Chesapeake Bay Candle: Mei Xu Twenty-five years ago, when Mei Xu emigrated from China to the U.S., she loved going to Bloomingdale's to gaze at their housewares. She eventually started making candles in her basement with Campbell's Soup cans, an experiment that led to the multi-million dollar company Chesapeake Bay Candle.
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Chesapeake Bay Candle: Mei Xu

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Chesapeake Bay Candle: Mei Xu

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Twenty-five years ago, when Mei Xu emigrated from China to the U.S., she loved going to Bloomingdale's to gaze at their housewares. She eventually started making candles in her basement with Campbell's Soup cans, an experiment that led to the multi-million dollar company Chesapeake Bay Candle.

Mei Xu started making candles in her basement — using old Campbell's soup cans as molds. Andrew Holder for NPR hide caption

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Mei Xu started making candles in her basement — using old Campbell's soup cans as molds.

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