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Everyone always asks, where does the name come from?  When I was trying to figure out what to call this company, I wanted it to be something meaningful to me - something that made me who I am.  So, I landed on Two Candlesticks.


The story:

In "Les Misérables" by Victor Hugo, after Jean Valjean is released from prison, he seeks shelter at the bishop's house (Monseigneur Bienvenu's residence) but repays the bishop's kindness by stealing the bishop's silverware. He takes silverware, including candlesticks, and escapes into the night.


However, when Valjean is later caught by the police and brought back to the bishop's house, expecting punishment, the bishop tells the authorities that he had given the silverware to Valjean and even gives him two silver candlesticks that he had not taken, emphasizing the importance of using the silver to make an honest man out of Valjean. This act of forgiveness and generosity by the bishop has a profound impact on Valjean and leads to his transformation throughout the story.

When I first heard this story, it hit me hard and it's something that I think about often.  It was an amazing example of the person I want to be, and the values I want my company to stand for.  We will always strive to do the right thing, to take care of each other, and be there for those in need.  We want to be the spark that leads to a transformation and a better world for us all.



Matthew Martin

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