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Our Story

We're Mark and Kathleen. Truth be told, woodworking and art weren't our ambitions. We were both following paths which were the textbook social norms. We were always taught that you go to school and study hard so you can wear a tie or a conservative blouse and make a contribution to the corporate world. 

Everyone encounters obstacles on their paths. We happened across some pretty large ones and ended up with some proverbial rocks in our shoes. There came a point those boots didn't just need to be shaken out, they needed to be changed. 

For Kathleen, the change came from a diagnosis of a rare autoimmune disorder in 2011. It's now well-managed, but required a more flexible schedule than a 9-5 as a therapist could accommodate. 

I worked in biodiagnostics. March of 2020, COVID-19 eliminated my position. What was my side passion and Kathleen's full-time gig became our sole source. Or maybe "Soul Source?"

Our woodshop is nestled in the foothills of the Catalina mountain range of Southern Arizona. It's more than just a shop. It's become our dusty little church. Every time we make something new, we too are made anew. 

The name, "Hard Candy," came from a song from one of our favorites (Counting Crows), and from the process and resulting creation. 

The process is always done with sweet intention with the result being an item that's not just a treat, but something solid, special, and unique. 

To everyone who has purchased anything from Hard Candy, you are appreciated more than a string of words can adequately convey. Thanks for believing in us. We believe in you too! Shake out your shoes (or change them)! Start anew. It's scary as hell, but change can be the start of something beautiful.

An interview with Shoutout Arizona can be found here:


We've got no investors and no venture capitalists. It's just the two of us. For this, we want to sincerely thank you for allowing us to do what we love to do, for elevating the importance of shopping small, and exalting the role of artists.