Today we’d like to introduce you to Halee Kalevitch and Andrea Kelley.
Halee and Andrea, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Bear Necessities Co is a family-owned CBD naturals company based out of San Diego, California. Our philosophy is very simple: CBD is good for you. It’s great for the environment, it’s great for your skin, and it’s great for your health. It’s a staple that’s, unfortunately, missing from most family medicine cabinets and bathroom counters, and we’re setting out to change that.
We’re Andrea & Marcus and Halee & Tyler. We’re two couples, each with two boys. Fate brought us all to San Diego at the same time, where Halee & Andrea met working at a tanning spa many moons ago. Somewhere down the line, we all realized that things weren’t the way they should be. Work shouldn’t keep us away from our kids. Work should allow us to spend more time with our children and help build a world that’s better and brighter for them.
That’s exactly how Bear Necessities Co came about. We’re all fans of the benefits of CBD and cannabis-infused products. They’ve enhanced our lives and the lives of people we care about. We’re big believers in hard work and making a difference in the world. We all wanted to set positive examples for our children and show them that hard work and dedication to the right things pay off in life.
One day, while Halee and Andrea’s boys were playing together, they realized that Bear Necessities Co was what they wanted most in life. Since all four members of the team had a business background, it only felt reasonable to embark on a journey that embodied our shared values. We went from becoming CBD fanatics to CBD entrepreneurs, learning every in and out of the business. Everything, down to meticulous choices in packaging design, was uphill labor of love. There was a lot to do but in the words of Beyonce, “A winner don’t quit on themselves!”
Reaching the point where we can see everything we’ve done behind the scenes becomes a reality is surreal, fulfilling, and monumental. We’re grateful that we’ve been able to accomplish what we’ve set our minds to, and even more grateful that the messaging and products that we’re putting out into the world will help others enjoy a better quality of life.
When we’re not spending time with our kids at our family-owned business, we’re at the beach, hiking with our dogs, and obnoxiously singing along to our favorite music. Bear Necessities Co is a part of our family, and by extension, you are too.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There will always be the struggle of teaching the community the difference between CBD and THC because we are family-friendly it is important that parents are confident they are not giving their child something that will get them high. We know that there is a lot of information floating around the internet surrounding CBD and we want to help our community navigate through the “filler information” and directly to what matters to them and how it can enhance their wellbeing!
Other than that we are really seeing huge growth with a lot of amazing reviews and product responses so we really are SO grateful and ready for the next step!
Please tell us about your business. What should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
All four of us owners have been in sales before this and have had to sell things we really weren’t passionate about but Bear Necessities Co isn’t something we have to “sell” it is what it is and what it is, is AMAZING!
We currently are all working hard to get things to the next level of our business and get our products in front of as many people as possible! We are very proud of the fact that we are four hardworking parents just trying to give our boys the best quality, all while teaching them to get their hands dirty and make things happen for themselves, waiting around for someone else isn’t what we are about!
Our brand is known for being HERE for our community, customers and even those who just have a few CBD questions – WE ARE HERE TO HELP! We know our products are high quality and have the lab tests to back it up, this is why we are able to really focus on making connections with our community members!
We are also very proud of the fact that our CBD particles are NANO-SIZED! This gives the CBD the ability to actually be absorbed through the skin layers to the source of the problem, no more waiting for the sticky, oily, lotion to never absorb!
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is when we are able to sit down and fully breathe knowing our kids are financially stable as well as our community educated on the amazing enhancements CBD can have on everyone’s lives! It doesn’t really come down to a dollar amount or a certain level of notoriety – we only want to help others while building a life for our family!