action helps the body’s immune system.

    Beehive Wellness Shots

    Recipe (for about 1-2 ounce shot) - You can either use the Bullet or a 3 horse-power blender:


    • 1-2 cloves garlic
    • ½ inch slice of ginger
    • ½ lemon with the white part (when you peel it leave the white part)
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • a pinch of cayenne pepper

    Blend to a pulp and drink it all down. (don’t sip it. You’ll have a hard time drinking it that way)

    Hangover Shots

    Hangover from 'Quarantine Day Drinking'? Too much indulgent food? Whatever you need a jump start from, this cleansing juice will help the cleansing process. Packed with good things and flavorful too, drinking one of these shots with a lot of water should start cleansing your body of toxins.

    Carrots - anti inflammatory, reduces congestion

    Beets - helps cleanse the liver

    Cucumbers - high in electrolytes, vitamin B, and potassium – all great things to lessen your hangover symptoms

    Apples - immune boosting … and they bring sweetness

    Ginger - detoxifying, anti inflammatory, and antioxidant rich

    Lemons - high in vitamin C, liver cleansers


    • Beet juice
    • 1 Carrot
    • 1 Cucumber
    • 1 Apple,cored
    • 1/2 to 1 inch Fresh Ginger
    • 1 Lemon, peeled
    Blend to a pulp and drink it all down.

     Beehive Wellness Shots

    Other Notes

    • Add a little water if shots have trouble blending, but you shouldn’t need any.
    • You can drink the shot as is, or strain through a clean thin dish towel, small fine mesh strainer, or nut milk bag.
    • Be aware that turmeric can stain.
    • Storing the Shot Mixture: Store any leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 24 hours (though best when fresh).
    • Leftover Pulp: You can compost any leftover pulp or freeze into an ice cube tray and add to future smoothies.

    All of these ingredients can be found at our local Mancos stores: Zuma Natural Foods or P & D Grocery (or your local grocery if you're not from Mancos!), so next time you head out, add these ingredients to your shopping list for a Wellness Boost!

    Do you have any wellness shot recipes? Or other things you are making to boost your immunity in this time of world crisis? Please post in the comments below and share with the rest of our readers. Stay Safe & BEE Well!!

    Beehive Wellness Shots

     Remember, The Beehive Loves You!! 

    Beehive is Temporarily Closed - CO Public Health Order 20 - 22 (COVID-19) March 19, 2020 00:00

    During the Global COVID-19 Pandemic, all Spas have been closed by order of the Governor of Colorado. Social Distancing in our line of work is impossible!

    Governor Polis implemented "emergency measures to close down all bars,
    restaurants, theaters, gymnasiums, casinos, nonessential personal services facilities and racetrack and off-track pari-mutuel wagering facilities, and gymnasiums. in Colorado in an effort to protect and preserve the public health." 

    At this point, Beehive Boutique and Spa is scheduled to re-open on May 1. You can read the Polis mandated order here, for more information.

    We are still taking orders on our website, and can fulfill these orders via mail or local Mancos delivery.

    Please be safe and stay healthy!!

    --The Beehive Boutique and Spa, Management

    Let's Flatten the Curve! Re: COVID-19 March 16, 2020 11:31

    Beehive Boutique - Let's Flatten the Curve!Beehive Day Spa Services will continue as scheduled; the Boutique portion is closed until the end of the month. We will re-evaluate at that time.

    If you need something from the Boutique, have no fear, please leave us a voicemail at 970.533.9769, and we can arrange a meeting or delivery to get you your items!!

    TO BE RESCHEDULED: Explore your Energy & Open your Intuition ~ #BeehiveWellnessTalks ~ April 2020 March 9, 2020 15:49

    Intuition exists in all of us, whether we acknowledge it or not. The more we can learn about it, the more we can use it as a guiding force to make better decisions, have better relationships, open creativity, and improve health and well being.

    Beehive Positions of Power Series: Introducing Steph Carton, The Eli Monster March 5, 2020 11:34

    As part of the journey to our 15th Anniversary in 2021, the Beehive Boutique and Spa is recognizing women business owners and those that hold other positions of power and influence in Mancos.

    Our mission is, in part, all about celebrating WOMEN - and our lives and businesses in the wonderful Mancos community. This month, we are honored to introduce Steph Carton, owner of an online business, a wife & mother, and girl scout troop leader.

    Beehive BPOP Steph Carton The Eli MonsterSteph Carton is the owner and the genius behind The Eli Monster, a downloadable sewing patterns company. The Eli Monster’s patterns break down intimidating techniques into smaller steps to walk even absolute beginners through each pattern. The Eli Monster combines the look of vintage with modern, time saving techniques.

     What brought you to Mancos?

    My husband's job required us to relocate every few years and two years ago, it brought us to the Durango area. Our realtor wanted to only show us houses in Durango and Bayfield but we stayed in a yurt in the Mancos State Park while we were house hunting and wandered in to town one morning. We loved the community feel of Mancos and fell in love with the house we ultimately ended up buying. It's a great community to raise children in; they can have the same freedom that we did growing up. And the fact that it's a Creative District definitely lured me to this town. Being surrounded by artists is awesome!

    How do you like to spend your free time?
    I bought an older Jeep (we named it George Splashington) that seems to enjoy bumbling around the mountains with us. It seems like we try to find the highest elevation to have a picnic (12,640 as of last fall). We also are suckers for National Parks and Monuments and I'll drag the kids on hikes around any park that is nearby. If I have free time alone, I will totally watch horrible TV and eat all the snacks though.

    When have you been most satisfied in your life?
    Hmmm. I think there are different types of situations that could be the answer to this. We spent a summer in Huntsville AL in an empty apartment and had the time of our lives. We were a bike ride away from both a Target and a library so we were good to go. That was an extremely satisfying summer and we were able to see a lot of things that we never thought of doing (4th of July fireworks in New Orleans, for example). On another hand, I used to run a picture framing shop and it was DEEPLY satisfying to design and build these frames for various museums and clients and know that my work was going to be enjoyed for decades. Yet, in a totally different way, making that perfect grilled cheese sandwich is extremely satisfying. Never underestimate the power of the perfect grilled cheese.

    What is the best book you’ve read in the last year?
    I read "Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)" by Jeff Tweedy over the summer. It is highly enjoyable if you're from Southern Illinois and also a Wilco fan (which I am both). It might not have been the best book, per se, but his vernacular is so very similar to mine so it was like talking to a lifelong friend instead of reading about some random famous guy's life.

    Do you keep a journal or sketchbook?

    I keep what started out as a sketchbook but ended up as more of a list of To Do lists. I live in a world of bullet point lists and check boxes.  

    When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    I wanted to own a dance studio. I always knew I could never work for anyone; that I always had to own my own business. The dance studio became a photography studio in high school and college and ultimately turned into a design studio after college. I knew I just needed to create. And not have a boss. I never did well with people telling me things.

    What have been your greatest sources of joy?
    My kids. Even on the days where I want to run away and join the circus. And creating. It's a pretty kick ass feeling when you've made something with your own hands.

    Where did your creative spark begin - can you trace the path/timeline that got you to where you are today?
    I've always been making things. I cannot remember a time when I wasn't making little costumes for myself or my dolls or hand sewing tiny blankets, etc. I was helping my mom make things to sell at craft shows my entire life.

    Why does sewing and making patterns interest you and how did you get started?
    I had my great grandmother's sewing basket when I was a child. I'd always pull from it and make little outfits for my Cabbage Patch dolls.

    How have you grown your business/organization from an idea to where it is now?
    When my oldest was born, we were fresh out of college and had NO money so I decided to cloth diaper. I took my birthday money (because who's grandma doesn't still send birthday checks to their 20-something grandkids, right?) and bought enough fabric for our own needs plus a bit more. Etsy was brand new at the time so I quickly made a shop and forgot about it. But I got a sale notification the following week. And another one a few days after that. I made cloth diapers for about 8 years and grew sick of being chained to the sewing machine in our basement 6.5 days a week because my assistants and I could not keep up with the orders which, by then, came from our main website and less from Etsy.

    The Eil Monster - Vlineraas BlouseMy husband was offered a fellowship at NASA one summer so we all packed up and went with him; it was perfect timing to stop sewing actual items and start digitizing all the patterns I had developed and sold the actual patterns. Work smarter, not harder, right? Selling the pattern and tutorials helped satisfy that need to problem solve and actually create new things and ideas instead of just being a one-woman sweatshop. This past year, I participated in the SCAPE program which helped create a better foundation for the actual business side of the business. Now I am officially a CEO which is pretty cool to say.

    Tell me a story behind an interesting item you sell.
    All of [The Eli Monster's] patterns are named with Dutch words. They sound fun and exotic but if you translate them, they are very boring. "The Driehoek Dress" just becomes "The Triangle Dress" because it has some triangle cutouts. Or "The Vlinderaas Blouse" becomes "The Bow Blouse."

    What would you say to someone considering pursuing a career in your line of work?
    It is a labor of love. I chose this particular business because I needed to be mobile while building a career. We've settled in a bit more nowadays and moving is not in our immediate future but it's also nice to continue to work while you're roaming. I can be on vacation and spend a few minutes each morning taking care of administrative stuff and keep my shop open instead of shutting everything down every time we leave town.

    Could you describe your workspace or part of your creative/work process?
    I have a lovely sewing room that's always a work in progress. My commute is a pleasant 10 second walk from the main part of the house to the commercial addition. It's light and sun-filled and always has music (or bad television) playing. It's also where our Girl Scout Troop is storing cookies right now. And where the kids have their own desk to draw at. And where all our bicycles live. And where home renovation projects get stored. It's a busy, busy room.

    Beehive BPOP The Eli Monster workspacePinterest really evolved the way I work. Instead of sketching a million details, I now make digital mood boards on Pinterest that I can organize by project. There is definitely a reason why I majored in cinema and photography in college; I can't draw my way out of a paper bag and Pinterest has (for the most part) been a life saver. I can add pins and notes like, "remember the way this seam is angled against the armscye" and that helps me more than my chicken scratch sketches.

    I flat draft my patterns, meaning I make the shapes on flat planes and then assemble them instead of draping fabric on a dress form and then unassembling the 3D draped fabric. Once I have the basic shapes, I will grade my sample into all the sizes needed in my software and start writing the instructions. Then I make the illustrations or photographs to accompany the instructions and package it all together into a file. Then it's off to my testers who will make their own prototypes and find all the silly mistakes I made (it's a very humbling process). What comes out of it is a finished pattern that's ready to sell on my own website and a few other online sewing stores.

    How does living and working in Mancos influence the way you run your business/provide your service?
    Mancos makes me plan ahead. It's not like in a city with all those handy resources. No place in Montezuma or La Plata county even sells specialty garment sewing supplies. I have to order online. Thank goodness for fast internet. That was a requirement. You can't operate an online business with slow internet.

    Mancos is also right in between desert and mountain. The best part of making the whole pattern is photographing it at the end. I used to do a lot of environmental portraiture and it's AMAZING to have all these different backgrounds at my fingertips. One dress might pop against a dark green backdrop so up a forest road to some pine trees, it is. A jacket might scream to be photographed against some rocks so we're loading up the Jeep and heading West into Utah for the morning.

    How can people connect with your business?

    What can you offer to enrich our community?
    Since I work from home, I can get into the habit of burrowing down and not leaving the house for days at a time. To combat this, I volunteered to be a troop leader for my daughter's Girl Scout troop. I think that is harder than any regular job I've ever had.

    What life knowledge would you like to share with other women?
    If the job needs to be done, roll up your sleeves and get to it. You've got this.

    What is your favorite thing about the Beehive?
    I love all the events! For such a small town, Mancos has a lot going on and Beehive is definitely an active part of that.

    Beehive BPOP Steph Carton The Eli Monster Collage


    Beehive - Positions of Power Series (aka B*POP) February 23, 2020 00:00

    The Beehive Boutique and Spa is gearing up to celebrate our 15th Anniversary next year in 2021!

    As part of this journey, we are celebrating women business owners and those that hold other positions of power and influence in Mancos.

    The "Beehive Positions of Power" (aka B*POP) series will be featured here on our website blog, as well as other social media channels. In December 2020, we will publish a 2021 15th Anniversary Calendar, which will be for sale at the Boutique. Proceeds of the calendar will be donated to a local charity.

    The Beehive Boutique and Spa’s mission is, in part, all about celebrating WOMEN - and our lives and businesses here in Mancos. We would be honored to have you join us throughout this year as we focus on the women of Mancos.

    Beehive Positions of Power Collage

    Wellness Shots for Body & Mind - #Beehive Wellness Talks - March 2020 February 18, 2020 00:00

    Wellness Shots Beehive Wellness Talks Mar 2020