About Hive Design

Hive Design is a hub of creativity and community. We design invitations, announcements, and stationery for the important events of life; the passages. Beyond invitations, we work with our private and corporate customers to create bespoke gifts and awards to celebrate these moments in time. We open our doors for events and workshops that add greater dimension to the comb. The vision is ever evolving and drawn from a life that is richly, sometimes painfully experienced as it deepens with honeyed wisdom.

The Hive is located on the Main Avenue of revitalizing downtown Gastonia's historic district. Our textile roots are filled with stories of pioneers and renegades who have woven our colorful history. We kind of fancy ourselves as tiara sporting renegades as we stitch new threads. Pop in for a visit as every day is an adventure!


Meet Merryman

Merryman is a native Charlottean, who has joyfully found her roots in Gaston County. Merryman moved to Gastonia, NC in 1995. Her professional background includes time as the award winning Art Director of Southern Homes Magazine and as the Special Events Coordinator of the Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Merryman is amazing for so many reasons and she isn't just a "shop keep"

  • Tell her your birthday, and she will tell you your personalities biggest strengths and weaknesses because she is an Astrologer. 

  • Ask her about honey, she will blow your mind with useful bee information because she is a beekeeper.

  • Mention who your Momma and your Daddy are, Merryman might enlighten you on who your long lost cousins are, because she is a historian.

Merryman is a wanderer, often traveling the world and bringing her discoveries home to share with you in the Hive. Not just remarkable creations, but beautiful friendships, and knowledge that she shares with every beautiful soul she meets. 


Meet Marty

Director of Bridal Services and Customer Care
Marty is a native Gastonian with a Business Management degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. She has a professional background in retail, customer service, and accounting. After a year with the Hive and experiencing life while engaged, Marty’s skills in the Hive revolve around taking care of our brides as well as everyone who walks through our doors.


Meet Jim

AKA Magic Jim
Jim does it all. Sandblasting, paper making, wood working, solutions specialist galore. Handiwork in the Hive can be contributed to Jim and his ability to see the bigger picture. There isn't a project too big or too small! 

Jim's professional past included putting motorcycles back together! Which just goes to show as an example of how his mind can explore all of the smaller details in one fine piece of work.


Meet Connie

Connie White Jones, Gaston native, has brought Art's Desire to The Hive! With 35 years of framing expertise, she has been serving Gaston County and the surrounding area with grace and love. 

You have seen Connie before, first at Gaston Mall, then Hoffman Road, New Hope Road, and finally Main Avenue! We are so excited that Connie has joined our team. The marriage of the framing shop with our gift shop at The Hive is precious, indeed. 

Connie Jones, previously Art’s Desire, is brining her framing talents to The Hive! The framing that Gaston County has loved and followed from Gaston Mall, Hoffman Road, New Hope Road, and finally Main Avenue!

We can also build custom frames with one of a kind detailing. Perfect for that unique shape that you just haven’t been able to frame before.