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August 12, 2008

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Sharon L Scibek

Rita, I took your recommendation and stopped by Colonial CandleCrafters on my way up to the Finger Lakes. It was a wonderful experience.

Pat Hess was so welcoming. I felt like I had known her for years. My first thought was, "this is a woman who is so proud and passionate about her work." As we continued to engage in conversation she told me about how the business first got started. She painted a vivid picture of her mother making candles in her kitchen.

I browsed through the store and was intrigued with the beauty and personal touches that she adds to candles.

Pat took me for a tour of the room where the candles are made. the staff was gone for the day and the candle molds were hardening. This is truly no assembly line. Each candle is individually dipped and the process is timed. Any candle purchased from Pat's store is crafted with care and is given individual attention. No flaw (even that unnoticed by the the buyer) is not acceptable to the professionals that take pride in their hard work.

Pat creates a working environment that is open to suggestions and recommendations. If I lived closer, I would love to work there.

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