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Attorney's side job creates quite a buzz

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Paul Maney's bread and butter is by the books.

"By day, I'm a family law attorney," he said.

But his side job is a little sweeter. He's a beekeeper.

"There are judges and bailiffs and lawyers that buy honey from me," he laughed.

Maney's slashing his two hives a short hike from his day job. They're planted right on the rooftop of his firm's downtown Tampa office.

At peak season, the hives buzz with more than 60,000 busy bees. They work around the clock, producing about 70 pounds of honey per hive, twice a year.

Once it's time to clean out each frame, Maney calls on the real worker bees: his three kids. They help process, package, and sell each batch.

"My favorite part of the honey is putting it on my toast every morning and selling it to our neighbors and friends," Maney's son, Ryan, said Tuesday.

The Maney's brand, Tampa Urban Honey, sells out as soon as it comes in. The proceeds are stashed away for the kids' future.

"They save it all and it goes into savings for college for them," mom Lori Maney said.

It's a sweet business model from start to finish, keeping the kids' ambitions buzzing and fears flying away.

"Why would I be scared of bees? They're just really fun. They're really cool!" Ryan Maney smiled.

The Maney's mainly sell their honey to friends and neighbors, door-to-door. But their Tampa Urban Honey brand is now making its way to store shelves at downtown Tampa's Duckweed Market.

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