A popular novel inspired one local woman to launch a small, family-run business that’s on a mission to save the bees. Keep reading to learn more about this new shop that’s all a-buzz in Over-the-Rhine.
The novel “The Secret Life of Bees” was a life-changing book for Sam Gordon back in 2005. In fact, it inspired her to launch a small family business dedicated to caring for bee hives and educating others on the ways we can all help the bees called Bee Haven.
“The novel made beekeeping sound almost mystical and I decided I wanted to give it a try,” she says. “My mother and I started two hives in my parent’s back field in New Richmond where I grew up.”
Although the two didn’t know a whole lot of anything when it came to caring for the bees, they figured it out quickly as their number of hives went from 2 to 10 and quickly up to as many as 40.
Today, Gordon and her husband Sam take care of the bees together and run the business, which offers jams, creamed honey, beeswax candles, lip balms, and hand salves.
Most recently, the couple and Bee Haven opened up a storefront on Elm Street, after being located in one of the roll up doors at Findlay Market since 2008.
“After 11 years in that location it was obvious we needed a little more room,” says Gordon. “We were still making everything at home. I was spending way too much time in the basement making candles and lanterns.”
Now that they’re at the Elm Street location, Gordon has the space she needs to sell all of the products Bee Haven offers as well as a place to produce them.
“We carry everything we did at our Findlay Market stall,” she says. “But at our Elm Street store, you will find honey, local and honey from other regions as well, and other gifts from the hive.”
With a bigger location, Gordon is hoping that she will be able to offer her customers more than the gifts and bee-related items in her store. “In the new year we’re hoping to have candle making classes and beekeeping education sessions,” she adds.
Bee Haven is located at 1815 Elm Street in Cincinnati. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.