Archive for Monday, July 13, 2009

Beekeeper keeps generating buzz

CNN to air features on Anthony’s Beehive this weekend

Anthony Schwager, right, and his father, Tony, remove and inspect the frames in their beehives in this November 2008 file photo. CNN and HLN will air features on Anthony’s business, Anthony’s Beehive, this weekend.

Anthony Schwager, right, and his father, Tony, remove and inspect the frames in their beehives in this November 2008 file photo. CNN and HLN will air features on Anthony’s business, Anthony’s Beehive, this weekend.

July 13, 2009


CNN a-buzz with Anthony's bees

The story of Anthony Schwager and his local beehive business will grace CNN this weekend. Enlarge video

A sweet devotion

Anthony Schwager came home during the third grade with the idea of raising bees. Little did his parents know that it would be the start of a successful business for their developmentally disabled son and the entire family.

National attention keeps coming for a young Lawrence man and his family’s thriving rural Douglas County business —Anthony’s Beehive.

Anthony Schwager, 22, and his family, who own the beehive business together, will be featured in a three- to four-minute segment on CNN (Sunflower Broadband channel 44, and 244 in high-definition) between 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. Saturday. It will be replayed on CNN Headline News (channel 43) between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday.

“We are so excited that we were able to get national attention,” said Anthony’s mother, Terri Schwager.

Anthony and his family, who live southeast of Lawrence, started the company several years ago, and it has since expanded to selling honey, honey straws, lip balm and lotion in the area.

Anthony, who was born with a global developmental delay, also has epilepsy and is blind in his left eye. Anthony’s father, Tony Schwager, and Terri worried about limitations for Anthony as he grew older.

But Anthony has persevered and with strong support from family and friends, he developed his own beehive operation into a thriving business. He now has 200 hives in Douglas, Leavenworth and Franklin counties.

The family and the business have received national media attention before, including a feature in Fortune Small Business in 2008. A CNN producer visited Douglas County in late May and interviewed the family. The crew taped them setting up products at Local Burger, 714 Vt., and Community Mercantile, 901 Iowa.

Anthony’s brothers, Brandon, 21, and Adam, 19, and his sister, Mariah, 16, also were filmed with the family at the River Market in Kansas City, Mo.

The attention is great for Anthony and the business, his mother said. She has even passed along word about the CNN story from their Twitter profile, AnthonysBeehive.

However, her hope is that his story serves as an example to encourage other families across the country who have children with disabilities. Anthony could be a role model for other who want to start similar business ventures.

“Then I feel like we’re meeting our calling,” Terri Schwager said.


formerksteacher 8 years, 5 months ago

YEA, Anthony and family!! Kudos to a deserving family who has long shown Lawrence what it means to stick together. Great work and a superb example of what one young man can accomplish with a little help from his friends.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 5 months ago

I have always thought it would be nice to own an apiary. When I was growing up we went into the woods and got fresh honey comb from a hive. Even honey bought in jars in the store came with a bit of comb.

StirrrThePot 8 years, 5 months ago

I had been buying Anthony's honey because it was local, and had no idea about the story behind the business. Now I buy Anthony's honey almost exclusively, I'll only buy "non-Anthony" if I have a cooking "emergency" and cannot obtain it!

As a sibling of someone with developmental delays, I really appreciate Anthony's story and am happy for him and his family to get this national attention. I hope many people see the broadcast. Best wishes to you and your family, Anthony!! Way to go, pursuing your dream!

sustainabilitysister 8 years, 5 months ago

Yeah Anthony! Thanks for changing the stereotype of people with disabilities which is such a vast spectrum of people. We all have exceptionalities!

mmiller 8 years, 5 months ago

Can't wait to hear what all the buzzzz is about....argh, argh, argh....good piece though....

roosmom 8 years, 5 months ago

I'm so happy for Anthony and his family! Good things happen to good people!

jlew83 8 years, 5 months ago

I have been purchasing honey from Tony and the Schwager family for about a year for Angler's Seafood House. I am very proud to have a business relationship with such positive people and am humbled by their story and successes.
Congrats on the accomplishments and the positive model that the Schwager family has displayed to our community. Not only is their product exceptional and literally the best honey available, but it is produced by "good people" and I hope that people and local establishments take notice and support people like the Schwager Family and Anthony's Beehive.

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