Our story begins in 1981, when the Fowler family owned and operated several retail stores. Jan's natural affinity for the sale of fragrant goods - such as candles, potpourri, tarts, spray, etc. made the businesses successful. In running these businesses, Jan came to realize that items with a strong but pleasant scent sold best. Ernie, looking at her receipts, drew the same conclusion.
However, Jan often encountered a problem with her candles; some of the major candles Jan sold had strong scent in the top layer of the candle, but the aroma declined as the candle burned. In addition, the candles often created smoke. It was difficult to obtain quality products that burned with a consistent, smoke-free smell.
Jan and Ernie looked for a way to resolve this problem. If they could make their own candles, then they could control the quality and make sure the fragrance was distributed evenly and strongly throughout the product. They began by visiting other candle factories, from small mom & pop candle makers in the Smoky Mountains to a large conveyor belt operation in the North.
The Fowlers decided they could make a better candle, and after discussions with the rest of the family, they moved forward with their plan. Family meetings at the Fowlers' house resulted in the name "Candleberry". They decided to place the first candle-making operation adjacent to their first retail store in Frankfort, Kentucky.
The Candleberry Story is truly a story of family, friends, and fragrance. The Fowler family values its customers and friends who have helped make the company what it is, and will continue working hard to justify your choice of Candleberry products.
In addition to the Candleberry brand, Candleberry also produces candles for over 10 distilleries and offers private labeling as well as fundraising opportunities.