Mose Mary and Me was started by Stephanie Renee Kauffman during a particularly hard Chicago winter. While Stephanie remains the sole constant of the company, since starting on January 23rd of 2016, many friends and family have stepped in to help in to help when needed. Today, Mose Mary and Me has sold over 35,000 candles, all over the US, in stores in 6 states.
A little more back story...
December 5th of 2015, Stephanie Kauffman lost her job. She was performing comedy at the time, was broke, and in massive debt. Being the holiday season, she wanted to give Christmas gifts to her friends. Stephanie decided to research DIY gift ideas, but wanted to add her own flair. The next thing Stephanie knew, she had created some prayer candles, with her friends’ favorite icons and comedians on them. The first candle design was Mr. Rogers, then Tina Fey and Beyoncé. She didn’t think much about it at the time, as it was just a gift. But when another friend saw the candles, she asked if Stephanie could make her some candles with her favorite folks on them.
Jobless and broke, Stephanie had to donate plasma, in order to afford to make the first candles for the order. Someone made a Facebook post about the candles, sparking more requests and orders, so Stephanie decided to open an online shop. Stephanie vividly remembers finally scraping together the $13 she needed, to afford her first paper cutter. Stephanie’s roommate Megan loaned her $200, so Stephanie wouldn't have to keep donating plasma, and a few weeks later, Stephanie started selling to her first store, The Silver Room. Stephanie would lug candles on public transportation, for over an hour to get them to the store. Then, slowly over time, more stores, and more candle designs, additional opportunities arose.
Although Stephanie has hit some road bumps and setbacks along the way, slowly she was able to pay off debt, and even save some money, enabling her to rent a cannon laser printer, which has been a life saver. Now, 4 years later, she lives in New Orleans, and recently opened her own studio. Currently, Stephanie has over 500 candle designs, and makes new ones every week. Because of the growth and success, Stephanie has hired on additional part time help, with which she loads of fun doing this fun little thing, upon which she stumbled by accident. It’s a funny how life happens, but to Stephanie, life is a comedy. Light, laughter, levity, that's what it's all about.
Mose Mary and Me has been fortunate enough to get some cool media coverage! Check it out!
Interviewed for 365NewOrleans!
Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie all get Mose Mary and Me candles on the American Idol red carpet!
Mose Mary and Me teams up with Polite Society NOLA for a great cause!
Saints Post Season is in full effect and Mose Mary and Me candles are lighting the way to victory!
About 7 minutes in you'll see a Saint Tom Benson candle that Gayle Benson brought to her suite at the Superdome!
John Legend keeps his Mose Mary and Me candle on his EGOT shelf!
Artist in their Own Words with ViaNolaVie!
Drew Brees candle featured on WGNO
My first story in New Orleans! Custom Celebrity Prayer Candles Will Light Up Your Christmas
Can yo Guess Dat?
Saints player candles embrace the superstition