By Kayla Matthews
A small business reaching a successful milestone is a heartwarming story for anyone to hear. In Canada, one such business has reached new heights by selling candles, essential oils and other bath and body products both locally and online.
Demand grew so much in 2019 alone that production has ramped up further than ever before. Now, its retail partners are having a hard time keeping their products on shelves. For any business looking to make it big, C&C Candle Co. is a fantastic success story to learn from.
Offerings From C&C Candle Co.
The Alberta, Canada-based C&C Candle Co. makes wide range of products. It carries three different collections of candles, three different types of essential oils, bath bombs, bath salts and a whole range of supplies to make candles. Helping other candlers learn to make DIY products has been a significant boost for C&C Candle Co.’s target demographic.
Another lesson we all can learn from C&C Candle Co. is how open the company is to questions and feedback. If you're trying to learn how to make candles or have recommendations for new products, their lines are always open. They even offer a men's line called Gentlemen's Torch that's still new, but has products most other candlers don't usually carry.
The owner of C&C Candle Co., Bridget Calvank, has been making these candles for 15 years. Only when demand rose to staggering heights in early 2019 did she decide to branch out into full-scale production. Now she has two locations, one being a 6,400-square-foot manufacturing facility.
“In the last year we have grown very quickly due to the overwhelming success we have had with London Drugs,” Calvank told Retail Insider. “We started out with five products in September 2018 and have quickly expanded to 24 products in all 80 of their locations as of August 2019!”
“I believe one of the biggest reasons for this [success] is we custom design the product to go into the stores so it's always different and unique for each retailer,” Calvank says. “Making their clients come back to them for that product again and again. Plus we manufacture the products right here in Calgary, so we can control the quality and it matters to the customer that we are Canadian. We have also recently engineered our packaging to be 100% recyclable as of July 2019 we are the first in our industry to do this.”
“When I started out in my basement almost 20 years ago it started as a hobby,” Calvank says, “but I always knew I wanted to make it into more because I loved the idea of making people feel great when they used our products.”
If you're in the Calgary area, you can find C&C Candle Co. at Unit 19 2015 32 Avenue Northeast. If not, you can still buy any of their products online, but don't forget discount codes. All online orders are 2% off when you use the promo code ONLINE. You can also get 5% off online orders of over $300 by using the promo code 300.
No matter what you decide to order or how you want to buy, C&C Candles Co. makes the shopping experience easy, personal and fun. For those thinking about getting into candle-making, this might be one of the best resources you could find. C&C Candle Co. already helps out its local community.
Calvank says C&C Candles Co. will be at the Spruce Meadows Christmas Market all three weekends in November this year. “[I]t’s our first year there and we are hoping for a great success,” she says.
If you want to follow their journey, connect to C&C Candle Co. on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email or just use the chat menu option on their website. Depending on your circumstances, you can find them wherever or whenever you need help.
Kayla Matthews is a researcher, writer and blogger covering topics related to technology, smart gadgets, the future of work and personal productivity. She is the owner and editor of ProductivityTheory.com and ProductivityBytes.com. Previously, Kayla was a senior writer at MakeUseOf and contributing freelancer to Digital Trends. Kayla's work on smart homes and consumer tech has also been featured on Houzz, Dwell, Inman and Curbed. Additionally, her work has appeared on Quartz, PRNewswire, The Week, The Next Web, Lifehacker, Mashable, The Daily Dot, WIRED and others.