Dee Dee Taylor was born in Middletown, Ohio. She graduated from Lebanon High School and attended The College of Mount St. Joseph. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies and had an exemplary career in Ohio and Kentucky as a paralegal/office manager. She became a permanent resident to Middletown, Kentucky in 2010 to be with her now husband, John Taylor and his daughter (now her daughter as well). Her family jokes about how she left Middletown only to still live in Middletown.
Her husband, John, suffers from Grand Mal seizures. The pharmaceutical drugs he was taking to control the debilitating episodes were not working and their negative side effects were taking a toll on his health. Dee Dee urged John to find a natural alternative, which led to a discovery that would be life-changing for both of their careers. John traveled west to learn about CBD oils and learned how to make them. Once he began using the products, his seizures stopped for 5 years and he has only had 4 seizures in the last 11 years. In 2014, when Kentucky started their Hemp Pilot program, John and his business partner were the first to be licensed as processors. They’ve since been in business making quality, safe products with Kentucky Hemp.
After experiencing debilitating anxiety with panic attacks, Dee Dee started using John’s CBD oil and noticed a remarkable difference. So in 2016, Dee Dee switched career paths to focus full time on the hemp business. She started setting up a booth at fairs and festivals around town as KY Beauty and Wellness. She didn’t set out to be in the alternative medicine field, but has found her calling and passion. She loves to learn about new advances in the hemp industry and has made it her personal mission to eliminate the stigma that is associated with hemp.
Dee Dee now owns 502 Hemp Wellness Center, Louisville’s premier hemp boutique. She recently opened 270 Hemp Wellness Center in Owensboro, and is Co-owner of 502 Wellness, LLC. She plans to expand and have even more locations across the Commonwealth where she can continue to provide education and quality products to those in need.
Dee Dee was awarded the 2019 Strong Woman Leader Award by the Prospect Chamber and was recognized as the Top 20 People to Know in the Health Care industry in Louisville’s Business First, January 2019 edition.
502 Hemp won the 2020 Leo Reader’s Choice Award for Best CBD Oil and Best CBD oil and 2019 Leo Reader’s Choice award for Best Place to Buy CBD oil, Best CBD Oil and Best New Store/Business in Louisville. 502 Hemp was chosen as the 2020 Neighborhood Favorite in Nextdoor. 502 Hemp – La Grange won a Best of Oldham County award for 2019 in the Health and Wellness category. 502 Hemp is also the Official Hemp/CBD Product Partner for the Kentucky Derby Festival for 2019, 2020 and 2021.