National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW) this year is themed the #FacesOfTravel so we’re exploring the individuals behind-the-scenes at several of our visitor-related businesses. Learn more about Becky Starr, who knows how to manage mead operations, seemingly effortlessly. One of Starr’s secrets is a sense of humor; she’s always smiling and friendly, a must in our industry. Becky has shared many of Starrlight’s plans (when they needed to be kept secret for a bit) with the CVB, which makes it even more exciting to share the unveiling of their news, milestones, and accolades over the years.
Becky owns and operates Starrlight Mead with her husband, Ben.
What is your current title? What are your official, and unofficial, job duties?
Meadery owner, Tasting Room Manager, Unofficial Wearer of Many Hats
Duties – Small business owners do it all: bookkeeping, marketing, strategic planning, merchandising, sales, human resources, maintenance/janitorial.
Where have you worked/which jobs have you had before now?
Most of my background is in retail management and corporate training. My last corporate job was as a National Training Manager for a company that made robotic pill counting machines for pharmacies.
What makes you happiest at your job?
I love meeting new people and sharing with them our passion and love of something that they may not have experienced before (mead). It’s fun to watch people’s faces light up when they first try our product and it’s nothing like what they expect.
What keeps you at this job and in this county?
I believe we want to succeed and keep extending our goals once we achieve those we’ve set. The region in which we live and work is diverse and creative, which inspires us in addition to our passion for making incredible mead.
What do you find most special/significant about this destination (either Chatham County or your specific place of business or both)?
You can’t find mead just anywhere…yet! So many people haven’t had a chance to try mead before, and yet, many people have heard of it. I love that we are making something that is not only different, but that is different from what people expect it to be.
We purchase all of our honey from local beekeepers, so we’re intimately connected to the taste of the location. Honey, and thus mead, created in a different location will taste completely different.
Chatham County is amazingly diverse. It’s the perfect place for our business because it’s a unique combination of farmers, artists, dreamers, and hippies. We also really enjoy collaborating with other small businesses – such nice, dedicated people!