Today we’d like to introduce you to TJ and Levy Schuyleman.
Hi TJ and Levy, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
In February of 2020, we obtained a small retail space, our dream was becoming a reality. We wanted to bring local, raw honey and superior quality CBD to our community.
We had a vision of a honey and bee-themed store. In March of 2020, we had our grand opening and our grand closing all in the same month. Being shut down because of Covid was devastating for our little start-up. We had to float all of the bills, even though we weren’t open for business.
We opened side of the road stands daily just to keep our heads above water. It was a very scary and uncertain time. From the very beginning the odds were against us.
With our markets all cancelled for almost the entire year, along with all of our fellow vendor friends. Thomas and I brainstormed and came up with the idea to open up the store for people to share their goods and for their already established customers to have a place to come and get their favorite local goods. That is how the concept for Simply Raw Honey was born. We are Arizona’s first farmers market in a store.
We have over 65 local vendors, artisans, small businesses, and artists. We have absolutely the best vendors in the state of Arizona, for example, Christine bump with sugar leaf beauty. She gave us her beautiful products upfront to sell. She floated us until we could pay her. She repeatedly has been there for us and supported our business in every way from day one. We are very loyal and dedicated to the ones that show us the same.
We try and help new vendors by answering any questions they have or getting them connected with other businesses, “teamwork makes the dream work” is our motto and we try to live by that every day. In our store, we have reached 65 local vendors and we look to add to that every week.
Bringing strictly locally made items from Arizona to one shop. Just to name a few of our vendors, Dorkie Doggie Bakery, (grain-free dog treats) saucy Lukes, (sauces and rubs) fire wife cold brew, Rene’s body goods, (cold process soaps) a hen and her chicks (handmade gnomes) coyote bros beef jerky, Jagerhund antler chews, wicked intentions candles and so much more.
We have something for everyone and its all made here in Arizona. This store is more than just a place to buy stuff, We make sure your questions are answered, and we make sure you leave feeling educated and informed about the products, who makes them, and how they are made.
We know everything to know about each and every vendor in the entire store. Everything we do is relationship-based meaning nothing is on consignment, we don’t accept just anyone into the shop and it has to feel right, and the products have to be of the highest quality. Our future goals include expanding the current store and opening a second location.
Thomas and I have worked really hard to bring something to the valley that can get growing and grow into something massive. Small business values with a huge Arizona presence, Come into the shop for samples of all of our infused honeys, we have about 12 different infusions. Peanut Butter Honey, Jalapeno and cinnamon vanilla are our best sellers.
Open seven days a week in Sun City to fufill all of those small business needs.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Being shut down the same month as our grand opening staying closed for almost two months.
Having to still pay all the bills despite not being open, never taking time off, working seven days a week, struggling to pay vendors, keep our word, and living sleeping eating nothing but our business.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Simply Raw Honey is different because we offer Arizona only made products, we infused local honey with natural ingredients to create one-of-a-kind flavors, Cinnamon Vanilla.
We are the original maker of peanut butter-infused honey, we roast, grind, and produce all of our peanut butter and then add our raw honey, it is beyond delicious. We have lemon lavender, turmeric, ginger and curcumin, lemon ginger, ghost pepper, elderberry infused, jalapeno, chocolate infused, CBD infused, and many more, all infused slowly and correctly.
We make sure to educate all of our customers. We make them feel comfortable and knowledgeable about their purchase. Whether it is Cbd or bath bombs we know all about each product in the store. All 65 vendors are our family.
- Small Raw Honey $12 2 for $20
- Med Honey $17 or 2 for 30
- Large $22 0r 2 for 40
- infused honey $ 15 or 2 for 25
- CBD 500 mg $50 1000 mg $65 2000 mg $115
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.simplyhoneyandcbd.com
- Instagram: @simplyhoney
- Facebook: www.fb.com/simplyhoney
- Twitter: @simlplyhoney