[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/24/art.wtvd.wtvd.jpg caption="Elizabeth Edwards is opening a new store."](CNN) - Elizabeth Edwards, a vigorous proponent of health care reform and the wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, is putting politics aside in her new job.
Edwards officially opened a furniture store in Chapel Hill over the weekend, something she has long wanted to do.
"My mother had a charity store when I was growing up where she got Japanese antiques and sold them," Edwards told CNN affiliate WTVD.
The store, called Red Window, sells a variety of antique pieces at discount prices, Edwards said.
"I try to go to High Point and buy good things at a great price," she told WTVD. "Sometimes that means I've got to buy a lot of them, but then pass the good price along to customers here in Chapel Hill."
John Edwards was also on hand for the store's opening, but refused to answer questions about his political future or the ongoing controversy surrounding his affair onetime campaign aide Rielle Hunter.
"[I am] doing the things I need to do with my family, helping Elizabeth, support what she's doing here," he said.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Edwards dismissed the latest reports on the matter as "tabloid news."
"Tabloid news is tabloid news," she told the station. "We just have a family to run and now a business to run as well, so we just keep our eye on that ball and try to ignore what supermarket tabloids have to say."