A loan of $5,000 helped purchase soap molds, drying trays, a dolly and a labeling machine in order to increase production to expand into the wholesale market.


Abbey's story

I've been making candles since I was in high school. It started first as a hobby, then grew into a full-fledged business. After graduation, I traveled the country selling my candles at Renaissance fairs, returning to my home in Rockford to produce inventory during the cold months. In 2013, I combined my previous business experience with my illustration degree (I design all of my logos, labels and signage) and created Milwaukee Candle and Apothecary with my boyfriend Adam.

As the business grew through 2014, our kitchen quickly became too small to handle the demands of production. The entire house was overrun with equipment, supplies, and finished products. In January of this year, we secured a workspace in Washington Heights, with an attached space that will eventually become a showroom and retail space. The landlord owns several properties along Vliet Street, and has a vision of accelerating the revitalization of the neighborhood by bringing upscale businesses to that stretch. We’re committed to social improvement, so partnering up with him is a very exciting opportunity!

Recently I left my job to focus on growing my business. It’s thrilling (that’s what you call equal parts excitement and terror, right?), and now that we have a dedicated space to work in, we think we’re poised to really take off!



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About Milwaukee Candle and Apothecary

Industry: Retail
Years in operation: 1 year - 3 years
Website: milwaukeeapothecary.com

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