Food & Drink

All Abuzz About Honey

A local woman’s “Bee Inspired” products are gaining national attention.

Kara Brook is a woman on a sweet mission. The local artist turned to beekeeping to provide wax for her method of painting called encaustic. But she soon found herself involved in another venture—using her honey and wax to produce an assortment of items, from body scrubs and lip balms to candles and lollipops, pictured

She’s already been discovered by national publications like Southern Living and Cooking Light. “It’s not about mass production,” Brook says. “It’s about creating a product line and raising awareness about bees.” 

She cultivates her hives at a farm on the Eastern Shore, where she also grows the lavender imbued in many of her offerings. Her Waxing Kara “Bee Inspired” brand is available at or at her retail store Honey House in Owings Mills.

HONEY HOUSE: An on-site showroom.

There’s an incentive to visit the tiny shop (10989 Red Run Blvd., Suite 204, Owings Mills, 410-415-3027), tucked away in suburban Pleasant Hill Center.

The handcrafted-product prices are a few dollars cheaper than what you’d spend online.

It’s open from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays.