Alexander moved to NYC for college in 2017, while Paul held down the fort back home in PA, tackling candle production for orders and selling at markets on his own. Between being a full time student in a new city, Alexander juggled the website, online orders, and other business operations out of his dorm room.
Running a small business on top of a primary job and college was a challenge for the duo, but it did not slow the Moonrise train down. By 2018, business had scaled up and candle production moved into a studio space at the Millworks in Harrisburg, PA. Thanks to the increased workload, Paul was able to leave his job and pursue Moonrise full time.
A bunch of half-way meetups in New Jersey, long nights juggling homework, and a global pandemic later, Alexander felt so much gratitude for his dad’s dedication and he imagined bringing Moonrise Candles to NYC markets.