Colonial Candle of Cape Cod

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Colonial Candle of Cape Cod

In 1970 we visited the Colonial Candle of Cape Cod factory in Hyannis, Massachusetts, for an employment interview so we could learn the craft of candle making. In a small cubicle separated by a sliding panel from a narrow hallway leading to the factory floor, we were interviewed by Mr. Baker, introduced to us as the president of Colonial Candle (the company was founded by Mabel Baker, hand-dipping bayberry taper candles, in 1909). He initially informed us that Colonial Candle had recently been acquired by General Housewares, as part of their decorative accessory division, and that he would be stepping aside shortly. After hearing out our stated desires to learn “the candle business”, he took us on a complete tour of the manufacturing floor, something unheard of today. We saw how everything was made and the names of many of their suppliers. At the end of an hour-long tour, he paused, and suggested: “Go home and start your business. What you will learn here will take two months, and then you would have no reason to stay. Go home and figure it out, and you will be successful.” Several months thereafter we shared lunch with a kind lady in Toronto that owned a wonderful candle shop on Cumberland in that city, and left with several notebook pages filled with candle retailing tips. This was our foundation as budding candle merchants. The Candle Factory and Candles.net would not exist today without Mr. Baker’s advice, and we have been Colonial Candle of Cape Cod retailers for the past thirty-seven years.

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