There's been a lot of buzz surrounding a new business in the Grove City Town Center.

There's been a lot of buzz surrounding a new business in the Grove City Town Center.

It comes from the source of its merchandise.

The Honey House sells raw honey and honey bee-related products. The shop opened Nov. 3 at 3937 Broadway, Suite D.

"This is a concept we've been talking about for about four years," said Cynthia Davis, who co-owns the Honey House with Jim North. "We were just looking for the right opportunity at the right location, and we've found it."

The products sold at the Honey House are derived from the honey produced by North, who operates more than 500 hives in 85 locations around Pickaway and Ross counties.

"I've always been fascinated by nature, and bees were always interesting to me," he said. "What started out as a hobby became a passion."

North has been a beekeeper for more than 40 years.

"Bees are much more complicated than people realize," he said. "Once you get involved with them, you never stop learning. The more you get involved, the more fascinated you become. I'm still discovering things about them, so beekeeping never gets old."

North said what never ceases to amaze him is how honeybees operate as "one creature."

"There are different castes of bees, each with their own tasks, but they operate as one unit," he said.

Davis said her interest in bees grew out of her friendship with North.

"I always loved honey, but I never knew much about bees," she said. "I'm most interested in the way they communicate and speak to one another."

The Honey House sells honey by the jar, or customers can bring in their own container and fill it with honey from three small tanks.

Each tank contains honey produced in a different season, North said.

"In the spring, the honey is lighter in color and less sweet," he said. "As the seasons change, the honey produced by bees gets darker and sweeter. You can take your pick."

"This is all natural honey," Davis said. "It's not the stuff you buy at the store filled with chemicals."

A second room at the shop features a variety of honeybee-related products, including propolis, wax, candles, soaps, beauty products, art and apparel.

"Honey is such a versatile product," Davis said. "It's especially good for creating beauty products. It's been used as a moisturizer since ancient times."

The Honey House is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

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