our story

Scott and Doyle Johnson are the father and son founders of Classic City Bee Company. Both raised in Athens, Georgia they developed a passion for working with bees together. Over the years, the number of hives have grown as has their commitment to thew work. In reality, the bees represent their true passion while honey is more of a side-effect of their work. Today, the two of them remain committed to sharing their love for bees with their community and the world.

At Classic City Bee Company, we believe that we are partners with the bees with which we work, and not masters. We maintain the determination that by giving bees the respect they deserve we are able to offer the finest honey and body care products available, educate the world, and inspire all people to live happier and healthier lives.

We consider it a privileged to learn more about the amazing honeybee every single day. And we love what we do. Each day is a new opportunity to learn and grow. While we oversee, and protect the bees, we are not as in charge of the operation as we sometimes think. Every interaction with these amazing animals teaches us that we are not in control, we are only caretakers of these magnificent creatures. As we understand our role as partners with the bees we hope to more effectively fulfill the aims of our company's mission of creating the best products available, educating the world, and inspiring all people to live happier, healthier lives.

meet the beekeepers

Scott Johnson

Scott first began keeping bees in Athens as a young boy. As a church service project Scott helped his father keep bees around town. He built hives, cared for the bees, captured wild swarms, and harvested honey which was given to those in need. From the beginning, Scott felt at home with the bees. He trusted the bees and they trusted him. Scott's education and career has focused in animal science and research, particularly working with livestock. However, in recent years, he has welcomed the bees back into his life. Alongside his son he finds lessons of thrift, labor, harmony, purpose, self-sacrifice, and peace in the hive.

Doyle Johnson

Doyle began keeping bees while he attended law school at the University of Georgia. While he graduated and began practicing law, his heart never wandered far from his hives. While his law practice exposes him to so much chaos in the world, he finds peace and solace in the simple order found in each beehive. Where many might be tempted to see a large group of stinging insects, Doyle sees a a beautifully organized community working together towards a common goal. When not spending time in the bee yard, Doyle loves spending time with his wife Chelsea and their three daughters. He finds that as he seeks to learn from the selflessness of the honeybee his relationship with those around him grows.

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