{We Believe}

We believe in family.
We believe in the American dream.
We believe in using American made products. 
We believe in using soy to support America’s soybean farmers, to help keep the Earth green, and to keep our customers homes’ chemical-free.
We believe in providing exceptional customer service.
We believe in creating candles that celebrate people, places, and things our customers love.
We believe in handcrafting.
We believe in shopping local.
We believe in the beautiful retail stores who have selected our candle collections for their customers.
We believe in having a passion for what you do, and doing it well.
We believe in giving back to the communities we serve, and helping others achieve their dreams.
We believe in enjoying the small things.
We believe in sweet fragrances and beautiful light.
Most of all, we believe in YOU, our sweet fans, friends, family, supporters, and customers.

Thank you to everyone who has given us the opportunity to fill your home with sweet fragrances and beautiful light.  

Candle fans, we encourage you to give us a try, and join the many fans who have enjoyed the Bay Candle Co. experience.  You’ll find that our candles are different.  They are hand poured in refurbished outbuildings on a beautiful family farm by individuals who have a passion and love for the art of candle-making.  They are handcrafted with beautiful, smooth soy wax, a renewable, chemical-free resource.  Every piece of material used to create our candles is American made, including the jars, wicks, accessories, and the materials used in the factory.

We donate a portion of each candle sale to our Brightening the Lights of Success Scholarship Fund, and we will award our scholarships to two recipients each year, one traditional undergraduate student and one adult student.

We proudly support the local retail stores who have graciously selected us to showcase our candles in their stores.  We encourage our fans to shop local, and show love to our talented and amazing retail store owners.

We believe in providing exceptional customer service, and we believe that each customer, retail store owner, and supporter of Bay Candle Co. is a member of our family.

We believe in our candles and the sweet and pleasant memories they create.  We believe in handcrafting a quality candle that looks beautiful, smells wonderful, and provides moments of sweet peace and happiness for our customers.

We believe that everyone has the potential to follow their dreams, and we are here to tell YOU, our sweet fans, that we believe in YOU.  Live your dreams, follow your passions, and enjoy the small things.

Candle fans, we encourage you to give Bay Candle Co. a try and learn why we are different.  We know you have many candle choices, and we want to be your candle company of choice.  We stand behind our candles and the precious people, places, and things they celebrate.  We understand that purchasing a candle online is unique as you are unable to open the lid and smell the sweet fragrances for yourself, and we are happy to provide a full refund should you decide the candle you order from us may not meet your expectations.  So, go ahead, give us a try!  Find out why fans, CEOs of companies such as The Vintage Pearl and PoshTots, customers, and retail store owners have described our candles as:

“Amazing!” ~ “Beautiful experiences in fragrance and light” ~ “Yummy!”

“The best smelling candles ever!” ~ “Smells so good I could eat it!” ~ “Perfect!”

“The best candle company ever!” ~ “They smell wonderful!” ~ “They make great gifts!”

“Awesome!” ~ “Love it!” ~ “Incredible!”

See our reviews in our online store, on our Facebook page, and on our website.  We could not be more grateful for the wonderful feedback we’ve received.

Candle fans, we look forward to welcoming you to the Bay Candle Co. family!  YOU are our inspiration, and we look forward to continuing to design and deliver to you the most unique, handcrafted candles on the market.

From our family to yours, thank you!  We appreciate you spending a few minutes of your precious time checking out Bay Candle Co., and we are grateful for you.

Take care sweet friends,

~The Bay Candle Co. family

See our list of Retail Stores in Virginia and North Carolina here.  Visit our Online store here.  Stay up to date with the latest from the Bay Candle Co. family on our company Facebook page here.

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Thank you, sweet friends, family, fans, and customers!

Sweet friends, fans, customers, and retail partners of Bay Candle Co., thank you all so much for your incredible support since we launched Bay Candle Co.!  You all are amazing, and we are incredibly grateful and lucky to be among such wonderful people.

What an incredible journey this has been!  This all started with one design and a dream and has turned into much more than we could have ever have imagined.  We are located in 9 stores throughout Virginia and North Carolina and growing!  We have 7 candle designs (soon to be 12 in October) and 3 Collections!  We have been featured on several blogs, in Virginia Living Magazine, and have partnered with some amazing companies for some wonderful joint giveaways in October!  We have set up our Brightening the Lights of Success Scholarship Fund and look forward to awarding two recipients next year!  We’ve partnered with our AMAZING company photographer who has been an incredible supporter of our journey.  To say we are grateful is really an understatement.

One of the truly exciting and awesome experiences of our company is meeting and talking with our customers.  We LOVE our customers!  You all are the best!  We’ve had the opportunity to talk with several of you over the phone and some of those conversations turned into 20 or 30 minute conversations just getting to know each other.  LOVE that!  We are incredibly appreciative to know you all are spending your hard-earned money on a candle for yourself and your loved one, and that you believe in our company, our candles, and our mission.  Love you all!

Our other favorite part of this journey has been meeting our incredible retail partners and company photographer, Warthan Farms Photography. Our beautiful local stores are fantastic.  Their owners are amazing, hard-working, talented, beautiful people.  We would not be where we are today without the wonderful support of our retail partners, and we thank you all so much for your support and for believing in us.  Local friends and fans, we encourage you to visit our local stores when you are out and about this weekend!  They are all set up for the Fall and have beautiful items available as gifts for your home, your family, and for you!  They will greet you with huge smiles and big hearts, and you will not be disappointed.

As a huge thank you to all of our wonderful friends, family, customers, retail partners, and everyone who has believed in our company and given us a chance, we are having one of our favorite things, a SALE!  We’ve received so many amazing compliments about our candles, and they’ve evoked such sweet, special memories of people, places, and things our customers love – Fall, precious babies, Virginia, their favorite college, their home, and the list goes on.  To know that something we’ve created has brought about such sweet moments for our customers is truly the BEST part of this journey.  We want you all to be able to share in those experiences if you find a candle design in our store that you love which is why we are having a sale this weekend ~ Saturday, 9/28 through Sunday, 9/29.

To see our current candle designs, Visit our Online Store at http://www.BayCandleCo.com.  Please also check out our Story of the Conch.  My Granddaddy was an incredible man, and I never imagined what a wonderful role he would play in our journey.

Thank you, amazing fans, friends, family, customers, and retail partners!  We are wholeheartedly grateful, and we love you all!


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My sweet, sweet boys.

We are up late at Sweet Melissa’s, but we are happy, and loving every minute of these sleepless nights!  If you have been keeping up with us, you know we are in the middle of packing up our home.  We have started packing up extra furniture and filling boxes.  We have secured a new place to live, and if all goes well, we start moving into our new place next weekend.  I am fairly certain I am in denial.  Complete denial.  If you read my post about my home sweet home, you know I’m struggling with leaving it.  I know everything will be alright though because at the the end of the day, I know that my home sweet home is where my husband and boys are, not the four walls surrounding us.

In the process of packing up, we took down the top bunk of the boys’ bed (which we never let them sleep on – they are not quite old enough) and we also took down our second son’s toddler bed.  As of this week, our two oldest are sleeping in the same bed.  They are absolutely loving sleeping in the same bed.  Neither of them have ever once shed a tear about us removing the toddler bed or the cool top bunk that turned the bottom bunk into a fort for my oldest son.  They are truly happy about sleeping in the same bed.

My inspiration for this post came tonight as I went into their room to check on them. They are both hugging little teddy bears my Mom recently gave them, and they are snuggling with each other.  They have their arms wrapped around each other.  It is the cutest.thing.ever.  Being the paranoid Mom that I am, I did reach over one to cover the other, and that in turn caused them to turn over a little bit so the sweet snuggling moment was over.  But, that’s alright because I had the opportunity to see them like that for just a couple of seconds, and it was absolutely heartwarming.

When I was pregnant with my second son, we kept telling my oldest that we were growing a playmate for him.  I never realized how important they were going to be to each other and how much they would love each other.  My middle child follows his older brother around and has been mirroring him from the moment he could start moving on his own.  They love playing together, and they talk to each other sometimes like they are grown men.  I love listening in on their conversations when they do not know I am listening.  Now, I can’t honestly write this post without admitting they are not the perfect little boys I have been describing all of the time.  Yes, there are moments when they fight, but as quickly as those moments occur, they pass just as fast.

My youngest son is starting to interact with my two oldest and it is the sweetest thing to watch.  He is just ten months old, but he wants to be with them, and he loves them.  He truly loves them.  He watches every move they make and he just laughs and laughs.  He hugs them and his sweet little eyes close when they hug him and give him kisses.  It is as though he is closing his eyes and taking in that sweet moment of love.  I think he is an old soul already.

I look at these three little blessings and I realize that my husband and I have had the great joy of creating our own little family, but more importantly, we’ve created a family that will go on when we are no longer on this Earth.  We’ve created three boys who will support each other, love each other, and hopefully be there for each other for a long time.  We’ve created brothers, who will become best friends, best men at each others’ weddings, and uncles to each others’ kids.  It fills my heart and eases my mind to know they will always have each other.

I love my sweet, sweet boys.  Moms have a love for our children that never ceases.  I am proud of every little thing they do.  I am watching my third son do new things and say new words every day, and even though I’ve experienced these new beginnings with my older sons, they never get old, and I am just as proud of my little man and his new discoveries as I was when my two older sons experienced the same things.

I celebrate my sons every day.  If you have perused my blog and checked out 365 Days of Sweetness, you know that I vowed to take at least one photo of each of my sons every day of the first year of their lives.  I am committed to this goal, and despite my busy life, I have missed just a handful of days out of the past three and a half years.  I am proud of this feat, but more importantly, I hope that my sons look back on these photos and experience happiness and joy as they watch themselves transform from newborns to toddlers.

I am so lucky to be their mom. They are precious, smart, sweet, and perfect.  Above all, they are my greatest success story.

To check out my “Photo a Day” project, click here.

T, R, and O – I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always.  As long as I’m living, my babies you’ll be.

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Do what you love…and the rest will follow…

There are so many variations of this quote on the web… “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life,” “Do what you love, and the money will follow,” “Do what you love, and you will find the way to get it out to the world.”  Although I think these quotes are great, I only halfway believe them, and here’s why…

I consider myself lucky.  I am currently doing three things I love.  First and foremost, I am a mom to three wonderful little boys who are the light in my life.  I love taking care of them.  But, I will say, it does involve some work.  (Picture this if you will.  I had to work from home one day due to the boys being sick.  As I was speaking on a conference call to twenty of my colleagues, I was also feeding my baby, changing his diaper, looking in horror as he accidentally smeared his hand through his own poo and wiped it on the nursery wall, cleaning said nursery wall, and subsequently giving him a bath…and I’m proud to say, I never missed a beat on that call.  Thank God for the mute button.  So yeah, raising kids…there’s a little work involved.)  Second, I have an awesome full-time position as a Director of Enrollment for a private University, and I love what I do.  I have the opportunity to change lives every day at work.  How could that not rock, right?  But, it does take a lot of work, and I can’t say it is fun every moment of every day.  Finally, I have this new venture, which I am just smitten with.  I love it!  But, like anything else worth doing, it takes some work.

Since graduating with my Bachelors degree in 2003, I have dreamed about owning my own business every.single.day.  I have a forty-five minute commute, and have called myself countless times to remind my future self of all of the wonderful ideas I thought of during my commute, only to get so caught up in life a few hours later that I deleted the voice message.  I have been continually searching for some idea that would be the next best thing out there that would generate millions.  I’ve researched ideas and even contacted a few people about them, but have never moved forward with anything.  Until now, the magical ideas I’ve come up with have all seemed impossible, forced, and too time-consuming to be worth it.

I have always loved scented candles and sweet smelling things (perfumes, body and room sprays, you name it).  When I started working at sixteen, I purchased car insurance, gas, clothes, and scented candles.  My family started to notice my love for them and would give them to me as presents each year for birthdays and Christmas.  When I bought my first home eight years ago, I bought even more, and received even more than that as gifts.  Here’s the kicker with my obsession…they make my husband sneeze!  He has allergic reactions to scented items, and candles are no exception.  As the years have passed, and our family has grown, my money has shifted toward my children, and I have realized it is probably not fair to light candles and force my husband to be around them just because I love them.  So, my candles have found their way into dark drawers and closets, and only come out during special occasions. My husband has made several jokes about filing away candles in our “tiny candle drawer.”  We have an entire dresser drawer full of scented tarts, tea-lites, and tiny votive candles.  To an outsider, it’s probably a little weird.

In January of this year, the concept for one of our Signature Collection Candles came to me during a random conversation with my mother-in-law.  I knew it was a good idea and I knew it was a candle that I would love, and that other candle connoisseurs like me would love, but I tabled it.  Life is busy.  I have a husband, three kids, a full-time career, friends and family, a house on the market, and a million other things to do.  As much as I tried to keep my idea under the table far from sight, it kept nagging at me.  I thought about it every day.  I knew it was good idea.  I never once thought it would make millions, or any money at all really. I just knew it was a good idea that was not on the market.  Still, I ignored it.  Then, one day in early March, I couldn’t stand it any longer, and I decided to learn how to make my own candles.  I made a quick decision, did a little research on the internet, and drove to the store.  And then drove back to the store…again…and again.  Four trips and one internet purchase later, I had everything I needed to start making candles.  And then, I put the bags of supplies in a corner.  And they sat…and sat some more…until one day in late March the nagging was getting too loud for me to ignore it any longer.  I fired up the stove and made my first candle.  It turned out perfectly.  I couldn’t believe it, and neither could my husband.  He said, “Turns out you are pretty good at making candles.  Who knew?”  I certainly did not know.  I was thrilled, and pumped.  All of sudden, the creative juices started, and I was off to the store to buy more supplies to make more candles.  I hand poured candles in my kitchen for a few weeks and loved it!  I was looking forward to giving my homemade candles away as gifts.  Then, I thought, why couldn’t I try and sell them?  Maybe someone else out there in this big world would love my idea as much as I do.  I thought, this will be easy, I’ll just set up a store and make candles in my kitchen.  Then, one Saturday as I was melting my wax and adding fragrance oils, I heard my husband start sneezing.  And then, my oldest son started, and before long I was sneezing too.  The oils were too much.  I realized at that point that unless I moved my candle-making outside, running a candle “factory” out of my home was not realistic.  I was thwarted for a few days.  I thought, “Well, that was fun.  Oh well.”  I thanked my husband for playing along with me, and apologized to him and our bank account for spending the money on my candle supplies.

Then, on one of my long commutes to work, the nagging started again, and I couldn’t shake it.  It was annoying me right down to my core.  (That’s probably how my poor husband feels whenever I start nagging him.  Sorry about that sweetie.)  That night, I did some research, made some contacts to candle makers, and have not looked back.  From that point forward, I felt like I stepped on a train, and it has been rolling ever since.  I am surprising myself with my own determination and creativity.  I am working…and hard at that.  I am doing what I love, but it is taking a lot of work, and a lot of sleep-deprived nights.  But, I don’t mind.  I am truly excited to get on my computer and work, talk with my manufacturer and toss ideas back and forth with her, and take my ideas from paper to reality.  I LOVE this!

I am so proud of my candle collections.  They are unique concepts inspired by events and people in my life.  I believe candles are one of life’s little inexpensive pleasures that can change the entire look and feel of a space, and more importantly, a mood.  When I close my eyes and take the time to take in the sweet aromatic notes of a really great candle, I am taken to a time or place that makes me happy.  When I light a candle that emits refreshing beach fragrances, I am reminded of summer vacations with my grandparents and of surf-fishing and shell-hunting with my late Granddaddy early in the morning before everyone else came to the beach.  When I light a candle that smells like spicy cinnamon and balsam, I’m reminded of Christmases with my Great Grammie and Popa when the entire family was in town and gathered around the table snacking, singing, and laughing with each other.  When I light a candle that smells like sweet pumpkins, I’m reminded of the field trips I took as a little girl to the pumpkin patch, and how proud I was to carry (not easily I should add) my great big pumpkin off of the school bus home to my parents.  Candles can be fun, romantic, whimsical, and comforting.  Candles can create cheer and happiness, and set the tone of the room to whatever you want it to be.  Candles are wonderful gifts, and for me, they bring warmth to my home, and my heart.

I am doing what I love, but unlike the quotes I mentioned at the start of this post, I am working hard at it.  But, I don’t mind, because I LOVE it.  I am tired.  Scratch that.  I am exhausted.  I wake up foggy and bleary-eyed, but I am fulfilled.  I am grateful.  I have a family that means the world to me, a full-time job I adore, and this new venture that I am in love with.  I’ve had challenges along the way, and the road to get here has not always been the easiest to navigate.  I had many, many tough years growing up, but I made it past those years, and I am here and I am appreciative for those experiences.

I have shared this thought with some of my family and friends recently when I talk about my new business – I don’t know what the future has in store for Sweet Melissa’s.  I hope it has great things.  But, even if it never goes beyond what it is today, I will still be fulfilled, because I tried.  After years of dreaming (and let’s not forget leaving myself messages), I finally had the courage to do this.  I am putting myself out there in front of all of my family, friends, and colleagues, and although it can be quite scary at times, I know my future self will thank my current self for putting all of this hard work into something we both love 🙂

Until next time, cheers!


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