Jacksonville Beekeepers Launching Brick-and-Mortar Store

Feb 15, 2021

The Jacksonville-based Bee Friends Farm is expanding, with a new brick-and-mortar store opening later this month. 

The store will sell local honey, beeswax candles, and other gifts. Bee Friends Farm was founded in 2013 and is one of North America’s premium beekeepers, and 0wner Michael Leach has been a mentor for the Jacksonville Beekeepers Association since 2016. The store will also sell equipment for backyard beekeepers. 

“Our goal is to be an educational space where guests can purchase local, raw honey, hand-poured beeswax candles, beekeeping supplies, gifts, products from local makers, and more,” said marketing director Brentley Stead. 

The store will be located at 1118 Edgewood Rd. South in Murray Hill, across from Community Loaves. 

Customers can shop in person, or arrange contact-free pickup. 

Stead will be among the guests on Thursday's First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross. The show airs at 9 a.m. on WJCT News 89.9 and is also streamed on WJCT.org and in the WJCT app.