In 2011, a group of lifetime friends reunited in the beautiful Southern city of Charleston, SC. Living on the peninsula downtown afforded them a small backyard, which became a place of respite for friends, soon to be friends, and family alike to gather and reflect on the happenings of the day. The small garden in the backyard of that first downtown house became a place of quiet reflection and continued to grow as we cultivated our interests in various backyard hobbies. Over the years, we added muscadine grapes and tomatoes, all sorts of peppers and herbs, annual and perennial flowers, until ultimately, we added two bee hives. The bee hives changed everything; from the moment of their installation, an intense passion for beekeeping and the wonderful honeybee was born.
Since that time in 2011 with the small downtown garden and apiary, the friends from that house have grown, all the time harboring and nurturing their passions. In 2017, these passions led us to a wonderful new venture: Apis Mercantile. John and Liam combined the love of gardening and herbal remedies with one of nature’s most time-tested products, honey, we created a line of artisanal honeys straight from the hive. Apis Mercantile emerged from a passion for beekeeping.
Our company name, Apis Mercantile is derived from Apis mellifera, the name of the European honey bee that produces the honey we eat, as a reminder to live positively and bee better everyday.