1. Rena Mulrain

  2. Rena Mulrain, owner and master beader who formerly specialized in strung jewelry, but due to Barbara Lynch’s influence has developed a passion for seed bead work. She is an expert in style and deftly teaches others to develop their unique flair. She displays her creations in several local shops where her designs are desired by those who want to make a fashion statement. Rena is one of the original owners of The Bead Hive as well as a founding member of the Connecticut Bead Society.

Our Story

The Bead Hive began a little over 10 years ago as an outlet for the passions of four avid beaders.  The small venture found space at Bittersweet Farm - a craft village that had been a Branford landmark for many years.  This quickly became a haven for local bead seekers and somewhat of a 'club-house' where beaders could gather and trade ideas and techniques.  After about 2 years at this location, the property was sold and the Bead Hive needed to re-evaluate their position and decide the future.

The partners decided to venture out into Guilford and found the ideal location at 115 State Street.  Around the same time, various life circumstances emerged that reduced the partnership to two of the original founders.  New plans were initiated and it was determined that The Bead Hive would become noted as a source for an incomparable variety of glass beads.  This has held true as anyone browsing can readily see.  However, this by no means overshadows the array of semi-precious stones, seed beads, or findings that fill every imaginable space. 

Each partner had a specialty that is reflected in the stock that abounds in the shop. We are all very saddened by the passing of the co-owner of The Bead Hive in May 2012, Barbara Lynch. She was a generous, talented and energetic woman who was loved and admired by all who knew her.


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Joan Wenzel

Joan can be found on Thursday nights at the Bead Hive teaching the Beaders’ night sharing her knowledge and encouraging beaders to improve their skills.  She also teaches Beginning Beading classes, birthday parties, Kids’ Kamp, and private lessons for children.  Joan teaches  other private classes as well as an occasional off- loom bead weaving class. She has a special flair for whimsical creations.

Keelin Brett

Keelin Brett's art & fine jewelry background is reflected in her beautiful bead embroidery. She is so willing to teach her students this ancient technique. She brings a unique perspective to her pieces that reflect her varied background experiences and she graciously passes on her style and skill to all her students. We are fortunate to have her on our staff teaching bead weaving projects along with bead embroidered pendants, cuffs, and earrings. 

Terry McDonald

Terry is a Bead Hive employee whose teaching background has been an asset as she introduces customers to beading and helps them solve the difficulties they encounter.

Staff and Teachers

Linda Natowich

Linda uses the skills taught to her by Barbara Lynch to develop her own unique style. She is very inspired by her ocean view and nautical surroundings. Her strength is in beadweaving and she is continually developing new techniques and styles. She loves to play with color and is wonderful in helping others with their projects.

Carol Martens

Carol has been beading since she was young girl, who later joined the Bead Hive at it’s earlier Bittersweet location. She has taught beading to many groups. She is very active in the Federated Garden Club and many of her inspirations are derived from that.

With the passing of Barbara Lynch, Rena Mulrain, the remaining partner continues to operate the business with Barbara’s passion and love of beading always in mind.