Congratulations, 2024 Graduates!

👩‍🎓 Our co-founder, Sandra Gross, had the honor of giving the commencement speech to the Class of 2024 at Miami Ohio University’s College of Creative Arts last Sunday!

“For the past ten years- I have immersed myself in a few subjects. One of them being BEES. Besides learning that there are 500 different bee species alone in Ohio – I always thought that Bees will buzz around and land on any flower, collect pollen and nectar and move on. Actually though, most bees specialize in specific colors,season, forms (maybe they took my visual fundamentals class) and some even – type of plant. They even know if a plant has been pollinated recently by another bee and will go to the next flower. Even more amazing is that if it is the right plant and the right time, when the bee is inside gathering nectar, the pollen will attach itself to the bee. They seem to be the masters of making their time matter, not wasting it and only choosing the flower that suits them.

🙌 As you all go from experience to experience, you will attract lots of things like the Bees attract Pollen. These could even be mundane events – like for me meeting a friend of a friend at my studio one day who happens to be a chef…Pay attention to which ones stick, what keeps coming up for you, what attracts you, what repels you. We create value by solving problems – even moreso when we can have a cultural, social, or environmental impact.

…Your faculty, fellow students, and your family who have supported you throughout your numerous journeys cannot wait to see what life you create, and neither can I. Congratulations class of 2024!”


“You can find my family eating breakfast at Sleepy Bee… A lot. Great spot to fuel up for the day, especially with their buttermilk pancakes.”

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🌸 Ah, springtime! With pollen pants at the ready, our little friends embark on their crucial mission of pollinating our food: fruits like apples, oranges, and strawberries, and vegetables such as cucumbers, tomatoes, and zucchinis. As the days grow longer and the nectar flows abundantly, bees also begin the diligent process of honey production, which we get to witness firsthand at our sister business Brazee Studios, where our founder Sandy personally tends to beehives.

🐝 Spring also happens to be a pivotal time here at Sleepy Bee Cafe. We enjoy bountiful harvests from nearby farms, who bring us pure maple syrup, asparagus, kale, and soon, strawberries. We also prepare for our biggest day of the year, Mother’s Day! Mother’s Day truly is the ultimate brunch holiday, which means even more to us as a business headed by three tenacious, hardworking mothers.

👑 Although we don’t have one single Queen Bee like our pollinator friends, we emulate the spirit of collaboration and dedication in their hives. Just as bees work tirelessly for the greater good of their hive, our team collaborates with unwavering dedication to ensure every dish is sourced and crafted with care, and every guest is greeted with warmth. As we buzz with excitement for the abundance of spring and the joy of celebrating mothers everywhere, we invite you to join us in honoring the hardworking Queen Bees in your life. Whether it’s with a delicious brunch or a heartfelt thank you, let’s celebrate the sweetness of spring together, and revel in the abundance of the season!

WOW- thank you Cincinnati! We are honored to be voted as Best Breakfast for five years in a row, from 2019 to 2024, along with Best Brunch and Best Gluten Free Options.

Citybeat Best of Cincinnati – Reader’s Poll Awards

Best Breakfast:
Sleepy Bee Cafe
First Watch
Sugar n’ Spice
The Echo
Original Pancake House
Taste of Belgium
Maplewood Kitchen and Bar
Blue Jay Diner

Best Brunch
Sleepy Bee Café
First Watch
Taste of Belgium
Maplewood Kitchen and Bar
National Exemplar
Greyhound Tavern
Coppin’s at Hotel Covington

Best Gluten Free Selections:
Sleepy Bee Cafe
Galactic Fried Chicken
Aladdin’s Eatery