My interests in all things "Country" started when I was a little girl spending my summers on Grandma's Farm and it was always my little girl dream to have my very own Country Home on a farm somewhere in the country. I loved my parents and five brothers but did not want to be in town where we lived at the time. I wanted to be helping my Grandma in the garden planting seeds, picking fruits and vegetables, smelling fragrant flowers, catching firefly's, listening to crickets while trying to fall asleep and sewing and baking in that old fashioned Grandma's Kitchen. Those memories are vivid and I will always treasure them and hold them close to my heart.
After I was done school, backpacked across Europe visiting thirteen countries, skied both the Alps and Rockies in the U.S. and Canada, I decided to settle in the city and start my working career as a clothing designer. I loved living in the city, I was young, energetic and rated as one of the top four clothing designers in Canada! A few short years went by and I decided to move out of the city and back to the area where I grew up, Tillsonburg and Norfolk County. I brought with me my sewing skills and experience, got married and opened two of my own clothing/gift stores. Along with my husband Peter, we decided to sell candles in the stores. I loved candles and the fragrances were so reminiscent of those earlier days back in Grandma's Kitchen and life on the farm.
At the time we were selling different types of candles but for some unknown reason we decided that we should start manufacturing our own candle line for our stores. (Must have been my creative spirit). We did just that and they were a hit! When we first had this idea we spent a lengthy time figuring out the process of making candles in our kitchen and garage. After two years we finally developed a product that we felt was worthy of competing against even the best candles that were already being sold in the marketplace. Next step - what to name our new found business? We were thinking of all sorts of different names but when it came down to it what else could it be than Country Home, after all this is what I love and had dreams about.
It was not long after our launch that other stores from outlying areas were inquiring about where these Country Home Candles were coming from - our wholesale business was started. We focused on selling to small family owned retail stores both in the city but more commonly in small towns all across Canada. Since we had already some success as retailers with our own stores we knew some of the attributes that made a good supplier and we wanted to reflect that in our business. The main thing that came out of this was that not only did retailers expect great products and service, they wanted and needed exclusivity to make them stand out in their town or area of the city with unique products. We decided to build our business around this concept, protect our retailers and guaranteeing them that our products would never, never be sold in the big mass market stores that were helping to dismantle small town main streets across our country.
Now after more than twenty years, three beautiful talented daughters, four dogs and three cats we do live in the country on a small farm property and we still own and operate Country Home Candle. Our factory and distribution is located on five acres in the heart of rural Norfolk County where both of our family roots run deep. Coincidently, Peter's Grandfather and Mother both went to school in the one room school house that once graced the property where our factory and store now sit.
A lot has changed in our industry since those early days when we first started out. Big box stores, cross-border shopping, imports and e-commerce have all changed the way we all shop today. The internet especially has changed everyone's lives one way or another. For us, to stay up to date and current in the business world we do sell on this website. However, we also use the website and all of the means of social media as a modern way of marketing our business and educating about our products. If you are on this website for information only, that is great. If you are not interested or comfortable shopping online simply call us and we can refer you to one of our great retail partners who is closest to you.
In the future we look forward to developing many more new products, new fragrances and most importantly new friendships along the way. Whether it is the final consumer of our products or our retail partners, we want to do the very best in terms of product quality, customer service and value. All of our candle products are still handcrafted by our artisan candle makers that have been with us for years, no big automated machinery in our factory.
Many of our customers have been with us for over twenty years and needless to say have become dear friends that we have a tremendous amount of gratitude for. We have a number of new and exciting projects happening in our business that I know you will like. I invite you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. (None of these were around 20 years ago, who would of thought!)
If you have any fragrance and product ideas, requests or comments please do not hesitate to contact me directly. I love talking and writing to people from all over, you know it does get quiet here in the country sometimes!
Thank you for everything, I truly am blessed and I look forward to sharing more of my Country Home dream.
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(Many people have asked about our dogs in the picture. Maui is our Golden Retriever and Duke is our Flat Coat Retriever.)