Our community is comprised of some absolutely brilliant entrepreneurs and so we asked a few of them to tell us the story of how they came up with the ideas for their business.

Jillene Williams | Owner

I always loved candles. I love everything about them. I love the way they smell, the way they light up a room, the ambiance they create and the way your favorite candle can make you feel after a stressful day. Unfortunately, my mom after defeating breast cancer became highly sensitive and allergic to home fragrance items. So much so, that having a highly fragrant unlit candle open near her would trigger a horrible coughing spell. So lighting up candles around her ended. I wanted her to enjoy candles again! I researched to find clean and safe waxes and fragrance oils, instructions on candle-making, and decided to try and make candles for her. I was successful and used coconut wax instead of paraffin wax, and found clean fragrance oils derived from essential oils. From the idea that I could bring a little joy back in her life, even as small as allowing her to enjoy scented candles again, my business was birthed. Read more>>

Nancy Dunitz | Designer & Fair Trader

It was easy. The business I started in 1989 combines so much of what I love. I love traveling and exploring other cultures. Meeting new people, experiencing their lives, their food, their environments has always filled me with joy. I’m crazy for arts and crafts. And I enjoy drawing and making things myself. That and having a pretty good head for numbers led me to develop Dunitz & Company, a fair trade business working with artisans in Guatemala. Read more>>

Sarah Cucinotta | Baker & Chocolatier

I sort of fell into it. I was trying to find something I could make/give to friends around the holidays and was at a craft store, found the aisle with chocolate molds and thought “I could do that”. It took me a few years (and lots of practice and experimenting) to realize it could be more than just a hobby. Only in the last 3 years or so did I finally make the decision to take the further steps and make it an actual business. Read more>>