Buzzing around downtown Ogden

People browsing different vendors at the Beehive Bash.

The Beehive Bash returned for the second year to the Monarch Studios on 25th street in Ogden. The Monarch holds and rents studios out to different artists and creatives in the Ogden area.

The Beehive Bash activities included live music, specialty vendors, beers, ax throwing and a pie eating contest.

The turnout for this year’s bash was not as big as the last, according to Kacey Rae, event manager for the Monarch. Last year’s pie eating contest had people fighting over who got to participate, this year they had leftover pies.

Specialty vendors of all sorts showed for the event, from small businesses to locally well-known brands.

Amy LeFevre, a massage therapist of 16 years, quit to pursue her love for acrylic paints. Although it is only LeFevre’s first year of officially showcasing her work, she arrived at the bash to share her talent and sell some of her works.

LeFevre’s favorite thing about painting is the freedom, she loves being able to express herself without being told what to do.

LeFevre said her nieces and other family members inspire most of her paintings. She doesn’t paint them exactly, but the inspiration for a lot of her paintings come from her nieces and their love of dance and fun poses. Another of her inspirations comes from nature.

“When I lived in Park City, I was hiking all the time and Blue Jays would just like, follow me, and I’m like, okay, nobody up here even mentions Blue Jays. So I painted a Blue Jay, and it’s the number one seller in my prints,” LeFevre said.

Another vendor present for the Beehive Bash was Hayden Grossman, an art graduate who claims perfume is art.

Grossman makes his own perfumes in his basement, which he explains turns out to be quite the process.

“It’s prototyping, literally putting drops together of different ingredients and then letting it rest because perfume has to age. It smells different even 24 hours after you originally mix it. I tweak the formula until it reaches a state where I’m really happy with it,” Grossman said.

The Beehive Bash is Grossman’s fourth market and he claims the response has been incredible. Additionally, Grossman’s perfumes can be purchased on his website.

Another vendor was Phoebe Veltman, a spiritual sensè that teaches mindfulness. Veltman’s motto is all about spiritual and energy growth.

At the bash Veltman brought different forms of energy for customers to use for strengthening self spirituality.

While finding herself through meditation,Veltman believes there are many ways we can find our spirituality and share it with others. Some of Veltmans products include smudge earth bundles, herbs, sands, crystals, plant jewelry and vegan/vegetarian friendly products.

Smudge earth bundles are used for intentional manifesting and to cleanse energy and sands are used to uplift vibrational frequencies, according to Veltman.

“Being mindful about protecting your energy and how you are giving your energy out of the world is a big deal because it is like a ripple and it does vibrate out there,” Veltman said. “If you need to take that time to reset, take the time to reset and don’t store the energy in your body. If you’re feeling extremely angry or whatever, you got to get that out.”

KHB Writing is on-the-spot poetry by Kassie Hurtado Baker who writes poems on her typewriter for her clients to enjoy and cherish.

Her talent allows her to make perfectly unique poems for each individual she writes for. Poetry, in Baker’s eyes, doesn’t have to be complicated. Baker makes wallet sized, half sized and full sized papers for customers to take home.

Rae plans for an even bigger turnout next year when the event will be hosted directly after the Pioneer Day parade to ensure higher participation from the Ogden community.