Starting a business – Developing a cash flow…

Art in the Park
Art in the Park

Seven years ago, Carol & Bob Grytten started making candles, calling them Mountain Troll Candles. Today, they have their product in a dozen Galleries, make personal appearances at art shows and enjoy a part-time income that exceeds $30 an hour.

Beginning a business does not have to be a drudgery.

What do you like to do? What is fun for you. Start there.

What is there about what you do that might be of interest to others? Meet with Bob in Fletcher over the weekend to discuss your situation with him. He will be at the ‘Tis the Season Holiday Fare at the WNC Ag Center from 10-6PM Friday & Saturday.

What does it take to start a business?

An idea.

What kind of things do you like to do. What magazines do you read? What do you do in you spare time?

A Support Group.

Who are the people who are closest to you, that you talk with the most. Are you a positive thinker? Do you read inspirational material? What makes you laugh?

A way to get your message out.

Can you use a camera? Have you ever advertised in a newspaper? Do you like to meet people? What are you good at? Do you like to read?

Currently, Carol & Bob are giving away their candles to bring attention to their activities. They also use News Releases to help advertise their activities.

Here is a recent News Release sent out with the supporting photography…

Local Artisan to raffle off special Work in show of support for French People

Local couple Bob & Carol Grytten will raffle off a special candle that burns for over 100 hours, at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher during the November 20, 21, 22 Holiday Fest where they will be exhibiting their work. Married in France in 1965, they celebrate their 50 year wedding anniversary this year. “The country and people of France hold a special place in our hearts and we deplore the recent massacre and attack on that country this past Friday. In our small way perhaps we can join the International community in making a statement about this horror and especially the deplorable acts against humanity,” says Grytten.

The item they have selected is of a special birch wood limb, bored out and hand poured with natural soy wax and cotton wick. Lined with metal, once burned it can be refilled and will last for generations. Their Mountain Troll Candles are locally marketed by New Morning Gallery and Mountain Made Gallery in Asheville, Twigs & Leaves in Waynesville, and It’s by Nature in Sylva. The Grytten’s also raffled off a similar candle at Asheville’s Art in The Park this past October with the proceeds donated to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in Asheville, NC.

The Drawing will be held on Sunday and anyone not able to attend the Festival can send their name and e-mail or phone # along with $1 for each chance to Bob Grytten Special Drawing, PO Box 1153, Waynesville, NC 28786. The ‘Tis the Season Holiday Fair will feature over 100 Artisans & Craftsmen from 10-6 Fri & Sat and 11-5 on Sun, located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road Fletcher, I-26 Exit 40 across from the Asheville Regional Airport. Admission is $4 and The Grytten’s will rebate that amount against any purchase of Mountain Troll Candles.

Candle Drawing Art in the Park
Candle Drawing Art in the Park

Andrew Moultrie and Carol Grytten drawing winning entrant, Art in the Park, Asheville, October 2015

Three Mountain Troll Candle with red bow display
Three Mountain Troll Candle with red bow display

Candle Drawing at are in the Park #2
Candle Drawing at Art in the Park #2


Andrew Montrie, Art in the Park Director and Carol Grytten at Mountain Troll Candle booth, Art in the Park, Asheville, Oct 2015
The reason I sent three images to the Editor is so they could have a choice in their layout.  The image of the candles with bow was from my file and could have been taken with any camera. The two of Carol and Andrew were sent because I had first included the first one, then, I discovered the second image which I liked better, so I included that also. My objective here was to get the news release to the Editor as soon as possible as it is time sensitive and they also need lead time to make room in the new paper. I don’t over analyze which images to send, as the most important thing here is the time.

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