I’m Sara Bee, the Bee behind BKKP. I’m not totally sure how I got here, but I’ll do my best to tell the story.
I had a pretty simple life as a high school teacher until I started pole dancing in 2013. Pole dance has changed my life, as I’m sure it has yours. It’s the thing I’m most passionate about… until I made Bee’s Knees Knee Pads.
Bee’s Knees was conceived in January of 2018 when I designed and made my first prototype. With the help of a local cut and sew manufacturer, I tested and revised 10 different samples-- using the feedback of actual pole dancers-- until I got it just right. The first pair of Bee’s Knees Knee Pads came screaming into the world in October just 9 months later.
Because I already had a full time job, I wasn’t at all concerned about making money. My main goal was to offer a thoughtfully designed, well made knee pad without regard for cost or profit. That’s why Bee’s Knees Knee Pads boast the most features of any other pole dance knee pad, and why we were the first knee pad company to offer multiple shades of nude way back in 2019.
I ran my little side hustle, learning as I went, all while still working my full time job as a high school teacher. Trying to keep my pole dance life and my school teacher life separate was exhausting to say the least, and I’d had enough of the job anyway. So I quit.
What timing, huh? A few months later the pandemic hit! And it’s not like I had a plan for what to do next. I had never even paid myself from my business, and I didn’t even know if I could. I’d just been bumbling along selling knee pads and hoping for the best, not really thinking of it as a business at all.
After job hunting and getting nowhere, I decided to hire myself and run Bee’s Knees for real. Since then, I’ve been working non-stop to take this surprisingly very real business to the next level, and the next level is here.
Now, BKKP is bringing to life The Pole Bag, which features organization and storage solutions made to fit the gear that pole dancers carry. And The Floorwork Shrug, designed to ease the shoulder and elbow pain of floorwork, while still maintaining the sleek and sexy look that BKKP is known for.
I’m so glad you’re here. It’s your feedback and encouragement that have made BKKP possible, and I truly hope you love these new offerings. They were made for you, and made for what you do.