About Us

Bee Bee Bee Healthy Honey Shop is a family owned business which started over four generations ago.  We have over 100 years of experience in learning all there is to know about bees and natural honey preparation process.  We take personal care and pride in preparing natural pure quality honey.  We strive to find new ways of preparing honey that are conducive to the natural environment.  We also have over 24 years of beekeeping experience with pure local raw honey and we are committed to preserving bees, so that they provide their natural gift.

Meet our beekeeper  Khaled Almaghafi.  He has been tending bees since he was 5 years old.  His  father was a beekeeper.  So is his  younger brother in Yemen.  Bees are in his blood.  He is the second-oldest of 10 children.  He came to the US with a friend in 1986, and moved straight to California because everyone in Yemen knows that California is good for agriculture and bees. He had hopes of attending UC Davis to study bees but could not afford it.  Instead, he ended up at a gas station as a clerk.  He hated it.  Every day rude customers would sting his pride.  And with a wife and two small children, he was not earning enough, money to make a living. One day in 1992 he opened up the Yellow Pages and looked under the heading Bee Removal.  He found a beekeeper near his home in Oakland who let Khaled join him on his jobs.  When the beekeeper died, he inherited his business and his wooden vacuum box.  Billions of bees later, he still finds them fascinating.  Khaled says  "We learn a lot from bees.  We learn how to be social.  We learn how to give, not only take.  They give us honey.  They pollinate and give us fruit and vegetables.  They give us medicine.  And they don’t ask for any thing in return." To read more please click here.

Bee Healthy Honey Shop offers different quantities of pure raw local honey. Come by our fourth-generation Bee Healthy Honey Shop on Telegraph Ave.  Oakland, California to taste the unique flavors of pure raw local varietal honeys and the taste that premium honey can create. The Honey Tasting hours are 11am-4pm M-F. For more information call (510) 388-9112.

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Annals of an Urban Beekeeper: Khaled Almaghafi of Queen of Sheba Farms

Story and photo by Jessica Watson

It isn’t easy being an urban bee. In addition to resisting the widespread Colony Collapse Disorder, urban bees must navigate fearful neighbors wielding insecticidal spray and face the daily challenge of locating plants suitable for foraging. For instance, consider the plight of some Brooklyn beekeepers, who noticed last November that their honey had turned a shocking shade of fluorescent red. After much head-scratching, they realized that their bees had been foraging at a local maraschino cherry plant. Tests of the red honey revealed that it contained high-fructose corn syrup and Red Dye #40, a suspected carcinogen.

So how do our local beekeepers keep their bees out of trouble? I decided to check in on one to see.

Walking into the Bee Healthy Honey Shop, newly reopened at 2950 Telegraph in Oakland, I find myself surrounded by expanses of hexagonal wooden shelves that look remarkably like a honeycomb. They are backed by mirrors, creating an illusion of depth that brings on a momentary confusion of scale. Have I suddenly become small enough to have entered a hive?

The shop is clearly the work of a man obsessed. Khaled Almaghafi, 44, tall and lean, emerges from the back of the shop to greet me. A fourth-generation beekeeper, he learned the trade as a child in Yemen.  He keeps 100 hives that are scattered around Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, and Santa Clara. Here in the East Bay hills, the bees primarily forage on wildflowers, while in Santa Clara the hives are located on a persimmon and blueberry farm.

Almaghafi has a wife and four children to provide for, so I wondered about the economics of beekeeping. For Almaghafi, bees are a good business, and he explains that he has multiple approaches. “If I were just selling honey, I think it would be hard. Removing bees, selling honey, going to the farmers markets, and having a shop for supplies—all together in one package, it keeps me alive.”

Almaghafi is an avid collector of honeys from around the world. Tastings of local and exotic honeys are a central feature of the shop, and the menu shifts with the seasons. On the occasion of my visit I find wildflower, buckwheat, and oak honeys from the East Bay to taste. There is sage honey from Monterey County, orange blossom honey from Fresno, blueberry honey from Oregon, and a coffee honey gathered from Ethiopian coffee plantations. Perhaps the most unusual is a honey that came from an abandoned vineyard in Napa where the bees had foraged on the juice of grapes that had burst. It had a deep, almost caramelized flavor.

The shop stocks a wide variety of books and materials (in both English and Arabic) on natural beekeeping methods and the health benefits of honey. “I want to educate the community and train other people to be beekeepers,” Almaghafi says. To that end he sells suits, hoods, gloves, brushes, smokers, and Langstroth boxes and frames, and he lends his honey extractor out on a barter system. “I get some honey in return; we help each other,” he explains.

Natural beekeeping

Almaghafi’s business has not been immune to the array of challenges currently facing bees. “I’m losing a lot of hives,” he admits. “I have a lot of problems with mites and colony collapse, and this year I noticed the hive beetle—we have them here for the first time,” he says.

Almaghafi told me he typically loses 40 percent of his hives every year. We discuss the recent news from a team of scientists who announced a breakthrough on the causes of Colony Collapse Disorder, which they believe to be a combination of a fungus and a virus. Some beekeepers were surprised that the role of pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids, was not mentioned in the study. It later emerged that the lead researcher had received funding from Bayer, the primary producer of neonicotinoids. A group of beekeepers is currently suing Bayer, and calling for more research on the interlinked factors causing Colony Collapse Disorder.

Almaghafi is hesitant about the root causes of the disease. “It could be true, could be not,” he says. “It’s a combination of many things.” He believes factors in the disease include GMOs, chemicals, pesticides, stress, as well as commercial beekeeping practices, such as the practice of overwintering hives on a diet of high-fructose corn syrup, and the heavy reliance on antibiotics. “Sometimes people will give them so many antibiotics, but not me,” he says. “I don’t want to create resistance in the pests and diseases, and give them more drugs. It’s not good for me. I try to do it naturally.”

I ask about the alternatives and he says he uses an essential oil solution to treat for Varroa mites. Mixing spearmint, peppermint, and wintergreen essential oils, he melts them together with beeswax and neem oil, combining until the mixture is the consistency of lotion. He then soaks a card in the lotion and places it at the bottom of the hive. The bees walk through it and the mites stick to the card. Almaghafi asserts, “It works. It’s working for me. Neem also kills fungus, and it is not affecting the bees.”

“And I’m keeping them in a sunny location,” he adds. “That helps a lot.”

Almaghafi’s raw, organic local honey, which has many fans among area allergy sufferers, can be found at many East Bay farmers markets, and at the Bee Healthy Honey Shop, 2950 Telegraph in Oakland. Free tastings are offered every weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Oakland, CA

4/19/2011

R u hurting?  Need it bad?  Cuz the allergies r kicking ur ass?

This spot is actually between 29th and 30th on Telegraph.

You get for 8 bucks(small jar) the best stuff Oaktown and Bezerkly bees can produce.  

Pretty neat little shop and the honey does do wonders in sooo many ways.


Walnut Creek, CA

7/19/2010

Khaled did bee removal for us. We had a hive living in our roof. He charged a very reasonable rate and even came back for free when some bees came back.

He brought me a sample of honey from the shop, YUM!


Alameda, CA

7/1/2009

Bee Healthy Honey is the perfect shop for bee and honey enthusiasts, Oshun priestesses and initiates and the generally curious. The perimeter of the shop has been designed to resemble a honeycomb. It's all so very surreal. Local and imported honey can be found here, in addition to beeswax and/or honey beauty products, nuts, teas, etc. Many of the cute bee or honey theme decorations found within the honeycomb are NOT for sale. I learned that the hard way.


Oakland, CA

7/3/2009

Amazing, local, family owned and all the bees are local so it's great for allergies.

It's a tiny shop so it's kind of easy to miss. Also, there isn't a ton of staff, so if the owners are out at farmers markets or collecting swarms (from people who call them as no-kill be exterminators) the store is closed. It's a little hit or miss sometimes. If you're a regular you can just call and ask when they'll be in.


Oakland, CA

7/3/2009

I Looooove Honey!
I hate allergies!

His local honey clears it all up, and tastes good in my tea!

Everything you ever wanted to know about bees,he knows.

Just a standup guy!


Piedmont, CA

7/24/2008

I first met this family when The City of Piedmont recommended them for removing hives from my home.  After a speedy removal they presented me with a jar of specialty honey from the Indian Himalayas.  After drizzling this liquid gold on some cheese from The Cheese Shop in Oakland and spreading the concoction on fresh bread...I was hooked!  The shop is amazing, they have honey and honey products from their own hives and all over the world.  The family has been making honey for generations in Yemen and they know their stuff.  They also carry soaps, creams Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen.

If you like gourmet foods or are interested in the benefits of honey for beauty or health you must check out this store!


San Francisco, CA

7/14/2009

Once I asked a vegan friend of mine if he ate honey.  His response, and I will never forget it was, "Honey is a bees way of paying rent."  So true, so true.

Regardless of how you feel about that, honey is a great anti-inflammatory and helps with allergies.  I try to make it a point to eat locally produced honey whenever I can (both to help me with my allergies and because it tastes so good).  

If it wasn't for this store, I probably would have never realized honey could have so many different flavors to it.  It's like hearing about how farmers in Europe feed their animals certain grasses/plants so that it'll have an influences on the cheese that is produced from them.  The same goes for bees.  You can taste the flower that was originally used to make the honey.  Who knew?

Anyway, the store is always a pleasure to visit.  Once, the owner showed my friends and I a queen bee he had captured earlier in the day.  Last week he showed me a hive that he cleared out and even gave me a small tube of honey from Tibet.

I know I'll bee back.