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Meet Kevin Gallant and Jared Skliba of Granite State Candles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Gallant and Jared Skliba.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kevin and Jared. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Granite State Candles was started with the intent of combing our two hobbies; crafts and craft beer. The idea was brought up as a way to preserve the art on the label while repurposing the empty aluminum can. We wanted to give back to the local breweries by using all natural soy wax to create candles using these pieces of art.

We brought in sample candles to the Backyard Brewery in Manchester, NH. In a short time our candles had sold out and we realized people had an interest in what we were trying to accomplish.

Our candles can now be found in many breweries, retail stores, and at local brewfests throughout New Hampshire. We are excited to work with more breweries in the surrounding area and we appreciate the support and positive feedback from our customers.

“Live Free and Candle”

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This has been the first business for the both of us, so naturally, it comes with its share of growing pains. It took a lot of trial and error to develop the proper formula that we use today to satisfy our customers. We realized there is a lot of competition in the candle industry already, so we knew we had to separate ourselves from the crowd. We wanted to have a unique product and give back to the local breweries.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Granite State Candles – what should we know?
Granite State Candles only started a few months ago with the intent of recycled craft beer cans. From there we have progressed into glassware merchandise and we hope to get involved in the wedding favors, centerpieces, and decorations.

We are most known for making candles from recycled craft beer cans as well as flight tasters, tall boy glass, tulip glass, pint glass, and crowlers for breweries to sell in their taproom. We are most proud of our relationships we are forming with our customers, the breweries, and the community.

What sets us apart is our conscious effort to use all natural ingredients in recycled goods for our products.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The personal relationships we have with our customers, clients, breweries, and partners.

We foster an environment of honesty and openness. We strive to produce the most cost-effective product with the highest quality for our customers.

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Image Credit:
Eric Gallant, Matt Chaves

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