WESTPORT — Bedford Square’s newest tenant, Savannah Bee Company, offers every product imaginable that could be produced by a bee.

From whipped honey chocolate to beeswax hand cream the new Church Lane location has a distinct variety of hive products.

“We have our honey, we have our body care line and then we have, not in Westport, but in most of our stores, we have a full mead bar,” Rob Kemp, the company’s senior director of direct to consumer, said. Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey.

Founder Ted Dennard’s interest in bees sprouted after his parents allowed a man to put bees on their 100-acre Georgia property. That interest grew into a business that just opened its eighth location, and the first one north of the Mason-Dixon line.

As a kid, Dennard worked with the man, Roy Hightower, on his parents’ sprawling property where he learned to appreciate all that bees could do and even continued keeping the bees after Hightower died.

During his college years at Sewanee, Dennard worked with the bees on his landlord’s property.

“They were really a smart family. They taught me all sorts of things about bees,” Dennard said, noting he learned from them that the queen is born a worker bee and fed royal jelly and lives 40 times longer than other bees.

After earning his degree in philosophy and religion, Dennard took his beekeeping knowledge to Jamaica where he taught the craft during his two-year-stint in the Peace Corps. When he returned to Georgia, Dennard was unsure what he was going to do, but maintained five bee hives.

When his roommate’s girlfriend (now wife), Jennifer, opened a furniture shop in Savannah and Dennard sold some of his honey there. Initially, he was skeptical. “I was like man, who’s going to buy honey?”

Increasingly, more and more people wanted to sell the honey in their stores and Dennard was flooded with phone calls asking to buy his products. After three years, Dean & DeLuca, along with stores in Napa Valley and Los Angeles started carrying the products. In 2002, he officially started the company and in 2008, opened the first retail store in downtown Savannah. The business has grown to over 100 employees.

Originally, he sought out the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. and because of high rent and a declining retail market, Dennard chose Westport instead.

“It’s beautiful, man. I love this part of Connecticut,” Dennard said.

The company’s mission strives beyond just making money. “We’re really about trying to educate people about the wonders of the honey bee,” he said.

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