meet stanford of old city canning co.
WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.
Hi! I’m Stanford. I was named after my grandfather, not the university. For the most part, I like to stay busy. In addition to starting Old City Canning Co., I work full-time during the week and cook at a local homeless shelter. My favorite dog breed is Boxer. And, my favorite flower is hyacinth.
WHAT DO YOU MAKE?
I make scented soy candles. They’re inspired by life. Expect to smell something interesting, not always pretty, but always alluring and thought-provoking.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS A MAKER?
Interesting story—I’ll make it quick. I was taking wine classes and needed a better way to learn the various notes and flavors in wine. Instead of purchasing a [very expensive] scent kit, I opted for candle oils. Then decided to go all-in and bought the wax and the supplies. It became an obsession to get the formula right; so after about a year of trial and error, I finally a viable product.
WHAT MAKES YOUR PRODUCTS THE BEST?
I choose all of my scents for a reason. If you want a cotton candy candle, you’ve come to the wrong chandler. Most of my scents tell a story, others are inspired by places I’ve traveled or people I’ve met. They also smell great and can easily fill an apartment.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKSPACE.
I call it “the chandlery”. It’s a lovely loft space at Jasper Studios in Kensington that was converted from an old carpet factory. Lots of natural light, high ceilings, and charm. It fits my industrial branding perfectly.
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR PRODUCTS?
Soon on my website and a few select shopists (like Corduroy!). I plan my growth very strategically. I’d much prefer to have a few great retail partners than have my products in every store in Philadelphia.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I moved to Philly about 5 years ago for law school (yes—I’m a lawyer; please don’t hold it against me) and liked it here so much, I decided to stay.
WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?
Venturing out into the unknown of starting a small business. It’s like riding a very expensive rollercoaster!
IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Play the violin. I took lessons for a while, but it’s so difficult. You can find me at the Kimmel Center anytime a violinist is playing with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
COFFEE OR TEA?
Tea!! Lapsang Souchong in the morning, green in the afternoon, and chamomile at night.
ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Morning definitely. I wake up with the sun, no coffee (or tea) needed, though tea certainly helps (see above).
WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO WHILE YOU'RE MAKING?
Lofty, electronic-type music. Think Hotel Costes or Buddha Bar.
SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF
- I’m a triplet
- My first job was working on a dairy farm
- I’m a Certified Sommelier
- I’ve taken cooking classes from a French chef
- I iron my bedsheets (try it; it’s soooo worth it).