Bee Hive offers an array of boutique items

Cindy Sheets (left) and her daughter Sadye Sheets display some of the items available at their newly-opened shop, The Bee Hive, at 5386W-200S, Huntington. Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Bee Hive is filled with honey, beeswax candles and other bee-related items - but the buzz at the newly-opened shop is about more than the bees.

"I'm trying to feature local artisans," says Cindy Sheets, owner of The Bee Hive at 5386W-200S, Huntington.

Sheets, who has been in the honeybee business since 1991 and was a partner in the former Majenica Creek Honey Farms, previously offered a few honeybee-related items in a small shop at the same location.

Now, the shop is a stand-alone business that has greatly expanded in both size and merchandise.

Shelves are filled with maple syrup made in Auburn by Sheets' friend; woven bowls, cloth purses and aprons made by her neighbor, Cathy Hacker; and bee jewelry and scarves handcrafted by her daughter, Sadye Sheets.

There's also handmade cards from Renee Eisenhauer; pottery made by a Fort Wayne woman; and noodles from an Amish friend in Shipshewanna.

Among the other offerings are cast iron items made by Josh Clark of Raccoon Forge.

Fresh and frozen baked goods, including a honey sugar cream pie, come from Glenda Giggy, of Elizabeth's Tea Room, with gluten-free products from Good Grains, in Roanoke.

There's frozen chicken raised on Sheets' farm and frozen and canned beef raised on her parents' farm.

Sheets has developed a line of Simply Bee-utiful products that includes lip balm, sachets, tub tea, soap, hand lotion, foot balm, wrinkle cream and a natural bug spray, all containing honey or beeswax.

Bar soap for dogs is made in the shape of a bone and contain herbs that serve as natural flea and tick repellants, Sheets says.

Honey sweet tea and honey punch are offered in a bear-shaped bottle, and customers will also find seasonings, spices, drink mixes, bee pollen, organic olive oil in bulk, coffee beans from the Blue Lion Coffee House, popcorn and candy.

There is, of course, honey made by local bees, along with honey candy, honey sticks, pure beeswax and beeswax candles.

All of the honeybee products are made by Sheets on site, she says.

Sheets says the product offerings will grow with time.

"I'm looking for local items all the time to put in the store," she says.

Sheets also offers her bee-related products at area festivals, including the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival in Huntington.

She says she connected with many of the artisans featured in The Bee Hive through those festivals.

The Bee Hive is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.