Today we’d like to introduce you to Lori Kirschbaum.
Lori, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was raised by my grandparents. My grandfather was a woodworker and he had an amazing old workshop full of tools, trinkets, antiques, and old books.
I would spend hours in his workshop (with dixieland jazz playing in the background) watching him build furniture, model ships, and hand-carved wooden cars and trains! My grandmother was also very crafty. She loved to sew, bake, garden, and do projects around the house. They both inspired me at a very young age to know that I wanted to make things and work with my hands.
As a teenager, I tried everything from painting to making soap and even beaded jewelry. I would spend hours at Michaels craft store reading books/magazines and researching different art techniques. After I was married and had my son, I signed up for a 12-week metalsmithing class at a local art college where I learned to make sterling silver and mixed metal jewelry. I created ran my own jewelry business for several years. However, the market was saturated, and I knew I needed to do something different.
Candle making sounded interesting and I had dabbled in it when I was younger. So, I decided to learn everything I could about it! Once I got it down to an exact method, I wanted to do something unique with my candles to make myself stand out from the crowd. I had remembered seeing a wine bottle candle in a store and thought how cool it was to bring new life to something used, that would just end up in the trash. I did research and learned how to cut glass bottles, but I wanted to take it a step further and make my own labels! I love to make people smile and laugh, so I created a line of labels that have hip, fun, quirky sayings and artwork. My candles are now available in several retail locations and online!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, it hasn’t always been a smooth road. One of the main struggles that I have faced is keeping up with the demand of a recycled product. For instance, when I got my first big order of recycled tin can candles I quickly figured out that I was going to have to find a way to collect and empty the containers on a bigger scale than just the donations I was getting from my friends and family. I started brainstorming and was able to create a program and partner with a local soup kitchen Fountains of Hope Inc. They provide up to 20,000 meals per month to homeless individuals and families right here in Atlanta. We donate the canned food to the soup kitchen and then collect and recycle the empty cans into beautiful, one of a kind soy candles. It’s a win-win partnership and I absolutely love the fact that I am doing my part by giving back to the community!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Restored Apothecary – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am most proud that we are giving back to the community that I love! I believe what sets us apart is that we are committed to protecting our environment and use high quality, natural ingredients that are safe for your family and pets. By collecting bottles and cans from friends, family and local businesses we are reducing waste that otherwise would end up in a landfill. All of our candles are hand-poured in small batches in our candle studio in Marietta, GA. We offer a wide variety of unique fragrances and fun, hip, trendy labels that are sure to bring a smile to your face and bring the perfect ambiance to your home!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My plans for the future are to focus and grow our wholesale and retail business. Our candles are currently being sold in about 15 retail stores across the United States as well as online…I would love to see that number grow. I am always on the lookout for recycled or reusable containers, researching new fragrances and designing new label styles to keep things current.
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