Hello Beez Kneez supporters and friends,
We’ve been working since last July, with your generous funding support, for the Beez Kneez Honey House at 3957 42nd Ave S. in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. The building was a great fit for our vision of a beekeeping community center working in partnership with onsite, urban farm to table partnership, The Honey House Farm. Owned by our friend and mentor, this historic building was a neighborhood grocery and meat market who’s tradition of providing local food we would have brought back to life, and is located in the heart of one of our favorite neighborhoods in the city, one that has welcomed us with open arms and incredible support and excitement.
To our shock and dismay, this incredible space came with an externality, an obstacle none of us could have anticipated. For legal reasons, we were forced to stop our remodel and consider the viability of our future at 3957 42nd ave S.
We love the space and have put a lot of ourselves into it, as has the new owner, and as such, we have been looking for a temporary space to meet our needs for honey extraction this year, in the hope that we could come back to 3959 in a few months when legal issues are resolved. However, there aren’t many honey houses available to rent for a few months (which means we’ll be filling a need:) What we have available are friend's honey houses, available for a few days out of the city, commercial kitchens, which are prohibitively expensive, and empty industrial spaces, which need improvements to become a functional (and legal) space to extract honey. Making these improvements is not a temporary thing- they require wall building, drain installing and three year contracts.
With this temporary option not a viable option, we’ve made the difficult decision to move the Beez Kneez Honey House to an alternative location.
There are amazing things that continue to happen at 3957. If you’ve seen it at all this summer, you know that the grounds are now amazing permiculture urban farm. The building remains a beautiful space, and with the community engagement we’ve already done together, it will serve as a hub for something exciting and wonderful, if yet unknown.
With all that said, we are pretty excited to have found a space that we can make our own in time to open in two weeks. We are sad to say goodbye to the neighborhood, but are grateful to have found a space next door, in Seward. The new location for the Beez Kneez Honey House is 2204 Minnehaha Ave S, around the corner from our host site Growing Lots urban farm and bicycle community space Spokes. It’s a pretty amazing new home, and although one that means we need to say goodbye to the history, community, and total fun of being in the heart of Longfellow, it’s a home that will allow us to build our own history and expand our community, and to start that work now. We want to have a space for all of you this year; we’ve committed to bring that to you. 2204 Minnehaha is the place we have ended up. We promise to bring the same passion and devotion to our cause as we would have at the original.
We will be opening our doors at our new location on August 19th. We look forward to seeing you all then. In the mean time, stay tuned for more updates and information concerning our new home. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
The Beez Kneez, Kristy and Erin