Can you bee-lieve it’s almost March? This year is flying by. I feel like I am finally adjusting to being a family of four and working full time. The days can be long but the years are short. Adelyn is almost 4 months old and Eden is a little over 3.5. These girls make my drive that much harder. I am thankful that I have a family business that uplifts me as a mother and part of the team. On the long tiring days of entrepreneurship, I look at my girls and think because I was part of Blue Haven Bee, I was able to help raise them. I have had to sacrifice a lot, but time with my girls wasn’t one of them.
During this adjusting time, we have been working on growing the meadery and honey company. We have had some hiccups, but overall things are going really well. We have a HUGE mead bottle order that is FINALLY being delivered this week so we can bottle NEW mead. This bottle order has been on hold since November. Covid has made getting supplies much harder and with large orders rolling in, we have been on pins and needles trying to stay patient!
Our distributor, Savannah Distributing has issued three purchase orders with another on the way in just shy of four months. We have shipped out over 260 cases of mead just to them. WOW! What an honor and ride. We are now gearing up for another purchase order and forecasting how much mead to put in production to keep up with demand. We have upped our production because mead takes time to age before we can put it in the bottle! We should have our South Carolina license VERY soon and have big plans on expanding.
It’s pretty cool to think how fast we are growing but also how long it took to establish this. I think so many small businesses fail due to not being able to handle the hardships and the time it takes to build a brand/business. We started in a warehouse in a sleepy little Georgia town of less than 800 people. We thought it would be just for manufacturing, but man were we surprised! If you want to full history on our location click the link for more information. https://www.bluehavenbee.com/blog/6484/why-canon-ga
This year has been different than any other year in business. Usually this time of year and the dead of summer are the slowest times of the year. This year we have hit capacity every weekend and stayed steady busy throughout each week. We have limited our hours to Thursday-Saturday, but have plans on opening on Sunday afternoons. Stay tuned…
Since we have been so busy in store, we are going to push on with bathroom renovations and this spring we are doing some landscaping. Queen Bee Karen has so really cool ideas to continue to make our facility one to keep coming back. We have done so many remodels, but keep outgrowing our space and offerings. It’s the best problem to have for sure.
We will be bottling this week our new vintages of Hibiscus Mead and Cherry, Berry, Ginger Mead. These have been our two biggest sellers with Black Currant and Peach not far behind. Did you know we bottle everything by hand? Every bottle is labeled, then filled, corked and dipped in wax. I’m not going to lie, it’s my least favorite job, but it is rewarding seeing the thousands of cases ready to sell and it’s my job to sell it. So, come see us and taste our new vintages this week. We will be serving cheese platters Saturday with a special surprise cheese that you will LOVE!
As you know, I try to always keep this platform “real.” It’s not always rainbows and sunshine. My grandfather always told me, “the higher up the ladder you go the more your behind will show.” As we grow, new obstacles arise but I will strive to stay honest in all dealings. Life is about adapting and not giving up. Cheers to another great month!
We have many exciting things happening, thank you for supporting us and staying “in the know.”