99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall... The Story of Fall River Makers, Liquor Wicks.

Liquor Wicks creates custom Liquor, Beer, and Wine Candles using pure natural and organic soy wax, cotton core wicks, and scents containing natural oils. They've been a champion of the open markets for years, dazzling fans and garnering new customers at every event. As we all know, handmade stardom comes with it's challenges and it certainly doesn't happen over night. This is the story of how Liquor Wicks got their start. There were 99 bottles of beer on the wall...

Owners, Meaghan McCarthy and Freddy Freeman had just lost their jobs. They went out to eat with friends for a morale boost and while at dinner, the eco-conscious duo noticed all the beautiful bottles behind the bar, destined for landfills once depleted. They devised a plan to start recycling as many bottles as they could from hundreds of restaurants and bars around the Massachusetts.

From sun up to sun down, once a week, Freddy and Meaghan would drive their truck to the restaurants to pick up recyclable waste, returning to Freddy’s mother’s garage to spend the next several hours sorting the haul for the recycling centers. Since Massachusetts is a state that rewards consumers with a bottle and can deposit, the couple planned for the recycled materials to not only better the environment, but provide a weekly pay out too. Their first trip to the deposit center was a rough one. The deposit program didn't accept liquor bottles, one of the chief discards and items they had collected all week. 

Frustrated (and stuck with a garage full of liquor bottles) the couple reached their first "ah-ha" moment. “Seeing all those bottles reminded me of my grandparents wine collection. My grandmother would cut empty bottles open when I was a kid to make drinking glasses. I’m told it was the thing to do in the 60s and 70s,” said McCarthy. The idea grew and the craft began.Meaghan and Freddy finally found a use for the bottles and Liquor Wicks was born. 

Liquor Wicks now uses top-shelf post-consumer liquor bottles to create scented, natural essential oils, 100% soy wax, and 100% cotton wicks candles, made and hand-poured in Fall River, Massachusetts.  

The duo keeps it local, selling at Rhode Island craft shows and serving as a rock to the New England Open Market events and a Season Pass Holder at the Greenway Open Market. "We try to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible, and we have our soy wax supplier in the same center as our warehouse,” says Freeman. "Our soy wax is made at American soy farms—we are helping them too.”

So, while you might not be able to get drunk off the bottled candles, you can stop by the Greenway Open Market for a sampling and meet Freddy and Meaghan in person. Liquor Wicks is also available for wholesale opportunities through their website www.liquorwicks.com.

Original Article at Design Life Network

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