The Archives: Local Candle Makers Crafting for a Cause



Turning a passion into a platform for giving back is no small feat. Emily Bucholtz and husband Travis saw this dream into existence with their hand-crafted candle brand, The Archives. The two shared a simple love for scented candles; that evolved into a mission to find healthier options, driven in part because of their son’s asthma condition. When the two came across the soy candle option, they were able to launch what is now both a successful, growing business for the Bucholtz’s and a way to benefit local foster children in need.

The couple pour love into containers from a production set-up in their home kitchen, where they design small batches of scented soy wax candles. The process is close to 13 hours from start to finish; mixing the fragrance, curing the wax, labeling and packaging for retail shipment. The decorative scents are popular on their Etsy shop, but the true reward comes with the opportunity to make a difference.

A portion of the proceeds from The Archives candle products are donated to The Mosaic Style with Love Store – a clothing boutique working with local foster families in Mecklenburg County. Although Emily and Travis don’t have foster children, they see the need to support these families and say they have several close friends who have taken on the foster family role.

The end goal for the couple is to use their work as a gateway to expand support and collaborate with organizations across the country that also work to support foster families in need of the assistance.

Bourbon Candied Apple, Autumn Harvest and Carolina Peach are just a short list of the variety of candle scents featured at You can also find the handcrafted line at The Village Grind, a coffee shop in Greenville SC. In addition to upcoming co-branding partnerships in the works with a yoga studio and an Indiana golf course, Emily and Travis Bucholtz look forward to continuing to produce with purpose.