It’s a warm, sunny morning in Austin’s North Loop neighborhood and Tara Chapman is happy to be outside. As the owner of a small business, much of Chapman’s work life is spent in front of a computer managing her company. Every three weeks, however, her job gets much more interesting, or terrifying, depending on how you feel about bees.
Chapman is the owner of Two Hives Honey, a small beekeeping company. Chapman not only sells honey, she helps people start and manage their own beehives, gives hive tours and teaches beekeeping classes. “When I do things where I get to tell someone or show someone something cool about bees and they get excited, that’s really energizing,” Chapman says. “Even people who seem disinterested, I’m like, ‘Give me two minutes,’” Chapman tells me as we sit near three of her beehives. “It’s like a real life Game of Thrones in a colony! People can’t help but be fascinated at it.”