Our Story...

Let your light shine...

Hey y'all! My name is Callie Altman & I am the proud owner of North Mountain Candle Co.! Whether you're visiting us for the first time or we're old friends, we're so glad you're here!

Our story begins in November of 2005 when I decided to take my love of candles to the next level and try to make a few for Christmas presents. Much to my surprise - my family & friends LOVED them - so much so that they wanted to buy more! Over the course of the next year, the experiments from my kitchen evolved into a business in my basement. And as they say...the rest is history!

Twelve years later and you can find our products in several retail locations throughout Southwest Virginia, as well as here on our website. We also attend numerous shows, festivals, and markets around the region each year. You can often find us teaching our Artisan Candlemaking Class throughout the year at The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA. We absolutely love getting out into our community & visiting with our customers face to face! And as you can see, we aren't hard to find!

In addition to our retail products, our business has grown to include a full line of custom special event favors - Occasions by North Mountain - to help make your wedding, shower, party, or celebration truly one of a kind. With my background in special events & wedding planning, I know how stressful event planning can be! We love working hand in hand with our clients to create their own one of a kind favors to make their events uniquely special.

People ask us all the time if North Mountain is an actual place and the answer is YES! I grew up in a "holler" at the base of North Mountain in a small former mining community called Longdale located in Alleghany County, Virginia. Almost all of my childhood memories involve the outdoors in some way, shape, or form. From hiking along the Appalachian Trial, to camping at Douthat State Park, or fishing on the Cowpasture River, I have been blessed to live in God's country all of my life.

We don't have to go very far to find inspiration for our products. When you're surrounded by the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, all you have to do is look outside your window! Our work shoppe is located in the picturesque town of Buchanan, Virginia. The Blue Ridge Parkway winds its way through the beautiful mountains that tower above us. It is such a blessing to live in such a pretty place!

My goal as an artisan is to share a little bit of my heaven here on earth with my customers - one product at a time. That's why almost all of our fragrances have been influenced by some of the places you'll find here in Southwest Virginia.

We truly are a small, family owned business. My husband, Mark, is an expert candlemaker and our Director of Logistics! From packing orders, to event set up, to inventory, he is the backbone of our operation. Our sons, Mason and Easton, get in on the action too! Mason is a pro at bagging customer orders at events. If you look carefully at our booth, you'll even see some of his artistic signage! Easton loves to "help" box orders and "organize" our never ending supplies!

When we aren't making candles, you can find Mark and I working as EMS providers in our local community. And in our free time, you'll find us with our boys, making memories & living life to the fullest!

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us here at North Mountain Candle Co. We hope we get the opportunity to meet you in person one day soon! In closing, I'll leave you with my favorite scripture, the inspiration for my little business....

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16

With a grateful heart,

Callie Altman

Owner, North Mountain Candle Co.