Beth Gross | Farm House Candle Co.
When Annie from Compass Paper Co first started working for me, she met Beth at a darling yarn shop in Cedar called Wool and Honey where she was having a trunk show for Farmhouse Candle Co. We knew we wanted to have her do one in our shop, and when we met, we clicked immediately on all front from business to motherhood. Before we even had a chance to host Beth, we developed a private label scent together and it has been a smash success. The scent of Blood Orange, Citrus and Ginger just comes alive in the the shop and fits so well with our prints as it shares a similar personality. This season we are adding room mist and hand and body lotion to the mix! 
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Name: Beth Gross

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Business Name: Farm House Candle Co.

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Current favorites?
Cocktail: Moscow Mule with cucumber!
Seasonal activities: I love being outdoors, summer and winter. I enjoy hiking year round, skiing and anything involving the water, especially boating and beaching.
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Favorite creative pastime?
When I was young I definitely did a lot of painting. I started out with paint by numbers and then graduated to water color. I also loved making my own jewelry!
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How has your upbringing influenced your creativity? 
My mom always supported my creative nature, whether it was enrolling me in kids art classes in the summers at NMC or just simple trips to Ben Franklin to get craft supplies. Creativity was always supported all the way through college when I took the less traditional route and enrolled at the Illinois Institute of Art to study fashion merchandising.
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Aspiring to...
Farm House Candle Co. hand pours natural soy wax candles here in Leelanau County, MI . I started mixing my own fragrances when I could not find scents I liked for my own home in soy form. I was in search of earthy, unique fragrances that come from nature. After getting a couple fragrances I really loved I started gifting them to friends and family. Soon after I began receiving more and more special order requests and started Farm House Candle Co. in 2014. We now offer 16 different fragrances made year round with groupings of seasonal scents released twice a year.
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What does a normal day look like for you?
My week is split in half. The first part of the week mostly spent with my 4 year old son. We usually get up have breakfast then plan an outing, go to the park or something to get us out of the house. Come home for lunch and hopefully nap although he is almost done with those so every afternoon is different. If he naps I race down to my studio to get as much work done in an hour to hour 1/2 time. I usually don’t pour candles on these days as it takes my total concentration but I do get other office work and labeling done. If Tanner does not nap he is pretty good these days about hanging out with me in the studio for a bit some afternoons. He has actually started helping me pack boxes! He loves packing peanuts. The last part of the week Tanner goes to Pre School. On those days I do all my pouring for the following week and schedule meetings. Making lists and setting certain times and days for certain things has made life as a mom entrepreneur run much smoother.
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What are your favorite + least favorite parts about what you do? 
I love the whole candle making process, mixing the scents, pouring them and then cleaning and labeling the finished product. Also love all the amazing people I have connected with on this journey. Both my retail accounts and customers alike. When I first started this I never dreamed I would have so many wonderful new friends from this business. My least favorite is the paperwork end of it. I would much rather be creating than doing office work.
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How are you "making light" in your everyday life?
I try and do little things for myself and my family. It can be as simple as treating myself to a nice coffee and sitting and enjoying for just 20 min. Or planning something fun for my son after I pick him up from school, like a bike ride or beach walk. My husband and I try to at least sit and talk about our day. We also try and make the effort to go on a date once a month even if just for a couple hours. These little moments are sometimes the best and most important to remind us of how lucky we are to live here and have each other.
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What is your favorite dance move?
Not sure it’s a move or habit but I seem to always have one arm in the air shaking my head and dancing all around. I guess that’s my move.
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What would be your go-to Leland gal product for a gift? 
The ditty bag! I love it for make up and traveling and I also use it as a clutch or wallet in my big purse.
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Where can others find you?
Instagram: @farmhousecandleco

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