About Us

Karen and Brian

Both Karen and Brian are graduates from Iowa State University with Horticulture Degrees.

Brian started beekeeping when he was 11 years old!

In 1975 Brian volunteered at the Cranbrook Nature Center in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan helping them with their beehives.  When he was 16 he started Thomson Assembled Beehives - and sold beekeeping equipment ready to be used - which at the time, was was a new concept.  He continued the business and maintaining 10+ hives and teaching classes about beekeeping until 1984.  After that time was busy with internships in his field of study (Turfgrass management) and had to sell the beehives and put his passion for bees on hold.

Karen, Brenda and Ray in Texas!

Return to Beekeeping!

In 2016, Ray and Brenda Bailey (Karen's sister), started keeping bees in Texas - well, Brian could not let his brother-in-law start keeping bees, without him starting a few hives himself!  The first year Brian and Karen started 2 hives, and by the second year they were up to 8 hives, with plans to add more next year!

Honey Lake - it is a REAL lake!

Honey Lake, where are name comes from, is a real lake in North Barrington, IL - located just outside of Chicago.  It is a 65 acre glacial lake.  All of our beehives are located in and around North Barrington, IL.