Many different community events including visits with the Easter Bunny and Santa are run by the business, as well as other charitable endeavours that include the creation of special candles throughout the year where proceeds are donated to local charities. The store also donates hundreds of items to community groups.
“We get a couple hundred requests each year for donations to various service organizations and community groups,” Mark said. “We’re really proud of what we are able to give back to the community and we couldn’t do that without the support of our loyal customers.”
In November the business started a new consultant division aimed at getting their products into the hands of customers who might not be able to make it to the historic village of Sparta.
When the business started Pat and Mary primarily sold antique furniture and the family would spend their evenings making candles in their home. The candle end of the business flourished and now more than 20 scents are available, with the addition of extra scents during the year.
Mary recalls the day they opened the sun was shining. “Weather-wise it was a beautiful day. I remember the store being really, really busy,” she said. “It was an excellent day.”
Changes to their business in the last 25 years include the onset of technology as well as social media, with Mark being the store’s resident tech expert.
Anything Used and Sparta Country Candles participates in a wide-variety of local tourism initiatives including the Back Roading Elgin map and Daytripping magazine which Mark said promotes all the local businesses and provides tourists the Elgin County experience.
More information on the 25th anniversary event can be obtained by calling Pat, Mary or Mark at 519-775-0054.
Where: Anything Used and Sparta Country Candles, 46361 Sparta Line, Sparta, ON.
When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
What: 25th anniversary candle launch and 25% discount on all in-store items (memorabilia, home décor, candles and fudge)
Source: Sparta Country Candles