• Heartwood Birdhouses and Luscious Lather Soaps

    Happily preparing the shop for our Grand Opening event tomorrow...

    Here are a few artisan goods that we love:

    The Birdhouses are from our friends at Heartwood - cypress for durability in a variety of colors and shapes for the birds on your holiday list.  The soaps smell amazing - they are Luscious Lather Soaps, in Lemon Poppy and Lemongrass/Sweet Orange - made by Deena Schuppe on Madeline Island.

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  • Artisan Arts by Fly Away Farms

    Today is all about Thanksgiving preparation - but we wanted to post another artisan photo before our Grand Opening on Saturday (10-4, hope to see you there!). These Hand spun yarns are Artisan Arts, Madeline Island Made by Fly Away Farm.  Hand spun 2 ply yarn, wool and specialty fibers, of various weights and colors, are made from sheep raised and grazed on the meadows of Madeline Island.

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    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  • Notecards by Katherine Parfet

    The next in our collection of shop photos, posted in anticipation of our Grand Opening event this Saturday - these beautiful notecards. We love the loose brushstrokes and bold colors in these notecards, made by Madeline Island artist Katherine Parfet. They are available with a blank interior and envelope in two sizes.

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  • Madeline Island Candles Grand Opening

    We were so pleased to be featured in this article in The Daily Press at AshlandWi.com:

    Shop Finds Permanent Home:

    Madeline Island Candles Grand Opening

    Posted: Monday, November 24, 2014 8:00 am

    BY BARBARA DEMMING BUSINESS FEATURE WRITER

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    Michael Childers and Glenn Carlson were both retired in 2011 and living on Madeline Island when they decided to start making candles because, after all, “How hard could it be to make candles?” they naively reasoned. They started to experiment in the kitchen of their home, making small batches of candles and melting the wax in a six-quart, reconfigured Presto Pot.

    But, the two didn’t undertake this venture on a whim. At the time, Childers was a board member at Woods Hall Craft Shop. According to Childers, the Craft Shop knew that it needed more repeat traffic and the Board did some brainstorming about ideas to make a handmade staple that the Craft Shop could keep in stock.
    And so, said Childers, “we decided to make candles. We started doing research on line, put together the outline of a business plan and started pouring candles in our kitchen.”

    During this experimentation phase, Childers and Carlson developed various colors and fragrances for their candles, some of which are both exotic and intriguing — scents such as Oak Moss and Amber, Orange and Chili Pepper, Grapefruit and Tuberose, and with a nod to the 1960’s generation, Peppermint Patchouli.

    Their first small batch of candles was placed for sale in Woods Hall Craft Shop to see what would happen. Well, people started to buy their candles and almost before they knew what was happening, Madeline Island Candles was born. But with the birth of the company, candle pouring had taken over their kitchen and dining room.

    Knowing that it was time to find a permanent home, Madeline Island Candles was moved out of their house and a small storefront/candle factory was opened in LaPointe in 2012. The Presto Pot was put out to pasture; the business continued to expand; the owners continued to create new ideas; and they again found themselves in a position where they had outgrown their shop.

    Last year Madeline Island Candles purchased a private home that has been converted to the candle factory and showroom. The scheduled opening for the shop was to be the spring of 2014.

    5472786970282.imageHowever, who of us can forget this past spring when polar vortexes and two-foot deep blizzards became our reality? The grand opening of the candle shop was, necessarily, put on hold.

    Now, “with a few bumps and starts along the way,” said Childers, Madeline Island Candles proudly announces its Grand Opening on Saturday, Nov. 29 offering, “quality, environmentally friendly candles, made by islanders.” The grand opening will feature demonstrations and presentations by Cynthia Dalzell on unmolding and cutting new soap as well as discussing hand-spun and no-spun wool and Alpaca fiber.

    The products sold at Madeline Island Candles are all made of natural products. The candles are soy, which burn longer than wax and are better environmentally. The tapers are bee’s wax and the wicks of all candles are cotton.

    Besides their extensive array of tea lights and tapers offered, Madeline Island Candles has branched out into other product lines. Committed to local and regional providers, the shop is currently focusing on three local soap makers. There is the Sweet Pea Soapery owned by Jennifer DeLonay of Washburn; Luscious Lather owned by Deena Schuppe of La Pointe; and the Art of Soap owned by Cynthia Dalzell of LaPointe.

    Madeline Island Candles is located at 219 Colonel Woods Avenue in La Pointe, conveniently located right off the ferry dock.

    They are open this winter Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m. The store is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

    “We’ve been very gratified by the support from the Island Community — both in the early start-up phase and at our new location,” Childers summed up. “When a small business is just starting to grow, it keeps you going when people say how much they like what you’re doing.”

    See the full article and images here

  • Fly Away Farm Soaps

    In anticipation of our Grand Opening event this Saturday, November 29th, from 10:00 - 4:00, we'll be posting store photos all week long, many featuring products and goods made by local artisans.

    Aren't these gorgeous? Perfect for the winter holidays...

    This Art is Soap collection is made on Madeline Island by Fly Away Farm.  Glycerin and aloe is molded in holiday shapes, from Christmas trees and snowflakes to bird nests and doves. Made with all natural pigment and oils.

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  • Travel Tins - the Perfect Small Gift.

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    Our Travel Tin Candles are the perfect small gift - featuring a hand-poured soy candle in a little tin container that fits in the palm of your hand.  Despite their small size, the candles pack a punch of lovely strong scent and long lasting soy goodness. Enjoy!

    View the Travel Tin Collection

  • Save the Date for our Grand Opening Event!

    birdPlease mark your calendars for the Madeline Island Candles Grand Opening, on Saturday, November 29th, from 10:00 - 4:00. Our Grand Opening happily coincides with both the day of the Museum Boutique here on the island, and Small Business Saturday, when shoppers across the country will turn their eyes toward local commerce.

    Come visit with us and enjoy the new shop experience! As a special added attraction, Cindy Dalzell from Fly Away Farm will be unmolding and cutting handmade soaps (available in the shop) as well as discussing her hand spun and mill spun wool - the sheep are raised and grazed on Madeline Island.

    We hope to see you there!

    - Your friends at Madeline Island Candles

  • Candle of the Month: November

    Introducing our November Candle of the Month, Ripe Apple.

    Enjoy the warm, sweet scent of apples, accented with spicy hints of cinnamon, clove, orange, and cedarwood.  A wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving table.

    Use Promo Code: APPLE at checkout to enjoy a 25% discount.

  • Halloween: Soy Candle Decorating Ideas

    We're getting ready for Halloween here on Madeline Island... decorating the new Madeline Island Candles shop with Pumpkins, lighting Candle-of-the-Month Pumpkin Spice soy candles, and preparing our homes for the crowds of excited trick-or-treaters tomorrow night.  While we love to use our Purity Unscented Soy Votive candles in our traditional jack-o-lanterns (they will burn all night - no need to keep replacing them!), we were thinking of some other creative uses for candles for the spookiest night of the year... here are a few festive ideas:

    Drillbit Pumpkins

    You may have seen this new trend in pumpkin carving: using a drill to make circular patterns on your pumpkin.  For a complete non-cut look, carve a hold in the bottom of the pumpkin rather than the top, and place your newly-created pumpkin lantern over the top of a votive or small pillar candle.

    Soy Candle Pumpkin Ideas Photo credit: capecodcollegiate.tumblr.com

    Mason Jar Walkway

    Light up your walkway for little feet or for a more grown-up Halloween get-together. Place soy pillar candles in Mason Jars to line your stairs for a warm welcome.

    Soy Candle Halloween Ideas Photo credit: MidwestFinds Etsy Shop

    Garden Path Pumpkins

    Use garden poles to hang tiny pumpkins, a darling decoration lining a walkway or garden path.  After carving your pumpkin, insert a soy tealight candle, then attach wire by drilling tiny holes in the roof of the pumpkin. Also makes for a fun mini project for the kids before trick-or-treat begins!

    Pumpkin Soy Candle Ideas Photo credit: Better Homes & Gardens
  • The New Shop!

    And... we're... opening! Sneak peek pics of our new Madeline Island Candles shop!

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