Transitioning Back to Work, Finding a Notary, and a Hawaiian Roll Candle

Hawaiian rolls originated in a Hawaiian bakery during the 1950’s. Robert Taira, the founder of King’s Hawaiian Bakery opened his first shop in  Hilo, Hawaii. The bread he offered in this shop was a fusion of pineapple juice and a bread recipe that was brought to the islands by Portuguese immigrants.

In 2020 I made molds for a split Hawaiian roll to use for the production of my first burger slider candles (pictured below right).

Since Hawaiian rolls have a perfectly delicious aroma all by themselves, I decided to make a silicone mold using a whole roll. Pictured below is the result.

To simulate this roll, I combined pineapple candle oil fragrance with a freshly baked bread aroma. After the scented wax had set in the mold, I popped it out and painted the top using melted wax that had been colored an orange-brown.

The Hawaiian roll candle looks and smells like a real Hawaiian roll. Although I thought about stacking it on Texas garlic toast or other candle bread products, I decided that it was perfectly fine just the way it was. This candle is the most simple one that I produce. At $10.00 per candle, it will also be the smallest and the most affordably priced candle that I’ll be selling.

In the meanwhile, I have to return to work as the chef instructor of my high school Culinary Arts program starting this coming Wednesday on August 4. School for both in-person and virtual instruction will start on Monday, August 9.

Since I need to start getting ready for work and to prep for the new school year, what has been a daily blog for Tasty-Candles will have to shift to a once or possibly twice a week blog. My candle production will also be shifting to nights and weekends.

Mindful that I need to complete my business licensing requirements by filing a DBA (doing business as) with the county clerk’s office, I’ve scheduled an appointment with a notary through my bank for after work on Monday, August 16. One advantage to using a bank notary is that this service won’t cost me a penny.

During pre-Covid days I could have found a travelling notary to come visit me at my home or at work. Since district policy won’t allow visitors, I can’t have a notary meet me at school. Since I’m also a very private person, I’d rather not have a stranger in my home.

Once I have the county DBA form notarized, I can submit it to the county office. I can also use this form as the documentation needed to open a business bank account.

Why All Small Businesses Need a Bank Account that’s Separate from Your Personal Accounts:

There are many reasons why small business owners should separate their business accounts from their personal accounts.

  1. This will allow me to more easily distinguish between personal and business related expenses.
  2. Being able to distinguish between personal and business related expenses will make it easier to complete my tax returns and to identify all of the deductions that I qualify for. The are currently nearly 100 deductions available to small businesses depending upon what services they provide or what products they produce and/or sell. Having a separate business account will make it easier to qualify for these deductions.
  3. Business accounts sometimes have features that personal accounts don’t have. My bank provides unlimited electronic deposits, and no processing fees for up to $25,000 in cash deposits each month. As this account grows, I would qualify for more benefits such as not having a monthly fee and having up to 500 free transactions per month.
  4. Having a separate business account will reduce the likelihood of my sending up a red flag at the IRS or the state revenue office and will reduce my chances of being audited. If I were to be audited, having a business account separate from my personal account will also reduce my exposure to government scrutiny.

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