Location: Aldergrove, BC
We specialized in commercial raspberry pollination, and moved our hives into the mountains each summer for fireweed honey. We sold our honey at retail locations throughout the lower mainland, and at the Granville Island Public Market for 18 years.
In 1984 my Mother Veronica was visiting from England, and suggested that we might turn our surplus beeswax into Furniture Polish. That got me started with my first efforts at formulation work, and we launched our first product, “Clapham’s Beeswax Furniture Polish” at the Seattle Gift Show in July 1986, where we received 12 orders from stores in Washington and Oregon.
But times move on, and so have we. We moved to Salt Spring Island where we are a bigger company and expanding. Most of our business over the years has been with other small businesses, many of them very small like ourselves. Such businesses are the foundation blocks of the economy in every nation on earth, and we welcome orders from individual people and “Mom and Pops”.
We have sold our Beeswax Hand Cream through “Richard Starkie and Associates” near Leicester in England for 15 years; we ship monthly from Vancouver to Birmingham. Richard and his wife sell retail at all the big fairs and shows in the UK, which reminds us of our own origins. It’s a rich mix of very hard work and interesting people.