"It's very exciting for our little business and it makes me really proud of what we have accomplished so far."
Amy Wright grew up in the South Walton area, as did her dad, and could not get the beach out of her blood.
In 2013, Wright's dad got sick and was hospitalized, and she searched for a way to get back to her sandy roots.
When Wright saw nurses in the hospital use honey as part of her dad's wound-care ritual, it sparked inspiration.
"My family has always been into bees and honey, and when I saw that, I thought maybe I could use that and start a business," Wright recalled.
Thus was launched The Honey Hutch.
For many years Wright's grandfather led the family in beekeeping. The family kept bees and bottled their honey and sold it by the honor system from her grandmother's hutch on the front porch. Hence the name, The Honey Hutch.
Wright began taking her honey, as well as candles, lotions, and beauty products made using honey, to farmers' markets and a few local vendors, and they began to sell.
While at a trade show in New York City earlier this year, Wright met an editor from Oprah Winfrey's O magazine.
"We talked for a while and I sent her some of the products," said Wright.
After using them, O editors asked to feature Wright and her products in their magazine. She is featured in the August edition on the stands now.
"When I first found out, I was so excited that my heart skipped a beat," she said. "I have received a lot of new orders and we are expanding."
Currently, Honey Hutch products are in 156 retail stores in 31 states.
Wright's dad still helps her with her bees. They have about 100 hives on any given year, and she has a bottling facility off County Road 393N.
"I am still so giddy," said Wright. "It's very exciting for our little business and it makes me really proud of what we have accomplished so far."
Visit her online at www.thehoneyhutch.com.