Carrie's Curiosities, LLC

American Made Since 2012

Carrie Powell

Upper Peninsula, Michigan
Carrie's Curiosities, LLC, is home to hand-poured, natural wax candles, that will brighten up anyone's home!

Tell us about your business.

I’ve loved candles for as long as I can remember and I grew up with a very crafty mother, that encouraged me to try different outlets for my creativity. I actually went to bed one night thinking, “I wonder how hard it would be to make my own candles”. When I woke up the next morning, I began scouring the internet for any information on candle making I could find. (Luckily, I was able to find quite a lot!) After I read up on the process, I talked to my husband about learning to make my own candles. (I honestly thought he would tell me I’m crazy.) But, he encouraged me to get a starter kit and try it out, so I did and I loved it! From there, I started making candles for friends, family and neighbors and people really loved my candles, so I decided to start making them on a larger scale. My motivation for the business was the prospect of getting to do something I loved and still be at home with my son. I really enjoy the fact that I get to be a business owner and a full time mom!

What makes your business stand out?

I was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and still reside there. (I love where I live and am proud to be called a "Yooper".) I am so proud of my "U.P." upbringing, that I started an entire line of candles, dedicated to the Upper Peninsula. These fragrances have been hand mixed by my husband and I and are truly unique to my shop (and the "U.P.").

What's the best business advice you've received?

Never give up, no matter how difficult things become. You have to just keep pushing yourself and you will see the payoff!

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