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Renegade Brooklyn Pop Up

Weird Beard Candle Co on the road to the Renegade Brooklyn Pop Up

This past weekend, we packed up our Prius C tetris style and headed down to Brooklyn for the final Renegade Pop Up of the season. We left Friday afternoon and stayed overnight with friends in Greenpoint, because we knew we'd have to be up bright and early for set up Saturday morning.

 

East River State Park before the Renegade Pop Up was set up for the day.

This is what East River State Park looks like at 8am, before any this is set up and anyone is hanging around.

Weird Beard Candle Co booth at the Renegade Brooklyn Pop Up

Weird Beard Candle Co Mega Mandarin display at the Renegade Brooklyn Pop Up

Weird Beard Candle Co display at the Renegade Brooklyn Pop Up

View from inside the Weird Beard Candle Co booth at the Renegade Brooklyn Pop Up

This was our view for the day. We had a great time meeting all you NYC weirdos, and chatting with our booth neighbor, Chase from Wrong World Ceramics. As soon as we saw Chase's work, we knew we wanted to purchase something, but it was literally all so rad that it took us all day long to settle on what we'd get. We ended up bringing home a flask very similar to this, but in red instead of blue. It was a long, hot day, but a great experience.

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Boho Chic Boutique pop up shop

Weird Beard Candle Co. pop up shop at Boho Chic Boutique, Waterford NY
Friday night, we had out first pop up shop at Boho Chic Boutique in Waterford NY. We met some amazing people, drank some great craft beer, and had the best ice cream of our lives. Here's a visual recap:
Weird Beard Candle Co pop up shop at Boho Chic Boutique, Waterford NY
We had candles, melts, and our newest venture: soft enamel lapel pins.
Boho Chic Boutique, Waterford NY
We were so excited to be working with Boho Chic because of how well the shop is curated. Anyone from the girly girl to the rustic man can fine something in this shop.
Boho Chic Boutique, Waterford NY
Boho Chic Boutique, Waterford NY
Boho Chic Boutique, Waterford NY
Boho Chic Boutique, Waterford NY
Boho Chic Boutique, Waterford NY
Boho Chic Boutique, Waterford NY
Boho Chic Boutique, Waterford NY
Boho Chic Boutique, Waterford NY
The Dutch Udder Craft Ice Cream at Boho Chic Boutique, Waterford NY
The Dutch Udder held court on the patio, slinging some of the tastiest ice cream we've EVER eaten.
The Dutch Udder's flavor list at Boho Chic Boutique, Waterford NY
The theme of our pop up even was 'Dad's Night Out,' to inspire a little pre-Father's Day shopping. The Dutch Udder brought their a-game with 4 of their beer infused ice creams and their amazing hard cider sorbet, made with Nine Pin cider.
With a selection like that, how could we resist? We definitely both had ice cream for dinner that night. Calories don't count when you're doing a pop up shop, right?
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Hudson Valley Hullabaloo at the Craft Brew Boogaloo

We recently had the pleasure of vending at the Hudson Valley Hullabaloo. The day was warm, but overcast. We had a great time catching up with our maker friends, and meeting our Hudson Valley Weirdos.
This is a rare shot of Weird Beard himself, manning the tent. He spent most of the day over at the Craft Brew Boogaloo next door.
Weird Beard Candle Co Mega Mandarin soy wax melts
We introduced our Mega Mandarin soy wax melts at this event. Look for more melts coming soon!
Diego's tacos of Kingston NY for lunch!
The best food trucks in the Hudson Valley were there to serve us lunch. The tacos from Diego's were on point.
Red & Brown koozie from our swag bag
We had a VIP ticket to the Craft Brew Boogaloo, the sister event next door. We were happy to see this nice little Red & Brown koozie in the VIP swag bag. I put it to good use keeping my seltzer cans cold all afternoon. We also snagged a bottle of their amazing Campfire Syrup, and have been concocting some recipes with it. More to come on that soon!
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2015 Chronogram Block Party

A couple of weekends ago, we loaded up the old Ford Ranger and left Troy bound for Kingston NY. The Chronogram Block Party was the big event, and we vended at the Etsy Pop Up Market. It was our first show in the Hudson Valley, and we were really excited to meet a lot of new people and talk to them about Weird Beard!

 

We set up our tent just as the sun started to move to the west. It was an evening market, and we really enjoyed the diverse crowd that came out to the Chronogram Block Party.

 

We were a block away from the food trucks and beer garden. Once the market ended after dark, the party really got started as the beer garden filled up and people enjoyed the beautiful Kingston night after narrowly missing a band of thunderstorms that cleared just to the north. We had a great time and hope to be back next year!

 

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2015 Greene County Youth Fair

Last Saturday, we packed the Ranger up early in the morning and drove from Troy to Cairo, NY for the Greene County Youth Fair. This is my hometown county fair that I went to as a kid. It was great to see so many old friends & family wander by our booth, and it was even better to meet a lot of awesome new people!

We officially ran out of Weird Beard buttons, but we hope to have more in our hands before the markets we're doing this month.

Come out and see us in August! We'll be at the following markets:

Sun Aug. 9 - Troy Flea, Troy NY
Sat Aug. 15 - Chronogram Block Party, Kingston NY
Sun Aug. 30 - Troy Flea, Troy NY

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2015 Troy Pig Out

This past Saturday was Weird Beard Candle Co's first market! We were at the Troy Pig Out from 10am - 9pm. We met a lot of great people, made some good connections, and most importantly had a great time!

Our first market was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth. We're just getting started! We have several more markets and fairs lined up for the summer. Stay tuned, we'll be sure to keep you posted on all of them! Next up: The Greene County Youth Fair in Cairo NY on July 25. See you there!

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And they're off!

It's almost time! This weekend kicks off the beginning of the race for the Triple Crown. Saturday, May 2nd is Derby Day! We'll be celebrating by tuning in with mint juleps in hand and Weird Beard Candle Co Derby Day candles burning.

Horse racing has always been a part of life for Mike. Growing up, his grandfather and aunt trained and raced horses. This meant childhood summers spent trackside, eating hot dogs and playing vintage arcade games (another nostalgic love of Mike's that we'll get into some other time).

When I met Mike, I had never been to a horse race, despite living most of my life within 50 miles of one of the most famous tracks in the country: Saratoga. The first summer we were together, he took me to the track for the first time, and I fell for it, hard. I'm not much of a gambler, but the atmosphere when a race goes off is electric.

We try to go to opening day and closing day at Saratoga every summer, and as often as we can in between the two. It doesn't officially feel like summer until the track opens at the end of July.

We talk about planning a trip to the Derby one of these years. We'll get there some day!

Have you ever been to a race? How about the Derby? What's your favorite part of spending the day at the track? 

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