Owners Dr. John Hutton and Sandra Gross are entrepreneurs who follow their hearts. Whether reviving an independent children’s bookstore from going out of business to national prominence (Blue Manatee) to repurposing a dilapidated warehouse and asphalt wasteland as a LEED certified, award-winning glass studio and arts complex surrounded by native prairie (Brazee Street Studios), for the past 20 years they have dedicated themselves to making the world a better place. They are especially passionate about those whose voices are smaller than their role in the world and our future: children and pollinators.
There is a good reason why—they are critical to our world’s sustainability. Without them our entire ecosystem would go lopsided and many of our favorite foods would be lost forever. Bees are hard-working, community-focused, efficient, and possess a collective intelligence.
John brought experience as a pediatrician and Sandy brought artistic vision and advocacy for local artists. United by deeply-held values to create a beautiful community gathering place, Sleepy Bee's mission was clear: to celebrate the sublime magic of bees.
Sleepy Bee is a gathering place that offers locally sourced sustenance – food that tastes, makes you feel, and is, good. In an environment that is embraces the beauty of it’s community, through it’s design and featured artistry.