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Meet Debra Beach of 1803 Candles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Debra Beach.

Debra, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My vision is, and has always been, to produce a soy candle that is as fragrant when you burn it to the bottom as when you opened the lid.

We were a cottage industry candle company founded in 2006 by myself and my father. In 2005 my dad and I wicked, tested, and poured, wicked, tested, and poured, again and again for a year and a half. When we produced the highest quality soy candle possible it was time to introduce 1803 Candles® to the world.

1803 Candles has grown each year from our beginnings in our garage to an 11,000 square foot warehouse/manufacturing facility with several facility stops in between without wavering from my vision.

My husband and I work side by side at 1803 Candles®; but before 1803 Candles® was born I had a retail store for 12 years. We have a 9-year-old daughter who helps out in the retail store and at 1803 Candles®, just like her big sister did while going to college.

My dad, now 77, wicks all the jars by hand before they are poured. Our soy jar candles are mixed, poured, labeled, wrapped, and packed by the greatest employees in the land! We have 10 employees and many are “moms” working while their children are in school. We have formed positions with the vision of “family first” without sacrificing quality and production. We are fortunate to have our warehouse adjacent to the grade school because we can watch a gaggle of kids walk across the yard to the warehouse after school.

We have expanded into other fragrant goods with the same quality as our soy jar candles. Our products are available in the best stores across the country. If you would like to find an 1803 store check out the Find-a-Store tab on the website. If you do not have a store in your area and you know of one that is a perfect fit for 1803 Candles, let us know and we will contact them.

We hope that you will visit our blog to keep up to date on “all things 1803 Candles”. If at any time you would like to ask a question, please do not hesitate to email us. Thank you for being part of the 1803 Family.

Has it been a smooth road?
I am fortunate to say that growing a little quicker than the room in our facility will hold has been our struggle. But it is a good struggle 🙂

What are you proud of?
I am proud for many things surrounding this business. I am proud of making an American made product, to be a cottage industry business started in a garage.

I am proud that we can employee folks from our community; moms, high school & college students.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We hand mix, hand pour 100% soy candles. We specialize in high quality scented products for the home including, candles, diffusers, linen & room spray, soap, botanicals and wax warmers.

We are known for having some of the most fragrant and true to life scents on the market and a clean burning candle.

I am proud for many things surrounding this business. I am proud of making an American made product, to be a cottage industry business grown from a seed and now is able to employee folks from our community; moms, high school & college students.

We are unique in the fact that we pour 100% soy wax, we do not use paraffin in our mix just pure soy without color. We use fragrance and essential oils for our scents and our candles are fragrant and burn clean.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Chicago is a wonderful city in so many ways. From restaurants, museums, parks, shopping, it exceeds my expectations every time I am downtown. It would be awesome to have a storefront in downtown Chicago – that would be a dream!

We have many shops in the Chicagoland area that carry our candles and we add new dealer accounts everyday.

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