The Holland candle store prepares for the first Tulip Time

Garsnett Beacon Candle Co. even created a special candle just for the 9-day festival called “Holland In Bloom”.

HOLLAND, Michigan – This week celebrates National Small Business Week across the country, and there’s a lot to celebrate here in West Michigan. Events like Tulip Time, which attract thousands of people from around the world, are especially important for small businesses.

For a Dutch couple, this will be the first festival for their small candle company, and they are thrilled to share their passion for what they do.

Garsnett Beacon Candle Company started as a simple idea for Chad and Sabastian Garsnett.

“When the pandemic hit, it really set us in motion,” Chad said. “It really got us thinking about life, where we wanted to be and what we wanted to do.”

This idea which has now become their own small business located in the heart of Holland.

“We decided, life is short,” Chad said, “let’s go.”

“We thought we could combine everything we love about other candles into one,” Sabastian added. “And candles are awesome, I mean who doesn’t love a good candle?”

The couple moved to Holland at the end of last summer and knew the city would be a great place to grow their business. Now they are about to experience their first Tulip Time Festival.

“It’s obviously a little nerve-wracking,” Chad said, “but we know being a vendor at the craft market will be exciting, and it will be great to interact with a group of people from around the world.”

They even created a special candle just for the 9 day festival called “Holland In Bloom”.

“We wanted to create a candle from everything we found in Holland,” Sabastian said.

“It smells like walking around downtown Centennial Park on a sunny day,” Chad explained, “smelling all the tulips with a lovely floral scent.”

Currently, Garsnett Beacon candles are sold at Apothecary gift shop and The Poppy Peach in downtown Holland along 8th Street.

They are also available for one day shipping on their website.

“I think it’s important to have something made locally, here in Holland, that people can buy and take home wherever they go,” Sabastian said.

“Yeah, having the product that we took the time to create and hopefully giving someone a keepsake that I think part of it would be fantastic for them to walk away with,” Chad added.

And as part of their global mission, Garsnett Beacon donates a portion of its profits to a local organization every two months. They recently donated to I AM ACADEMY.

“We really hope to be part of the community and give back to it as we grow,” Chad said.

You can learn more about Garsnett Beacon Candle Company by clicking here.

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Elizabeth J. Harris