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Meet Candyce of Plum Creek Mercantile
Tell us a little about you . . .
I graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Zoology and then obtained an AA in Veterinary Technology. I worked full time in a veterinary hospital for 5 years and I continue to work relief as a Licensed Veterinary Technician at a local veterinary emergency and trauma hospital. However, the majority of my days over the last 8 years have been as a stay-at-home mom to my three children. I have an 8 year old son, 6 year old daughter and 4 year old daughter. I live in a small rural town and actively participate in many volunteer organizations. I have a passion for living a low-impact, sustainable life and am constantly striving to make changes where I can.
What is your business and where can we find it?
My business is Plum Creek Mercantile and can be found at www.plumcreekmercantile.com . I am working to establish a site that features unique, yet simple products for every day living. Products that replace a more disposable version that we have all become used to using.
Is it mom-owned, invented, created . . .?
This business was completely created out of being a mom. It started one day while reading an Oprah article about living green. It made me start thinking about what in my life was creating a large amount of waste; Ziploc bags for school lunches is what came to mind. That day I sewed my first mock up of a snack bag and haven’t looked back since.
A little about your entrepreneur journey so far?
I started by listing the snack bags and bulk food bags on Etsy to see if I could sell a couple. I was shocked and amazed at the response I received to the interest in my products. This response made me stop and contemplate a larger business presence. I have since started my own website and have plans for continued ecommerce and Northwest retailers.
Where else can people find you?
Currently my products are mostly featured on other blogs. However, this question did make me ponder that Facebook email that a friend sent me a few months ago. It inspired me to go check it out- now I can say I have a spot on Facebook. I look forward to having a blog in the future. I am still searching for a unique and creative idea behind my blog.
Anything else you’d like to share?
A huge thank you to all those people who have purchased my products and sent such positive feedback. I find my greatest joy in knowing that each set of snack bags is pulling hundreds if not thousands of plastic sandwich bags out of the environment. Thank you to all those making this small change in their lives.