An apiarist sounds like someone who spins in the air or floats on clouds. To me, at least. But it's actually the term for a beekeeper, one who keeps bees to collect honey or pollen or wax. I know several people who've romanticized the notion. Perhaps it's the happening duds: the white boxy suit, the square mesh mask. It's such a rad look.
We once had so many bees in our wall that it was hot to the touch and we had to call an apiarist to come and get them. But that's really not the point here. The point is maybe you have romanticized the bee life, the white outfit, the fresh honey. And if you have then I can tell you where to go to learn more, and get your supplies, even the snazzy outfit.
City Farmer's in City Heights is a store I love for so many reasons: their magical gardens, their sleepy dog, their canning supplies. And we can add one more thing to that list. They have all the goods necessary to become an apiarist—wood hives, feeders, comb foundations and, yes, the cool pith helmet.
If you'd like to read more about beekeeping before you jump on in, you should stop by The Grove in South Park and head to the back right booth where a vendor has set up a little bee "station" with a few books and inspiring bee art. It is in these books that you will be reminded that you only need one Queen Bee, some drones and, like, 40,000 worker bees to get started.