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New business spotlight - Heart Lites Handcrafted Candles, ETC.

New business spotlight - Heart Lites Handcrafted Candles, ETC.

February 23, 2009

Heart Lites Handcrafted Candles, ETC.



Owner: Melissa Kalmbach

Address: 314 W. King St., Martinsburg, WV 25401

Opening date: Jan. 31, 2009

Products and services: Handcrafted soy candles in jars, pillars, tarts and tea lites; oil warmers and fragrance oils; gift baskets; ribbon embroidery pillows; wood roses; and Shelbeads jewelry.

Market area: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia

How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it?: "I've been in business for 13 years now, and finally all of my customers' requests to open a shop fell together with the right opportunity in the right place and in the right time. Since the economy is down right now, I can't think of a better time to offer people a quality product and service at reasonable prices."

Previous business experience: Made and sold candles for seven years in Texas; have made candles in Martinsburg for the past six years and sold them at local craft fairs and in the mall around the holidays.

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Number of employees: None.

Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Web site: www.candlecreations.com

Phone number: 304-264-3633

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