MIDLAND (WJRT) -
(04/23/14) - You see her frequently right here on ABC12. Just a few months ago, Michigan-native Ginger Zee became the weekday meteorologist on 'Good Morning America'.
But that's not the only big thing happening in her life. She's tying the knot this year!
ABC12's Rebecca Trylch takes us to Midland to show us how a small part of Ginger's big day is 'Made in Michigan'.
The sneak peek inside a Midland "factory" is by design.
"Thought it was like going up to Mackinac and you see the people making the fudge, well heck, why not just watch us make the candles?" said Scott Coyer.
At Coyer Candle Company, everything is hand-crafted.
"We decided to go with a 100 percent soy product," said Lisa Coyer.
From the base, the wax is heated up, cooled down and hand-poured into each individual jar.
It's been a way of life for Scott and Lisa Coyer since 2008. That's when they decided to spend more time with their family.
"If we can make it through that sort of economy, then we can make it through anything," Lisa said.
In fact - they've survived and thrived. Not only have they moved to a bigger store, they proudly give back 50 percent to organizations or groups through their fundraising program - and now their products are going global.
Coyer candles are sold in Australia, South Korea - and interestingly - China.
"They want a higher class, you know merchandise, and that's made in the United States. So they're purchasing stuff from us, and we're shipping it back to them," Scott said.
Hard work has helped them grow. Now, good luck might be working in their favor too, in the form of a call from a wedding planner who found them on the Internet when searching for 'Made in Michigan' products.
"It was out of the blue," Scott said.
"He said, 'Well who do you watch every morning?' And I'm like, 'Good Morning America', and he said, 'Who's getting married?' I'm like, 'Ginger Zee'," Lisa said.
Ginger now calls New York City home, but she's a Michigan girl at heart.
"It's such a big part of my life, so on this big day, it's important," she said.
The candles we watched the Coyers craft will be gifts for guests at Ginger's northern Michigan wedding - and her Big Apple reception. They're usually labeled 'Costa Rica Rain', but for Ginger's wedding, the scent has fittingly been renamed 'Lake Michigan'.
"The smell is big. I think that's one of those scents you go and you smell, and it smells like home," Ginger said.
"It's a zen-like smell. It's a clean and crisp, sets you at ease, reduces your stress type of smell," Scott said. "I can see why she picked that."
While many details of Ginger and fiance Ben Aaron's wedding are 'hush hush', their wedding planner encouraged the Coyers to think big.
"He said, 'You know, I know this is going to be great for you guys and we want you just to do whatever you can with it because it's a great opportunity,'" Lisa said.
That's why you see a picture of Ginger with a Coyer candle - everywhere.
"So for them, if something great comes of it from the social media or whatever it is, wonderful. I just wanted to pay it forward, to pay back to Michigan," Ginger said.
So will we see these 'Made in Michigan' candles in even more stores soon? We'll just have to wait and see, until happily ever after arrives for Ginger and Ben - and possibly the Coyers, too.
"Who knows who's going to get that candle, see that candle that's at that wedding. A lot of big movers and shakers. So if one person gets that, that's all it takes in this world is one person to like your stuff and, you know, you could have the CEO of a large company in there who gets it and says 'let's put that in 400 stores.' You just don't know," Scott said.
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