As they say, "it's been a long, strange, trip."

Liam and I first met as teenagers in Richmond, Virginia and found ourselves in Charleston, SC for college. As a port city, Charleston is full of sailors, poets, drifters, day-trippers, musicians, surfers and every other type of person you can imagine. And we soaked it all in.  During college, we lived in a house  downtown that was filled with friends constantly trying their hands at new and interesting hobbies. Inside we grew the devil's lettuce and in our small backyard, we grew grapes, tomatoes, mint, peppers, and my favorite backyard hobby of all, we established two bee colonies.

After graduation, we separated with each of us pursuing our different passions.  Liam, the ever-entrepreneur, founded a surfboard company, another roommate started their own hemp farm in Colorado, and I got to work in the honey industry. In 2017, we combined our passions and founded Apis Mercantile to share our hive-inspired hemp products with the world.

Today, we are thrilled to be working and laughing with the same friends that started it all in the Holy City. It truly takes a hive. Thank you for being part of ours.

Bee well,

John Berdux
Apis Mercantile Co-Founder

it all started with a house full of friends

Liam and I first met as teenagers in Richmond, Virginia and found ourselves in Charleston, SC for college. As a port city, Charleston is full of sailors, poets, drifters, day-trippers, musicians, surfers and every other type of person you can imagine. And we soaked it all in. During college, we lived in a house downtown that was filled with friends constantly trying their hands at new and interesting hobbies. Inside we grew the devil's lettuce and in our small backyard, we grew grapes, tomatoes, mint, peppers, and my favorite backyard hobby of all, we established two bee colonies.

living the dream

After graduation, we separated with each of us pursuing our different passions. Liam, the ever-entrepreneur, founded a surfboard company, another roommate started their own hemp farm in Colorado, and I got to work in the honey industry. In 2017, we combined our passions and founded Apis Mercantile to share our hive-inspired hemp products with the world. We infused our first batch of honey with hemp extract and hit the road to promote the brand selling at events like the Boston Freedom Rally, Carolina Surf Film Festival, and many, many more.

we use only the good stuff

When you order from us, you’re ordering from real people. Each Apis Mercantile product is formulated and packaged in our facility in Charleston, SC.

  • CO2 extracted hemp -- no residual solvents
  • hemp grown on small-scale US farms using organic farming practices
  • third-party laboratory analysis to ensure consistency and quality of products
  • in-house product formulation

hemp to the people

Traveling the country to spread the good word about hemp and the incredible products than can be made utilizing hemp extracts has been a dream!

Although, we started with a small backyard apiary, today, we partner with small apiaries and hemp farms to cut out the middle-men.  This business model helps to keep more money in the pockets of the artisan beekeepers and farmers we work with, which means more money for their communities and families. It gives them greater agency and control of their product. Our focus is and always will be on quality, sustainability, and positively impacting the world around us.

It truly takes a hive.  Thanks for being part of ours.

  • Full Spectrum Hemp Tincture
  • Delta 8 THC
  • Hemp Oil Honey
  • Hemp Body Care