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N.H. artisans, foodies, creators gather for Expo

  • A heart-shaped box at Granite State Candy Shoppe in Concord. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor file

  • Ross Mingarelli pours his soy candles in his Warner basement. Ethan DeWitt / Monitor file

  • Steve Cybulski (left) and Janna Kupper stir mustard at Blackwater Mustard Co. Nick Stoico / Monitor file

Published: 3/20/2019 11:54:42 AM

There are more than 140 businesses and groups who will be exhibiting at the Made in N.H. Expo this weekend. Hours will be Friday, 1 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here’s just a small sample of some of the Merrimack County exhibitors:

Granite State Candy Shoppe

Hand-dipping strawberries for Valentine’s Day is one of the time-honored traditions at one of the few businesses left in the state still producing handmade chocolates. Granite State Candy has been located at the same spot on Warren Street in Concord since 1927 and is still owned and managed by the third-generation of the Bart family. In 2004, the store and kitchen were renovated, but some of the original candymaking equipment is still in use today.

CandleTree Soy Candles

In 2016, two years into his landscaping business, Ross Mingarelli was looking for a side-hobby. It wasn’t long before one page caught his eye: a do-it-yourself tutorial for soy wax candles.

That curiosity has turned into a business, with Mingarelli spending hours producing and selling thousands of candles with more than 240 scents from his home in Warner. Over time, Mingarelli slowly perfected each variety, producing his own recipe book he keeps closely guarded.

Blackwater Mustard Co.

Steve Cybulski’s home doubles as his mustard factory, one that produces several cases of jarred mustard each day, none more than his award-winning hot-sweet mustard, the original flavor that turned his hobby into a full-time job.

Blackwater Mustard Company is Cybulski’s business, one that offers more than 20 varieties of mustard, some that will clear your sinuses with sharp spice and others that will soothe your taste buds in sweetness. Many can do both.

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