Reed Candle Company began its candle manufacturing operation in a small fourteen by eighteen foot building on Waverly Avenue in San Antonio, Texas. The company’s founder, Peter Doan Reed, was having a hard time locating Votive Candles to sell in his Red and White Grocery Store and knew the closest place that he could purchase them was in St. Louis, Missouri. Recognizing the opportunity to supply the rapidly growing market, he began experimenting in a building that he built behind his home. By the end of 1937, he purchased his first two votive molding machines and started producing candles with the help of his family and one employee.
After 80 years, Reed Candle Company has expanded to more than two hundred employees, produces more than three hundred and fifty different candle products and is the leader in the industry of Religious Prayer Candles. Reed distributes nationally and internationally with a network of warehouses throughout the United States.
In 2017, Veladoras Misticas, a Mexican family company, acquired Reed Candle Company. Veladoras Misticas has been in the candle business since 1994, located in Nuevo León, México with a strong presence in the export market.