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Hidden Gems: Meet Mike Dabrowski of Oso Candle Company

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mike Dabrowski.

Hi Mike, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Everyone has that dream for their future that they talk about but always find an excuse not to pursue – for me and my husband Tim, that dream was starting a retail business. We had talked about it a million times, but the timing never seemed right. Then in March 2020, Tim was furloughed, and I began working fully from home, and suddenly we found ourselves with a lot of time on our hands. We decided to seize the opportunity. Since we had always been lovers of candles, it seemed an obvious choice – so we dove into studying the art of candle-making and within just a few short weeks, we had founded Oso Candle Company. We’ve been very fortunate to experience enthusiastic response on our site and be featured in multiple retail locations around Central Florida (and growing every day!). We’ve only just begun, but it’s already been an amazing journey – we have learned so much, and best of all, we have had a great time working on this together. We encourage everyone out there to stop making excuses and pursue their dreams!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
With any adventure, there are unexpected challenges. The world of e-commerce is complex and highly competitive, and learning the basics of online advertising took more time than anticipated (and we’re still learning every day). And as anyone with a side hustle knows, there isn’t much time for rest – balancing your career, your passion project, and your personal responsibilities is a daily challenge. We always make sure to set aside time for ourselves so we don’t get overextended. And of course, we are so thankful for the fantastic support we’ve received from our friends and family.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Oso Candle Company?
At Oso Candle Company, we insist on high-quality ingredients. We use all-natural soy wax, cotton-braided wicks, and use fragrance oils that are phthalate-free. Our candle vessels are all produced in the United States. But most importantly, our candles are strong enough to fill a room with comforting fragrance. In addition to our classic scents that are available year-round, we feature a variety of seasonal options that complement any holiday or occasion. We’re extremely proud of the fact that we produce these by hand ourselves – that we create each candle with care and personally ensure every product is top-notch quality before delivery to our customers.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
It’s so easy to fall into a daily routine and not take time to assess what is important to you and what you’re really hoping to achieve during your lifetime. Before the shutdown, Tim and I worked demanding corporate jobs with conflicting schedules and we could go weeks barely seeing each other. Then suddenly, we were enjoying “family meals” together every day. The Covid-19 crisis has been truly devastating in so many ways, but Tim and I are personally thankful for bringing us clarity of purpose and for the quality time it has allowed us to spend together doing something we both enjoy.

Pricing:

  • 8.5 oz scented soy wax candles – $22
  • Free shipping on orders of $35 or more

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Image Credits
Photo credit: Abi Bell Photography (for product photos only)

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