Ted Dennard’s interest in bees, beekeeping and all things honey started at a young age growing up in St. Simons Island, Georgia. Observing an elderly beekeeper ignited his journey into honey entrepreneurship.
His first business came in 1999 when a friend opened a storefront in Savannah. Dennard started selling his tupelo honey in the shop and it was an instant hit with customers.
Flash forward to 2009 when Dennard opened his own flagship Savannah Bee Company store on Broughton Street in downtown Savannah. He has since become one of the most successful honey entrepreneurs in the nation and is often sought-out for his expertise.
Walk into the shop and take a spot at the Honey Tasting Bar where you can sample the company’s artisanal honeys, everyday honeys or a raw honeycomb.
Savannah Bee Company also makes a variety of beauty and health products from body lotions, washes and balms to soap, shampoo, lip gloss and hand & nail salve. Everything in the shop is made from all-natural, pure honey with no additives.
“Our body care products are all-natural, use organic ingredients, and work as well or better than those on the market that are loaded with chemicals,” Dennard says. “The products feel great on your skin and are good for your skin and body as well. There is no tradeoff between our natural products and how well they feel and work.”
Dennard continues to expand his bee and honey empire. Savannah Bee Company now has a retail location on Savannah’s popular River Street and a showroom on Wilmington Island with additional storefronts in St. Simons, Georgia and on King Street in Charleston, South Carolina.
In May 2016, the company opened its first location in Florida at the Walt Disney World Resort. Look for their kiosk near Raglan Road the next time you’re at Disney Springs.