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How The Honey Pot's Beatrice Dixon inspired a Phoenix women's group, business and movement

Elizabeth Montgomery
Arizona Republic

Britt Glover was shopping in her neighborhood Fry's grocery store when she noticed some of the feminine care products had anti-theft tags on them. 

Not all the brands had the tag but The Honey Pot, a brand owned by a Black woman, had them, she said. This alarmed Glover, who was a fan of the brand even though she didn’t know at that time that The Honey Pot’s founder and CEO, Beatrice Dixon, also has Phoenix ties.

This was also before the controversy that sprang up when the company was featured in an ad for Target stores during Black History Month.

The store’s added step of security for The Honey Pot products inspired Glover to leave the store and start a movement.

What she did next to show her support

Glover, a Phoenix native and former Miss Black Arizona, said she used the hashtag #wehavereciepts to call out the microaggression.

“Instead of expressing outrage, I wanted to be able to channel that energy and really get behind and support this woman-owned brand that has done so much for women,” Glover said.

She posted the hashtag in the Facebook group she created, "Sistas Seeking PHX." The group was a result of Glover's need to connect with other women during the new coronavirus pandemic.

The group, started in April, now has more than 700 members and Glover has recently launched her own clothing company of the same name.

The mission of Glover's Facebook group and the company is to provide resources and support to Black women in Phoenix. 

Glover also runs the nonprofit, Ally Project PHX, that frequently hosts drives to provide feminine care products to women in need. 

"This gives us a way to get emotional support from other Black women to be able to vent and get tips," Glover said.

The Honey Pot's founder grew up in Phoenix

The Honey Pot Company founder and CEO Beatrice Dixon

Dixon's journey to success made a stop in Phoenix, the city these two women have in common. 

“We moved there when I was 10. My mother had gotten a series of back surgeries and her doctor told her Phoenix was one of the best places to go because the weather is pretty good,” Dixon, who now lives in Atlanta, said.

"Phoenix was good to me, I'm still here, I made it. It gave me what I needed when I needed it."

Dixon went to Greenway High School, where she was part of the Future Business Leaders of America program and Phoenix College.

But she wanted more than what life in the desert offered. She eventually moved to Atlanta and founded The Honey Pot in 2014.

What makes The Honey Pot stand out

The company offers several plant-based feminine care products including washes, wipes, pads and tampons. Washes are one of The Honey Pot's most popular items, Dixon said her grandmother gave her the recipe for it in a dream. 

“Beatrice is my hero and everything that I’m modeling my company, Sistas Seeking PHX behind,” Glover said.

“I love her message for inclusivity for all women, I love that she’s setting out to open doors for little Black girls, and she has an awesome product. That’s three things I’m standing strong behind and wanting to do with my company, too.”

Controversy after the Target ad

Glover is not alone. Women across the country bought The Honey Pot products in droves to support the CEO earlier this year. So much so the company's website is sold out of products.

In February, Dixon was featured in a Target ad as part of the company’s celebrations of Black History Month. During the 30-second commercial, Dixon expressed how difficult it was for her to start The Honey Pot and the importance of its success.

“The reason why it’s so important for The Honey Pot to do well is so the next black girl that comes up with a great idea could have a better opportunity,” Dixon said in the ad.

The comment received negative feedback from some and support from thousands of people like Glover and the women who bought The Honey Pot products due to her efforts.

“This dynamic woman started from her kitchen and worked from the ground up and she is connected to our city and went to Phoenix College, she’s an amazing entrepreneur that should be celebrated,” Glover said.

Elizabeth Montgomery is Arts and Culture Reporter for The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com. Reach her at emontgomery@azcentral.com or 602-444-8764. Follow her on Twitter @emontnews. Support local journalism. Subscribe to azcentral.com today.