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Where it all began...

Candles Hemlock + Key Welcome Where it all began...

Our new shop, open at last! So how did two life-long friends decide they wanted to make candles? Well, I'm glad you asked.

My grandfather had many jobs and skills, everything from owning a pizza shop to fine-tuning pianos. However, the one profession he practiced throughout his life was candle making. He was a candle carver in the German tradition, pouring jar and pillar candles and selling them at our local market. Growing up I would help around the shop; stocking shelves and tending his store in Bird-in-Hand, PA.

My grandfather's industry has always been with me and I enjoy using my hands as a creative outlet. One evening I stumbled across a candle making kit and it brought memories of helping out around the store. Alex, my friend from grade school, loved the scents and thought it might be a good business opportunity.

A few years and hundreds of candles later we had the perfect combination of materials, scents, and knowledge to create Hemlock + Key. We successfully launched in April 2016 with more than a little help from Brand Designer Vincent Cho and the support of our friends and family. We wouldn't be where we are without you!

It's a pleasure to be carrying on my Grandfather's legacy and I thank you all for being with us at the start of this adventure. 

- Ryan



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