Our Story

Our Story


Kalamazoo Candle Company was founded on a simple premise: you deserve a better candle. Our journey to make that candle began in October of 2013 with one man and a box of wax. With time, hard work, and a dedicated team, we added wholesale partners across the country, established a flagship retail store in Downtown Kalamazoo, and created a production facility that gives us space to invest, expand, and innovate.

As we grow, our small-town values and dedication to craft continue to guide us. We believe our commitment to sustainability and locally sourcing the highest-quality materials to make an artisan product at a fair price is authentically and uniquely, “Kalamazoo.”

It's because of you, our customers, that we have been fortunate to grow over the years. We look forward to bringing you the candles you love (and deserve) for many more years to come.

Our Values


Our hands-on process ensures that every single candle not only looks and smells great, but also burns cleanly and for as long as possible. We sustainably craft 100% natural soy candles from the finest American-made materials we can find.

Meticulously hand-poured and thoughtfully packaged, our candles are as honest and hardworking as the city that inspires them.

Unlabeled jar candles on tray


We are always looking for ways to celebrate and uplift the community we call home. Our flagship retail store, Marketplace, has become a Downtown Kalamazoo landmark and we’re proud to support non-profit organizations with donations and our generous fundraising program.

If your organization or school would like to schedule a fundraiser please contact us!

Two tins and a gift bag for donations


We care a great deal about the impact we have on the environment and work hard to develop sustainable practices in candle production and shipping. We’re passionate about supporting local businesses and continuously looking for new ways to reduce waste and eliminate single use plastic.

  • Our candle vessels are recyclable and repurposable

  • Our Wood Lid Return Program reclaims and reuses Classic Candle Jar covers, reducing consumption and waste.

  • Our new Fire Starter initiative recovers and repurposes materials that might otherwise end up as waste.

  • We recently invested in a nifty new machine that turns cardboard waste into plastic-free packing material!

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Jars and tins repurposed