Making the most of a sticky situation
A businesses in Saskatoon is helping you out of the sticky situation of getting honey out of a jar, by selling it in tubes.
The idea came to 17-year-old Nicole Hein when she was just 11-years-old.
"When I was younger, I wanted to have a horse of my own and so I told mom I needed a job...she said, 'Well, you're 11, you can't get a job yet, but if you come up with a good idea, then maybe we can market it and you could make some money."
That got Hein thinking and looking around for a good idea. The inspiration came while she watched her mom make peanut butter and honey sandwiches and struggle to get honey out of the container.
"I sat there watching her for a minute and I just asked her, 'Why hasn't anybody come up with honey in a tube yet?"
Now, six years later, Hein is selling Tu-Bee's products across Saskatchewan and in a couple stores in Manitoba and B.C. Her most recent expansion is to the London Drugs locations in Saskatoon as a test product.
If the Saskatchewan honey, available in flavours including Saskatoon berry, maple, cinnamon and lemon, sells well at the Saskatoon London Drugs, the product could be carried nationally.
Hein said having her product in stores across the country would be amazing.
"Maybe it will become a household name," she laughed.
Right now, her mother and sister help her run the company, including sticking the labels on each tube by hand. However, Hein said printed tubes are in the works.
As for her goal of getting a horse, Hein did get her horse, although she now has a different horse, a Clydsdale named Columbus, than the one she first bought with her honey money.
Hein's dream job is to someday work at a racetrack.
To find out more about Tu-Bees, visit their website.
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