JACKSON, Ky (WYMT) - One of the best parts of taking a trip is picking out a souvenir. For many, they look for something locally made that represents what a particular area is all about.
Tina and Tony Edwards are a Breathitt County couple using their land to make products they hope will give our area's economy a boost.
Tina Edwards needed a hobby. Then one day, she burned a candle and it hit her.
"I actually Googled how to make soy candles and I was like hey, I can actually do that. It is my hobby," said Tina Edwards.
More than six months later, her candle-making business Taste of Country Candles has taken off.
"There is a sense of pride in selling something that you have put your time and effort in," said Tina Edwards.
Candles are not all the Edwards are putting their time and effort into. Tina's husband Tony grows vegetables in the backyard and sells them at local farmers markets.
"People have got to eat and you know, why not give them food that is grown locally," said Tony Edwards.
But his latest project, beekeeping, could help his wife out even more.
"They do not take a tremendous amount of time and they are neat critters to look at and watch but then they produce honey. They produce wax and you can use wax in candles so maybe that is something my wife and I can team up together," said Tony Edwards.
The two tell WYMT their "Made in Appalachia" products are all to help better the area's struggling economy while also promoting eastern Kentucky.
"When you find something that you know that is hand made from the area you were in, there is something that is special about that. It is different and you feel more connected I think," said Tina Edwards.
Both Tony and Tina Edwards attended Monday's event in Knott County where the Appalachian Proud initiative was announced.
If you'd like to purchase one of Tina Edward's Taste of Country Candles products, you can call 606-295-2829.