Honeycomb Kitchen Shop is a locally owned retail store and e-commerce site started by two longtime friends, Melissa Turpin and Dana Smith. Our shop specializes in high quality cooking tools, utensils, cookware, and other carefully curated kitchen supplies. Honeycomb Kitchen Shop carries many local and regional products as well. By collaborating with local culinary talent, we offer classes and events to educate and inspire home cooking.
Melissa Turpin is originally from Des Arc, Arkansas, and attended the University of Central Arkansas where she graduated with a degree in Public Relations. She moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2008. Before opening Honeycomb Kitchen Shop, Melissa worked for two large corporations and specialized in national account management, supply chain, and logistics. She is married to her wonderful husband, Chase, and they have one son (John), two rescue dogs (Maggie and Hugo) and one cat (Sage) that keep the family constantly entertained! Melissa is from a family of foodies who have always enjoyed cooking, trying new foods, and just eating in general. She enjoys traveling, going to concerts, and crafting (although crafting is a recent development and sometimes tests her patience).
Dana Smith grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania, but relocated to very rural Bee Branch, Arkansas, with her family during high school. She also attended University of Central Arkansas (where she and Melissa became fast friends and sorority sisters!) where she earned a degree in Environmental Science. After college, she and her husband Scott relocated to Virginia for several years where she attended University of Virginia and received her Master's Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning with an emphasis on food systems. Dana spent over ten years working in education, most recently as the Environmental Education Specialist for Fayetteville Public Schools, before recently committing full time to Honeycomb Kitchen Shop. When she isn't at the shop, Dana loves to spend time in her garden, out on the trail, or hanging with her backyard chickens and dog, Charlie.
HKS Class Coordinator
Haley O’Brien grew up in Trumbull, CT and moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2004. She moved away to Kansas City and studied liberal arts and entrepreneurship while working in the craft beer industry. Collectively, she has worked in the food and beverage industry for over a decade. In 2017, she attended Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food, which shifted her focus from the beverage to culinary. She focuses on clean eating, cooking with whole vegetables and sourcing from small, local farms. During recent years, she has put on special events, cooking classes and provided personal chef services in Northwest Arkansas, while partnering with local non-profits and small businesses. In her spare time, Haley loves to spend time with her partner (Will), her friends, family and her circus of pets (three cats and two dogs). She enjoys doing puzzles, going out into nature, exploring new flavor combinations, and engaging in other mediums of art. She aims to reach an array of people throughout the community and inspire them through healthy foods, culinary art and thoughtful flavor pairings.