By the Bay Botanicals in the Press
By the Bay Botanical mentioned in Florist Review Magazine!
This past April, reporter Matt Kelly reached out to the owner of By the Bay Botanicals to discuss ideas and tips on how fellow florists can boost sales by offering candles. With the info provided by Michelle's free e-book "Six Easy Tips to Maximize Candle Sales" the owner revealed a lot of great info on how candles, when merchandised properly can truly boost sales - for florists or other gift shop owners! Read the full article by clicking on the button below!
Press Release - Westminster Candle and Gift Shop is closing January 31, 2015...
Westminster, MD - 1/1/2016 - Westminster's gift shop By the Bay Botanicals will be closing it's doors January 31, 2016. The 7 East Main Street, Westminster, MD location has served as home to the candle making business for one and a half years while also offering a unique selection of candles, locally made products, and fun and funky gifts all made in the USA to the public. " While we love our faithful customers and community," states owner Michelle Sholund, "we had to make a hard decision. A physical location for customers to smell our candles and shop was a big part of our original plan to help expand awareness about our brand, however we are seeing the need to take this company in a different direction, one we cannot do in this current location."...
By the Bay Botanicals CEO gives Carroll Ignite 4 Presentation on 4 Actions to Bring Unity in the Main Street Community.
April 23, 2015 - By the Bay Botanicals owner, Michelle Sholund gave a compelling 5 minute Ignite Presentation along side 20 other influential Carroll County (Maryland) leaders in the community at The Carroll Arts Center. Ignite is a fast paced event, similar to TED Talk, that puts multiple speakers in front of an audience with only 5 minutes to speak on a topic they are passionate about with a power-point presentation that also advances every 15 seconds. Details about the event can be found via http://carrolltechcouncil.org/ignite/
Click below to see the presentation.
By the Bay Botanicals Received the Downtown Award at the 2014 Carroll Biz Challenge!
The Carroll Biz Challenge is a truly unique event in Carroll County. It is a little bit Shark Tank, mixed with American Idol with a big focus on Carroll County, Maryland in support of local aspiring entrepreneurs. The competition and live finale are completely sponsor driven, and each year our reach has grown remarkably. This year will be no different as the event was held November 20, 2014 and presented live. In the last two years, over 100 applications from entrepreneurs and students were submitted around the county, and 2014 had biggest response yet.
This year’s Biz Challenge boasted record breaking numbers of sponsors, of applicants, of finalists, of prizes, and now we add to that list record breaking live event participation! Over 175 people were there to see the 7 finalists pitch their startups at Cre-a-tv Studios in front of the live audience and panel of judges. The judge panel included four successful local business owners - Mike Gibble, Toni Pomeroy, Aaron Davis, and Dave Burrows. ...
...At the end of the night. Michelle Sholund with “By the Bay Botanicals” was awarded Carroll County Economic Development’s $2,500 Downtown Award. Sholund opened By the Bay Botanicals Gift Shop in the spring of the 2014. The startup is part of the City of Westminster’s incubator program and is also on Main Street Westminster. Jon Weetman of Carroll County Economic Development presented the award to an excited and tearful Michelle live on stage...
From the front page of the Carroll County Times...
By the Bay Botanicals was featured on the front page of The Carroll County Times July 20, 2014. The article, "Incubator Program Aims To Attract Business to Downtown Westminster" focuses on what the incubator, CSPC (or Conservation Preservation and Stewardship Corporation) has done for the gift shop business and our how things are going since we opened.
By the Bay Botanicals featured in incubator program article that helped us get our new retail space on Westminster's Main Street.
The step to opening a retail location is a big one. We've been looking for the perfect location for several months. It wasn't until March after learning about Community Preservation and Stewardship Corporation (CPSC) our dream became a reality. Read all about our adventure from transitioning from a home based business to getting our very first retail shop at 7 East Main Street, Westmintser, MD by clicking on the link below!
Click here to read the article in Carroll County "Advocate"
Reisterstown Life July 2013 issue features By the Bay Botanicals!
The Sweet Smell of Success is the featured article in the latest issue of Reisterstown Life. Just released is the July 2013 issue of Reisterstown life where editor Marissa Gallo interviewed and featured the owner of By the Bay Botanicals, Michelle Sholund discussing everything from the past, present and future of By the Bay Botanicals. Pictured on the cover is Michelle Sholund, holding a Baltimore Berry Blush candle sitting in front of her favorite local hangout, Java Mama's in Reisterstown, MD. Click on the photo to read the full 4 page article revealing how Michelle started the home-based palm wax candle business, her reasons for wanting to live and start a business in the quaint town of Reisterstown, MD, what's it is like to have a "green" business, and what exactly are the future plans for By the Bay Botanicals.
By the Bay Botanicals and The Chesapeake Bay Trust Forms Partnership
Marylanders are a unique bunch of people who are passionate about blue crabs, huge sports fans, and linked by one common thread - The Chesapeake Bay! Our business is unique, not just by what we make, but how we walk the walk when it comes to helping the environment. It is our belief that we can help other Marylanders (and beyond) as well as small business to think and do more for the environment. In wanting to partner with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, together we believe we can do more to help educate the general population about how we can protect the environment and raise funds to put forth additional conservation efforts all in the name of Saving the Bay. Click the button below to read on.
The Truth Behind Soy and Palm Wax
Candlefind.com Candle Review
December 2011 Avery of candlefind.com had a chance to review some of our palm wax candles... "their candles are all made from palm wax and with cool scent named after "destination" locations from all over the world. Cool concept right?... " Avery thought so - but did she like the candles? - Read Avery's review...
Press Contact Info.
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By the Bay Botanicals
90 Aileron Court, 6A
Westminster, MD 21157
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- Patty of Westminster, MD
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