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Cloister Honey

Charlotte, NC
Category: Food
Award: Best Use of a Rooftop
Year Won: 2014
Pick: Editor's Pick

When Joanne Young gave her husband, Randall York, a beehive for Christmas in 2007, she unknowingly laid the foundation for Cloister Honey. The couple has hives scattered throughout Charlotte, including their own backyard. But there’s nothing like the view from the one atop the 18th floor of the Ritz-Carlton, where 100,000 honeybees reside in two hives, overlooking uptown. The Ritz uses the honey (70 pounds produced annually) for its spa scrubs and the honey-pecan ice cream served at Bar Cocoa.