Seattle-based glassybaby gives back in Lake Oswego
Seattle-based glassybaby's Lake Oswego shop may have started as a five-month pop-up last August, but the hand-blown votive candle cup company continues to thrive and give back to the community at 390 N. State St.
Founder Lee Rhodes says the store is staffed by Lake Oswegans, and the company donates 10 percent of all Lake Oswego sales to local charities. The company has donated $43,000 to the Children's Cancer Association, Nick Wilson Charitable Group, PS Girlfriends, Candlelighters for Children with Cancer and Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, and has extended its Lake Oswego lease through the end of the year.
"It's been amazing," Rhodes says. "It's an honor to be part of the community."
On May 4, the shop is running a special event to support The Bloom Project, a volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides fresh floral bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients.
From 10 a.m.-6 p.m., glassybaby Lake Oswego will donate 10 percent of all in-store sales to the nonprofit.
Rhodes, a three-time cancer survivor, founded glassybaby in 2001. During chemo treatments, she met other patients who couldn't afford basic needs such as bus fare, childcare or groceries. Inspired to launch glassybaby, Rhodes made it her mission to use the company to help alleviate those struggles so that patients could focus on healing.
The giving mission of glassybaby has since expanded to help people, animals and the environment.
Each of glassybaby's one-of-a-kind candleholders, which come in more than 400 colors, has a unique name such as "joy," "hope," "gratitude," "fearless" and "sorry."