Death by honeybee!

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Not true ! I am very much alive and I am just as much in love with honeybees as I always was.
Several years ago I found myself (beeing) rushed to the emergency room and lovingly cared for by Mission Hospital staff . I was soon able to breathe again! What an awful and fearful feeling. I know the fear of being stung. It can cause a beautiful rational human being to turn into a monster killing machine.

The question in my mind is how can I be allergic to honeybees? My beautiful flowery world just bumped me in the head, literally the bee bumped me in the head .

I had to grow up quick and the sad truth is when I see a honey bee , I’ll either want to kill it or run!┬áTo bee fair the honeybee is a very fair hard-working creature. Working in the sun, the rain, the snow, and even the sleet to keep its beehive warm and nourished.

Now I choose to stand very still and let the honeybee do his job.
The truth bee told what stung me may have been a wasp, not a honeybee at all.
The plight of the honey bee is sad. As a child I remember dancing in clouds of DDT my older brother Mathew on his fast blue bike my sister Velvet on her super cool bike my little sister running after them flowers falling to the ground from her hair. We were totally happy the four of us.

We were an amazing team playing together sharing our dreams never realizing that we were part of the demise of the honeybee. Yes, what fun we had until our father came home from work one night and caught us running up and down the street dancing in the clouds of a poison that would surely kill the mosquitoes! Never did we know that our honeybees would suffer so much!

Let’s celebrate the honeybee. Let’s save the honeybee. In doing this we will save ourselves.

In our small Asheville N.C. based business Hopey & Co. we have 100 employees each one working hard every day to bring amazing healthy food to our neighborhood. As a business owner I look at each market just as the bee keeper watches the hives always looking for signs of growth. I know I must protect my business just like the bee keeper protects the bee hives . When one hive grows large I must start another business (hive) .

I am happy to say this is what every business owner must do to ensure growth and health in his or her life. Don’t bee afraid of the sting of failure! Dream big, if your business is doing well it’s time to start another one.
Cheers to you and your grand adventure!

PS…Bee smart, Bee wise,and Bee willing to grow!

Danette Hopey

Hopey and Company News

Hopey and Company NewsTroy and I have surrounded ourselves with a really gifted people.
We want them to use there talents to create a beautiful experience for each of our customers.
We want every person they meet to find the joy in cooking.

Our Markets are the stores to provide them with all of the ingredients they need to create joy in their lives.
We are the first person a new cook will meet. We want to make this an awesome experience for this customer .
We want our stores to feel to a traveler like they have just come home .
We want to be the place in their memory where they rested and had great comfort and were served well.

So, I want each of you employees at Hopey & Co. to look for someone that you would like to be friends with . Someone that you could see in six months sitting at your dinner table , and even though there are problems at work you will still like each other!
Our customers that we have right now are the people that discovered us.

It is true, we are there invention , they have made us great.
Treat them with great respect, treat them as though they were your friends your whole life, because they will be!

P.S. These friends will be our best customers for the next 40 years!!!
Danette