Castine Candle Company 

They are a “Maine-made” company with a story that is unlike many small businesses. Castine Candle Company is family-owned and operated in Benton, Maine. They have invested in research (actually hiring a chemist!)and product redesign, but what may set them apart is the fact that every online order they take they are giving back a portion of the proceeds to a charitable cause. Micah and Carrie Thurston, owners of the Castine Candle Company have created “Candles for a Cause” which supports the New England Society and The Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing. The online effort is something the Thurston’s say will make a difference without competing with the very stores that carry their product. “We don’t want to be in competition with the very shops that carry us, so we decided we would become exclusively a wholesale distributor.” The Thurston’s goal is to raise at least 5-thousand dollars for the cancer center by October 4th, which is the day of the “Dempsey Challenge”. The Dempsey Challenge is a fundraising experience for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. Comprised of various cycling distances (10, 25, 50 and 100 miles), and a 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk, participants are encouraged to raise funds as they prepare for The Dempsey Challenge. The Dempsey Center provides high-quality education, support and wellness services to patients, survivors and caregivers. More information on Patrick’s personal story and commitment, as well as services provided by the Dempsey Center, can be found at Dempsey Challenge.Candles for a Cause isn’t a temporary deal either, it’s something the couple says will stick with them showing that a profit doesn’t always beat out people. For more information on the Castine Candle Company please visit them online at