Sell­ing con­ve­nience

Truro woman run­ning on­line store with de­liv­ery ser­vice

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY LYNN CURWIN lynn.curwin@truro­daily.com

Belinda Mcin­tyre’s bring­ing back her fam­ily busi­ness, with a mod­ern twist.

She’s opened Busy Bee Em­po­rium, an on­line store that makes de­liv­er­ies through­out the Truro area.

“When I was grow­ing up, my par­ents had a cor­ner store, on the cor­ner of Queen and Elm streets, and I al­ways felt there was some­thing spe­cial about be­ing there and stock­ing shelves,” she said. “I saw that they liked work­ing there.

“It’s di cult to run a cor­ner store the way they did now, so I de­cided to set up an on­line store. I no­ticed there were quite a few of them out west and in the U.S.”

Af­ter sup­plies were stocked, the web­site went live Sept. 29, and Mcin­tyre and a cou­ple of fam­ily mem­bers be­gan mak­ing de­liv­er­ies.

“A lot of peo­ple want snacks late at night,” she said. “If peo­ple have a sick child and need medicine, we can bring it. If they don’t have a car, or just don’t feel like shop­ping, we can bring things to their home, o ce, ho­tel or other lo­ca­tion. Peo­ple can order things to be de­liv­ered to se­nior par­ents or to chil­dren who are stu­dents in the area.

“We’re sell­ing con­ve­nience. We have hours af­ter a lot of places have closed, and we can usu­ally have things to peo­ple within an hour, but our prices are com­pet­i­tive. I’m very care­ful about where to pur­chase, to keep prices down.”

She also has a 10-year-old son who en­joys help­ing her nd good deals.

Busy Been Em­po­rium of­fers snacks, ba­sic gro­ceries, per­sonal care prod­ucts, pet sup­plies, house­hold items, and even a few un­usual items like Star Wars gurines.

ere are also post­cards bear­ing in­spi­ra­tional mes­sages, that Mcin­tyre makes her­self.

“Men­tal health is a pas­sion, and I know how en­cour­ag­ing it can be to re­ceive a pos­i­tive mes­sage from some­one,” she said.

De­liv­er­ies can be made to Mill­brook, tax ex­empt, for those with a sta­tus card.

Busy Bee Em­po­rium makes de­liv­er­ies Wed­nes­day to Sun­day, from noon un­til 3 a.m., cov­er­ing an area of about 50 square kilo­me­tres. Or­ders can be made up to a month in ad­vance. All pay­ment is made on­line.

The reg­u­lar de­liv­ery fee is $ 6, but new cus­tomers or­der­ing more than $10 worth of prod­uct re­ceive one free de­liv­ery and three weeks with $3 de­liv­ery fees.

“Some peo­ple are sur­prised to hear what I’m do­ing be­cause I didn’t re­ally like shop­ping be­fore,” said Mcin­tyre. “It’s di er­ent with this; be­cause it’s my job, I don’t mind shop­ping.

“I want this busi­ness to be fun for ev­ery­one.”

More in­for­ma­tion on Busy Bee Em­po­rium, in­clud­ing prod­ucts and de­liv­ery ar­eas, can be found on­line at https://busy­beeem­po­rium.com/

LYNN CURWIN/TRURO NEWS

Belinda Mcin­tyre re­cently set up her own on­line busi­ness, Busy Bee Em­po­rium. Prod­ucts are or­dered, and paid for on­line, and de­liv­ered to a cus­tomer’s lo­ca­tion.

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