This months maker feature is Jessica VanderVere from Bee Joyful Shop, who’s business focuses on alternatives to single use plastics. Jessica is a Michigan girl - born and raised in Allegan, Michigan and still living here with her five children today! Growing up, she and her family lived completely off the grid (AKA no electricity and no running water) which ultimately helped her learn to be incredibly resourceful. This quality spirit still shines through in her life and business to this day.
Long before plastic wrap was created, Jessica recalls her grandmother using beeswax wraps to seal food. What is now Bee Joyful Shop started as a simple idea Jessica explains, “creating and using sustainable, earth-friendly materials to store food, instead of harmful plastic wraps” was the end goal. She initially started making the wraps with her family and neighbors in mind and put some up for sale on Etsy not knowing if anyone else would even be interested in something like this. The name for her business comes from a Bible verse that has resonated with her throughout her life. Romans 12:12: be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Jessica says, “to me, that verse encourages us to always be joyful, no matter your situation. Bee Joyful isn’t just a company name, it’s a mindset, a way of thinking, and a way of living at peace.”
Two years later, Bee Joyful Shop is proud to be plastic free and helping others’ to achieve the same. Her most popular item is the three-pack of bee patterned material. Jessica joined us when we opened our City Market location and has been an amazing addition to all the unique handmade products we carry in store! You can find her items at the shop, or by clicking the link below.