Joel Gonia, the founder of HoneyBear Farms, is in a period of transition.
After the relocation of his local honey farm store, The Honey Depot, due to road construction, he changed his business model from a farm store to a commercial store.
The Honey Depot has temporarily relocated to 15116 Old Taylorsville Road in Fisherville, Kentucky, two miles from its previous location. However, customers will soon be able to find Honey Depot products at multiple locations throughout the Louisville area.
Gonia stated, “What we’re doing is The Honey Depot and coffee, small coffee shops.” “We roast and grind our coffee in-house. In addition to retail stores selling honey, jams, and jellies, we will also have quaint coffee shops.”
Gonia plans to open five locations of Honey Depot & Coffee House over the next year. After a few weeks of soft opening, the first store will open on August 1 in Mt. Washington at 435 Unit 4 N. Bardstown Road.
Gonia stated, “It’s the beautiful building directly across from Dairy Queen.” We are thrilled; Jimmy’s Specialty Meats and Milano’s Italian Restaurant are both present.
Together, HoneyBear Farms and its partner beekeepers have over 1,400 hives. They produced 60,000 pounds of honey in 12 distinct flavors last year.
The shop sells beekeeping equipment, honey-based products, jams and jellies, soaps and coffee, and offers beekeeping classes taught by five of Kentucky’s only five Master Beekeepers.