About blue ridge bee co.
Blue Ridge Bee Company is based in the heart of the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. When we started hearing of the mass honey bee die-off we became interested in saving this valuable creature. After much studying, we started our honey operation in 2014 and have expanded each year since. One of our main interests was finding ways to mitigate the Varroa destructor mite. At first, we were using harsh chemicals to treat in the spring and fall, but we knew there had to be something better. Oxalic acid vaporization caught our attention when many European beekeepers said that it was hard on mites but easy on brood and bees. However, the vaporizers were very expensive, and we were confident we could engineer a less expensive but comparable product, so we decided to make our own. The vaporizer we came up with is made of high quality materials but did not cost a fortune. Some of the materials include aircraft grade aluminum, 12 gauge wire, and an oak hardwood we like to say it is the lowest costing, highest quality vaporizer out there. We know this vaporizer will be an essential tool in your arsenal against Varroa destructor.
We stock our store with locally grown produce from local farmers. Stop by and check out our large selection of apples, potatoes, cabbage, and more.
We carry a large variety of pasture-raised beef, pork, and lamb raised on our own farms and other local farms.
local baked goods
Our shelves are stocked with a large selection of freshly baked Amish breads, pies, and other baked goods for you to try.
Sick of conventional drug store soap? Our handcrafted soaps are made by West Virginia soap crafters who focus on natural ingredients for soft and silky skin.
Opening in the Mercer Street Grassroots District
In December 2019, we opened our store on Mercer Street in the Grassroots District. We came to this district with a vision of opening a store that was reminiscent of an old-timey general store, selling local bread, meats, honey, jewelry, soap, and more, while also supplying customers with beekeeping equipment and training. Our main goal is to teach people to keep bees properly, helping them thrive throughout the year and rebuild the bee populations.
We hope that you will join us in learning more about the benefits of keeping bees and increasing the population for years to come.
– William and Emily
What Customers Are Saying
“Today, we went into your store and I purchased a jar of your Strawberry/Rhubarb Jam and it’s the best ever. Will be back for more.
Also had an ice cream cone which was also just delicious.
Beautiful building and interior.”
– Patty D., Facebook
“Your store is beautiful!
Thank you for helping me with the Oxcilic Vaporizer. Your customer services is outstanding and that is rare!”
– Jo Ann D., Facebook
“They have all kinds of cool items. I bought a jar of Old Fashioned Apple Butter, a jar of Terrapin Ridge Farms Hatch Chile Bacon Ranch Dip and a bottle of peach Nehi on my first visit. The staff were friendly and the store is beautiful! Another welcomed business in thriving downtown Princeton, WV!”
– Scott G., Google Review
We're Located In Southern WV's Coolest Strip - The Mercer Street Grassroots District
Visit us in person at 858 Mercer St, Princeton, West Virginia.
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