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Clapham’s Believe Business is an Extension of Daily Life

This episode of Make it Bake it Grow it features Anne and Roger Clapham from Clapham’s Beeswax. Beekeepers since 1971, Anne and Roger Clapham kept bees commercially until 1996. They sold honey, candles and beeswax products at the Granville Market and other retail outlets around Aldergrove, British Columbia. In 1986 Roger’s mother gave them the family recipe for beeswax polish and the company bloomed into eventually selling in over 200 stores around North America, with a few in the UK and Japan. “They used to call me ‘bugs’ in school. I always loved insects. I enjoy earthworms and ants,” Roger says. “Spiders and flies,” Anne adds. Since they had a relatively small set up of 200 hives, they ke

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