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

Emily Gunselman - Birch House Candles

Hello! I am Emily Gunselman, owner and creator of Birch House Candles. I am a wife and mother of 2 and I craved having something to call my own. Out of a love for beautiful things and an obsession with candles, I began to develop a handmade soy candle luxury that anyone and everyone would be excited to gift and keep for themselves. The journey has also inspired me to educate on the benefits of burning soy and the self-care aspect of relaxation that comes with burning a candle.

Birch House Candles is a small-batch hand-poured soy candle company. Each candle is made entirely by hand. We use renewable U.S. grown soy wax, which burns cleaner, eco-friendly and non-toxic cotton wicks and premium phthalate-free fragrance oils. We sell a 11.5 oz glass candle and a 8oz tin in a variety of seasonal fragrances. A few of our best sellers are the sweet grapefruit, which is an uplifting blend of tangerine and grapefruit, and in the fall our apple maple bourbon is a huge hit, mixing the classic apple scent with an unexpected maple and bourbon twist. So many exciting fragrances to make your house feel like a home! Each purchase is packaged in a silver bag with bow and label, perfect for easy gifting!

I am super excited to learn about Marketspace Vendor Events and partner with them to boost my customer base as well as other crafters in the community. My goal for my brand is to broaden my customer reach and become a known soy candle company. It is refreshing to see a company like Marketspace for the sole purpose of making better events for customers and vendors alike. I look forward to see how this community will evolve. Thanks for including me!