Somerset County bumblebee farms moves to Pittsburgh.
Owner Karen Mosholder, who has gained national attention and appeared on Good Morning America since the apiary began in 2011, said her son Jon Mosholder will take over after he retires.
“I had been planning to retire this summer,” Karen said in an email. “My husband, who was a partner at Dumbauld’s Tire Service, retired five years ago and has been patiently waiting for me.”
Karen has been looking for someone to buy the business for a few years, so she was pleasantly surprised when her son asked her about buying Bumbleberry Farms.
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Jon was a financial analyst in Columbus, Ohio, but decided to move his family back to Pennsylvania.
“I was ecstatic!” Karen said. “I’ve dedicated myself to building this business and I’ve enjoyed the ride…I was so happy knowing he’s taking it on. He’s a smart guy and I know the business will be in good hands. Also, I’ll still have some capital in the company, so I hope you use me as a sounding board for your ideas.
Jon was born in Somerset and went to college in Rochester, New York.
“I’ve always had the desire to run a business and the opportunity arose,” he said. “I am so proud of what my mother did and taking Bumbleberry Farms to where she is today. It is an exciting time to continue the business in the family and expand opportunities, especially in Pittsburgh.”
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Bumbleberry Farms makes several types of honey products, including a honey spread, and has expanded since Karen made the first batch in her kitchen.
“The spreads, which were inspired by the flavors of my childhood here in Somerset, have won international awards, without a doubt the highlight of my career,” he said.
“We recently added a line of baking mixes – I mean, you need to spread the spreads on something equally delicious, right? I’m also working on some home items that tie into what we offer. Creating new products is probably one one of my favorite aspects of being an entrepreneur.
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Jon’s apiary will be an urban rooftop bee yard in Pittsburgh. He also plans to get involved in pop-ups and farmers markets in the area.
“The name, products and services will remain the same with the exception that there is no retail space at this time, but they intend to resume retail at a different location when ready,” he said.
“The Pittsburgh area is a growth opportunity, especially being at XFactory because I see it as a great avenue to network and collaborate with other companies that are on the same path. I believe in collaboration, sharing ideas and challenges lead to growth. Additionally, Pittsburgh is a hub for many major corporations and retailers.”
Karen said that Jon is still getting permits, so his bees were donated to another local beekeeper.
“In the meantime, we will continue to source our honey, sustainably harvested from well-known beekeepers across the country,” he said.
“As a side note, city bees are actually healthier than country bees, due to the fact that they are less exposed to pesticides and there is a greater variety of flora in the city, all of which contribute to a colony. robust”.
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Jon is looking for four new employees for his apiary in Pittsburgh because Karen’s current employees have decided to stay in Somerset County.
“I know my son has asked the staff to continue at the new location in Pittsburgh, but it’s hard to leave this beautiful place, I understand,” he said.
“It certainly breaks my heart to lose the women who have been such an integral part of the success of Bumbleberry Farms.”
Karen also added that Jon wants to support the deaf community in Pittsburgh.
“As a deaf employer, he expressed to me his desire to help empower deaf people through his hiring and training practices,” he said.