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A Local, Small Business in Hazard, KY

Coal Country Candles

We are Randy & Shannon Gabbard, owners of Coal Country Candles located in the small town of Hazard, in southeastern Kentucky, the heart of coal country.

Coal was the primary industry in our region for many years. Shannon's grandfather lost his life in a mining accident before she was born, leaving her grandmother with 13 of their 16 children still at home to support. Shannon's father was a retired coal miner. When we started our business, we wanted to pay tribute to her family's background and the historic importance of coal to our region. 

With the decline of the coal industry, downtown revitalization and support for small businesses has been vital to our economic development. We are grateful for the multiple organizations, including Invest 606, SOAR, The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, and The Mountain Association who provide support & services to help entrepreneurs like us succeed. It is exciting to be one of many new businesses who have opened in Hazard, KY over the last few years.

Our Products

All of our candles and wax tarts are hand-poured in small batches, using 100% natural soy wax and high quality fragrance oils.  We are constantly on the lookout for new scents and products.  We proudly offer a variety of scents including local, Appalachian, and unique scents that you won't find just anywhere!  

In addition to our storefront and website, our products are also available through our fundraiser program and if you are a business owner, we also offer our products wholesale. Reach out to us for more information!

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