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Dave Olson, Published May 25 2012

Trade Talk: Candle company burning bright

Spiral Light Candle was a small enterprise flickering here and there last year in various parts of its founders’ home in Hillsboro, N.D.

Today, things are different.

“We have seven full-time employees, one part-time employee and we’ve moved out of our garage and renovated an old potato warehouse in Hillsboro. This is now a 10,000-square-foot manufacturing facility,” said Aaron McWilliams, who operates Spiral Light Candle with his wife, Sara.

What sets their candles apart?

“I invented the spiral burning, self-filling candle, which means we’re the only candle in the world that burns in a circle and fills itself in the middle,” said Aaron McWilliams.

The candles do seem to be catching on.

They are sold in more than 200 stores nationwide, and the company has more than 70 sales representatives.

Aaron McWilliams said that when they started, they were lucky to produce 40 candles a day in their garage.

The new factory has boosted production a bit.

“One day last week, we broke our own records,” McWilliams said. “We did 406 candles in seven hours.”

For more information, visit the company website at www.spirallightcandle.com.

Washing the dog

Shaggy’s Dog Wash and Grooming is opening a new location in Fargo at 2802 Broadway.

The original location, 3120 25th St. S., has been in operation for nearly five years.

Shaggy’s is “a dog wash where you can wash your dog there, or we’ll wash your dog,” said owner Kris Brekke.

No appointment is necessary for a dog wash. Grooming sessions are available by appointment.

Dog washes start at $15 for small dogs and go up to $23 or more for big dogs, according to Brekke, who said the new location is expected to open in early June.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Hours are flexible for grooming.

For more information, call (701) 232-4367.

Aiding autism

Camille Brandt has started Muse Consulting, a consulting service for families with children with autism, as well as caregivers and agencies that serve children on the autism spectrum.

Brandt is an assistant professor in the education department at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she has helped to create an autism curriculum.

She is also associated with Children’s Montessori Center, a family business in Fargo, where some of the children served are children on the autism spectrum.

Brandt said she is setting up Muse Consulting as a sideline to help families and agencies develop educational plans and goals for children with autism and to help evaluate children’s environments to make sure they are as conducive to education as possible.

Brandt can be contacted through her website, www.asdmuse.com, or by calling (701) 200-6546.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555