We had the good fortune of connecting with Madison Anderholt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madison, how do you think about risk?
Taking risks is a very scary thing. I was never a risk taker. I always stuck to what I am comfortable with, what I know, and what comes naturally to me. I am a teacher by day, which is what comes naturally to me so starting Olive & Co. was way out of my comfort zone. The whole process of Olive & Co. was a risk. From buying all the supplies, to turning our house into a candle factory, to opening up to people about myself and a passion I have was all a risk. When starting something new, you never know what others will think about it. I believe everything happens for a reason and if I wouldn’t have taken the risk of starting Olive & Co. then I wouldn’t be where I am today and I wouldn’t have made the friends and connections I have made with other fellow business owners. Olive & Co. was a huge risk. I didn’t know if I would even be successful! It’s scary starting something new and taking that risk and leap of faith.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Olive & Co. Candles provides a diverse number of waxes, scents, and vessels to make your home a special place. Shortly after starting my business, I found that there is a demand for more than your typical candle. Wanting to set myself apart from others, I have expanded my candles from 100% soy wax in a glass jar to 100% pure beeswax candles, handmade concrete jars, and unique wooden bowls. I have also learned how to create one of a kind scents that makes Olive & Co. special. Each scent is handmixed from various scents to create a unique blend and balance.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in Bakersfield, CA which is a city filled with a hard working heritage of agriculture and oil. Located about 2 hours north of the San Fernando Valley, between Fresno and Los Angeles. Bakersfield gets a bad wrap and is usually referred to as “the town we drive through to get to San Fransisco”; but has so many unique small businesses that are hidden gems. I am a huge fan of supporting local, so I would take my friend to all the local spots in town!
To start off the day, I would take my best friend to Cloud 9 Coffee Co. Cloud 9 is unique in that they make their flavor syrups in house! Plus the owner is an amazing and charitable person in our community.
We would then drive to Kernville and go on a 2-4 mile hike to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful wildflowers growing in the Kern River Canyon.
For lunch we would go to Moo Creamery. Moo Creamery has the best burgers, french fires, and homemade ice cream! The employees are personable and nice, which creates a wonderful experience.
After lunch, would go to the newest wine bar in town. Campo is owned by a wonderful couple who have such a passion for wine and teaching our community about it’s benefits and origins.
For dinner we would go to Mexicali, a historic mexican restaurant in downtown Bakersfield.
To end the night with dessert, we would go to Dewars. They have amazing ice cream and marshmallow sauce!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Olive (my childhood dog) deserves recognition to the story of Olive & Co. Olive & Co. started on February 24, 2020 as a tribute to my childhood dog named Olive. I lost Olive in 2013 and always told myself I would honor her name somewhere, somehow.
In August, 2019 I was in a dark, unhappy place; I had hit my rock bottom. Long story short…I was rushed to the hospital one night with a heart rate over 180bpm. I was eventually diagnosed with anxiety. The whole time I was there, I was terrified, which led to more triggers. I couldn’t stop thinking about Olive while I was there. I knew that once I was better, I would honor her name because she is what got me through 24 hours of the hospital.
I started making candles one day in January 2020 with my mom. It was the first time I didn’t think about my anxiety. I did tons of research and eventually had over 100 candles in my bedroom. My husband, Dylan, told me I should start a business and see where it takes me. I immediately knew this was my tribute to Olive. Everything about the process of candle making reminded me of Olive. It gave me a closeness to her.
Photos taken by Creatiful Co.