This month’s small business spotlight is someone near and dear to my heart. I met Karla when we were both in an online business class and we connected over the possibility (and then reality) of using her candles and my mugs to create candle mugs.
Karla and her husband Spencer run their business with so much heart, and I’m super excited for you to learn more about it, from them, in their own words.
We’re Karla & Spencer, a husband & wife team based in the beautiful Central Coast in California. We have a two-year-old girl and a two week old baby boy.
We run The Mayan Collective. Karla is a photographer and an aspiring nursing student from Guatemala. Spencer is a registered nurse from Ohio. We both have the passion to help and serve others. We donate 20% of our proceeds to help people in Guatemala.
We started making “thank you candles” for Karla’s photography clients. She has always thought that giving a handmade gift to her clients showed appreciation to them for choosing her as a photographer. The business has continued to grow since then, with more scents and new products added.
Our favorite part of our business is getting to know our customers. Many of them have become our friends and we have never met them. Our customers love that fact that we make clean products and that we donate part of our proceeds to help children in small villages. Many of our customers have even given direct donations for some kids that are in need to basic items (such as shoes, clothes, food).
This is Andrea talking now: I’m sure you’ll just LOVE the Mayan Collective. Their candles are made with soy wax which is so much safer for you. Their candles contain no carcinogens, toxins or pollutants which means that the candles are less likely to trigger allergies. Soy wax also burns cooler which means that you can enjoy it for 30%-50% longer than a paraffin candle. Not to mention, the candles smell FANTASTIC so that alone is a huge win! You will love adding these to your decor.