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Amy Mike burning her candle at both ends, and loving it.

Amy Mike's love for mixing things, whether it is hair care products or triple-scented candle wax, has made her one of Thibodaux's most notable business leaders. As a young stylist 15 years ago, Mike opened Amy's Beauty Salon in her hometown. In 1999, she decided to hang up her curling iron, instead opting to try her hand at candle-making full-time. That's when Amy's Country Candles got its start. Today, she operates nine outlets across south Louisiana - in Baton Rouge, Covington, Thibodaux and Houma - as well as an Internet store (www.amyscountrycandles.com) and a candle-making factory in Thibodaux. Add to that, the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans exclusively uses and sells her "Gardenia" scene in its hotel. Ironically, Mike initially...

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Business that makes “scents”

Because of the growth of her business, Amy Lassere Keplinger, owner of Amy’s Country Candles, has been recognized as the Louisiana as the Louisiana Economic Development (LED) 2002 Lantern Award Winner for District 3. “I started out in my utility room. I was cutting hair all day and doing candles at night,” she recalls. “It ‘s so good how God has blessed me. Keplinger, former owner of Amy’s Beauty Shop, said because of the demand for her business, she closed her shop and began working on her candle business full time. “If you stick to it, it is amazing what you can accomplish,” the mother of two (daughter and son) – Sonny, 9, and T.C., 11 – said, “Successful people...

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