Portland beekeepers Matt and Jill Reed tell a sweet story about the day Matt became fascinated with bees. A honey bee flew into their kitchen one day. Matt fed it some honey, led it to the door and watched it triumphantly fly away. A few minutes later, dozens of bees were at their door. In the garage Matt started building beehives and started blogging about the process. People started to ask if they could buy their beautifully handcrafted cedar hives. Since then, Bee Thinking has sold $1.9 million worth of beehives.
But there’s more! Not only do they sell beehives but they’ve expanded their merchandise to include raw honey, honey soap, honey lip balm, candles made of beeswax, and bee-related t-shirts, toys and books.