We had the good fortune of connecting with Lara Boudreaux and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lara, what is the most important factor behind your success?
For Björn’s Colorado Honey, the most important factor in our success has been staying true to our roots. Pontus, our beekeeper, grew up in Sweden and learned the practice from his grandfather Björn; the company namesake. Because of this strong background in beekeeping and honey production, Pontus is able to focus on offering the best tasting and most healthy honey while making sure he is protecting honeybees and the pollination service they provide. He uses progressive beekeeping practices that he learned in Sweden from his family that help keep his hives healthy. He also knows that strong hives produce lots of high-quality honey. He loves being able to bring that high-quality honey to the local Colorado market and enjoys speaking with our customers at farmers markets about honeybees and their importance to the environment and agriculture in our state.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Björn’s Colorado Honey offers local Colorado honey, CBD honey, and skincare, bee-pollen plus European-made bee-based skincare featuring beeswax, honey, and propolis. The focus of Björn’s Colorado Honey is to provide top-quality local honey produced in our Swedish family tradition. Our Propolis Honey is what sets us apart from other honey companies in the USA. It is also our most popular product. By blending Colorado honey with high-quality propolis extract we boost honey’s health benefits. Propolis, an age-old remedy made by the bees from tree and plant resins, is known to bolster the immune system and contains antifungal and antibacterial properties. More than ever people are looking for ways to eat healthily and use food to keep their immune system strong. We’re grateful to be able to educate the American market about propolis and it’s benefits. Pontus has been able to grow his small honey business by staying true to his Swedish roots and by being willing to learn on the fly. If you need a website, figure out how to build it. If you need to increase your social media presence, figure out how to make videos and shoot photos. Small business owners know that the hardest but more rewarding part of working for yourself is learning new things even if you never thought you could do. Stay true to yourself and work hard figuring out what you need to grow your business and how to get it done.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We are based in Boulder so I would definitely bring my friend to Boulder County. I’d get pizza with them at Babette’s in Longmont and we’d be sure to bring home some of their amazing home-made pastries. We’d go for a walk at the famed Caribou Ranch above Boulder in the foothills and be sure to bring a picnic from Cured on Pearl Street to eat while there. I’d also take them to The Stanley Marketplace in Aurora to get bagels at Rosenberg’s and check out all the small businesses that are in that mixed use-space. We may even eat at Annette (also located at Stanley marketplace) for a special dinner. There is so much to see in Colorado, we love living here!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Pontus wouldn’t be where he is today without his family in Sweden. From grandfather Björn; the company namesake to his parents, who are also beekeepers and currently run a honey company, he learned everything he knows about beekeeping and honey production from his family back home. He has never studied beekeeping or business in a formal setting, all his knowledge has been passed down to him through three generations of family beekeeping and honey business.
First Photo Mike Turk Second set of Photos Lara Boudreaux and Andrew Borjon