TGIF! This week's family feature spotlight is Buckeye Beard Co, a small company based in Chillicothe that is committed to keeping your beard looking fresh and feeling healthy throughout the day!

Q: What's the story behind your business, and how did you get started?

A: Well, I started growing a beard a couple years ago and I was battling the dreaded "New Beard Itch" so I was looking for something to sort of condition my hair and make it softer and more manageable. I stumbled across beard oil at an upscale men's boutique. I bought a bottle and really liked the product but not the $30 price tag. So I started dabbling in making my own. Eventually I developed a winning formula with all-natural, premium ingredients and started giving it to my friends and family to try. They loved it so I discussed going into business with my fiancee, Mindy, and she was totally cool with it. Mindy is better looking than half of the Buckeye Beard Co. and we are getting married in May!

Q: What makes your products unique?

A: Listen, I get it, the beard is cool with the hipster crowd and I can dig that.  But this is Ohio, so my beard oil is for the hard working men of this state. The ones who get up before dawn and hit the road. The ones who take pride in their craft and know how to get the job done. We're not trying to take over the beard universe, we're just proud of this state and the hard working men who make it happen everyday. Our beard oil is for those guys. We live in Chillicothe, a very blue collar town, and our beard oil and brand reflect the hard working spirit of this region.

Q: What do you like about being part of the Celebrate Local family?

A: Everyone in the Celebrate Local family is really supportive and understanding of the struggles that face small makers like myself. We are really happy to be in Celebrate Local and after the wedding in May, we are going to launch some new and exciting men's products.

You can find Buckeye Beard Co. products at our Easton location and in our online store!