"Downtown Home and Garden is a very feminine store," he explains. "Beekeeping is a male domain. These bees play strong to women with kids, and they're a big part of our business." To start a new generation of bee lovers, he's passing out stickers (designed by his wife, artist Margaret Parker) that say, "I saw the hive at Downtown Home & Garden."
Asked if Hodesh has promise as a beekeeper, Murphy says yes: "He's enthusiastic. He loves what he does. He's patient. And besides," he adds, "the bees do most of the work!"
[Originally published in August, 2010.]