About Columbia River Candle Co.

Our Why

Ashley has always had a passion for making and selling handmade crafts. After getting married in 2009 to Alex, we began attending markets with the craft business. Dreaming of continuing to expand, we thought about making soy candles. But as fates would have it, the vendor next to us at our first market was a candle maker. We shelved the idea for later.

Spring & Summer candle scents being made

Spring & Summer candle scents being made

After moving to Westport, WA in 2012, we began to think about making candles again. When our other business opened a shop in mid-2013 it was the right time. Not knowing anything about making candles ourselves, we started researching. After extensive testing, we attended our first market selling candles in 2014. From there the business has grown ever since.

In 2018, our family decided it was time to move back towards family in the Portland, OR-Vancouver, WA area. To prepare for this move, we changed the business name to relate to our new service area and focus. And so, Columbia River Candle Co. was born.

Our Process & Products

From the beginning, we knew we wanted to keep our business small and personal. Each candle, melt or soap that you buy from us is handcrafted using the best quality materials. We make every product in small batches to ensure the highest quality. And we test all the materials used to make sure they meet our high standards.

You can pick up any of our products at any of the markets we attend in the Pacific Northwest region. We also work with local schools to provide a candle fundraiser. This has helped the schools raise money for trips, events and even school supplies. And of course, you can buy our candles, melts & soaps here on this website.

Our Team

Ashley

Ashley – Chief Candle Maker & Owner

Most of our candles and melts are hand poured by Ashley. Wife to Alex and mother to the three cute troublemakers that you can find at the markets. She maintains the crafty side of the business. With an artistic touch, she helps design the product labels. She also chooses product colors and decides which fragrances we will carry.

Ashley

Alex – Tech Guru, Bookkeeper & Owner

While most people don’t see it, there is a lot that goes on in the back end of things. Alex manages the cogs and keeps the business moving. With a background in computers and a service in the military, he keeps the little details in hand. Alex maintains the books and runs the company website.

Our Children

Lukas – Master of sales & pitchman

Kaylee – Mystery shopper & conversationalist

Skyler – Product testing & inventory control

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