Petra Geiger had grown weary of lugging her handmade handbags to neighborhood festivals and seasonal markets. So she came up with a clever alternative. Rather than peddle her wares at a location that exists only for a few days, why not establish a permanent venue for the most talented of Atlanta’s artisans? Modeling her concept on the individual booths that comprise the typical antique mall, Geiger opened BEEHIVE CO-OP in 2004. The store stocks distinctive and high-quality clothing, accessories and housewares — all from the workshops of Atlanta designers. Competition can be fierce among those seeking inclusion in the sleek Buckhead space, which is more reminiscent of an art gallery than an antique mart. And shopping at Beehive is a pleasant — and conscientious — alternative to trolling the mall. Buying locally has never been so easy.