Shanti Candle Company - Christine Uriarte

Artisan:  Shanti Candle Company

Hi, I’m Christine and Shanti Candle Company is my small business. It all started when I bought my first soy candle at the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market in October of 2017. I loved that candle - the way it smelled, the slow burn, and the cute owl container it was poured in. That’s when I decided that I wanted to create my own hand-poured candle business.

All of my candles are made from 100% soy wax. I have chosen to use soy wax because it is a sustainable and renewable product that supports American farmers. Soy does not contribute to the continued use of fossil fuels.

My favorite items to make are my intention candles. I have approximately 15-20 crystals in use at any time and enjoy researching their respective energies. I match a fragrance to the energy of that crystal, then use food grade or organic botanicals for added decoration. Shanti Candles are made with organic hemp wicks. I can truly stand behind my products because I feel good making them with top quality ingredients! The look on my customers’ faces when they see, smell, and ultimately purchase my candles drive me to continue working so hard at my craft.

I currently sell all of my candle varieties in a few stores, and am always looking for new markets. I have enjoyed the few events I have done with Marketspace Vendor Events over the last year and look forward to the events I have planned with them in the future. The events are well organized and received, and the attendance is amazing. The table fees are reasonable, and I know that they try their best to keep it as low as possible for their artisans. Kim and Kevin are a wonderful couple to work with.

Shanti Candle Company will be at this upcoming event!
May 18, 2019 - Hackettstown Maifest 2019 in Hackettstown, NJ
September 28, 2019 - Hackettstown Oktoberfest 2019 in Hackettstown, NJ

Diana Ulke - Brighter Days Co.

Artisan: Brighter Days Co.

My name is Diana and I am a candle addict. I cannot even count the amount of times my mother yelled at me for burning candles, staining ceilings and curtains with black smoke and soot. I thought to myself, “…black smoke? That definitely can’t be good for your lungs!” I started doing research and with a lot of patience and practice, Brighter Days was born. I am a one woman show, but I have to give my husband credit for letting me turn our home into a candle factory. I pick the candle names, design the labels, and mix the fragrances. I do it all! Having my own business has always been my dream.

Brighter Days Co. candles are handmade and poured locally in New Jersey with 100% natural soy wax and fragrance oils, free of harsh chemicals. The wick is actually a piece of wood! It’s made of an organic native cherry wood and it crackles when it's lit (like having a mini fireplace)! They are vegan and non-toxic and guaranteed to brighten your day! 

My future goal is to partner with small local vendors and businesses to open up a storefront! I want to be able to have my own creative space where I can find inspiration, host workshops and events, meet one-on-one with customers, collaborate, and build my business. I am excited to work with Marketspace Vendor Events, meet new faces and expand my hand-poured candle business all over New Jersey!

Brighter Days will be these upcoming events!
March 31, 2018 - Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington, NJ
April 29, 2018 - Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company in Ewing, NJ
May 19 & 20, 2018 - The Marketspace at Summit in Summit, NJ
June 16, 2018 - Makers in the Vines Festival at Balic Winery in Mays Landing, NJ