Theres a real art form to creating quality candles, and few people realize that theres a company right here in Northern Michigan that crafts beautiful candles from scratch.
Bill Stewart, who was living near Saginaw at the time, started Bullfrog Light Company in 1981, after playing around with making candles as part of a school project he was doing with his kids. His kids soon became distracted and moved on to other endeavors - but Bill, fascinated by the process, continued his pursuit of the perfect candle for several years.
Working with high-quality wax, he soon developed a method by which he could make candles that would glow from top to bottom, unlike most candles which primarily glow only where the top of the wick is located. Succeeding at this twist on the traditional candle was all it took for Stewart to decide that his creations might make a great commercial venture.
But, of course, a new candle company needed a standout name.
Since it was spring, the bullfrogs in the nearby Shiawassee Flats Game Refuge were very loud, chuckled Betsy Stewart, so that seemed the natural name for the company.
And so Bullfrog Light Company was born. The company started off slow but within about four years, it was obvious that the original manufacturing site was too small, so Bullfrog Light Co. moved up north to Charlevoix.