by Lisa Stinson, Community Journalist
HARDWICK – At Hazen Union, the holiday magic has already begun. Students in Jay Modry’s Building a Business class are busy in the workshop, creating scented candles, wax melts, soaps, and holiday wreaths, all for sale to the public. Scents of balsam fir, cranberry, lavender, and gingerbread are thick in the air, while students learn hands-on lessons in consumer preferences, inventory, manufacturing processes, revenue, expenses, sales, and marketing.
Their business, called Hazen Wreaths, is taking and fulfilling orders now through December 15. Once seasonal sales wrap up, students will crunch the numbers and be able to keep any profits from their enterprise. On pay day (the last day of class), profits will be distributed based on the hours each student logs and will include bonuses that the class votes on.
Orders may be placed online on the student-built website at bit.ly/hazen-wreaths. The class will also sell their handcrafted items at the Highland Center for the Arts Wintermarket in Greensboro on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the community is invited to stop by the Hazen Wreaths booth at this Bavarian-themed artisan market. Admission to the market is free.