Have you ever had such a passion for something that you feel inclined to start a business to honor it? Meet Kristen, owner of Charleston Candle Co. We caught up with Kristen to hear all about her love for Charleston, what led to her decision to create a candle line to honor her city, and her number one tip for anyone thinking of starting their own business. Be sure to check out her shop and follow her on Instagram!
PI: We love that you find inspiration for your scents from Charleston landmarks! What drew you to the city and the idea of creating scents based off of its landmarks?
KS: I moved to Charleston in 2013 after my husband and I got married – he was still attending school which was the practical reason for living here, but we both knew we wanted to stay in Charleston. There is so much history here and always something to do. I love how each part of Charleston has its own unique identity.
PI: Have you ever thought about starting another candle collection inspired by another city?
KS: I have briefly thought about collections based on other cities, but I’m not sure I could really do another city justice since I have such a passion for Charleston. We are definitely working on more collections that aren’t necessarily Charleston-specific, but will still be southern inspired.
PI: What’s your favorite scent?
KS: My favorite scent overall is “The Gold Bug” candle from our Fall Collection. It has such a unique and pretty scent that I really could have burning all year long. From our signature scents, it’s hard to pick a favorite – but I really love “Sweetgrass Basket” and “Sunday Brunch Mimosa”. They both have fresh, vibrant smells that always remind me of being downtown on the weekend.
PI: What made you want to venture into the candle business?
KS: I started making candles for fun, but when I thought of pairing candle scents to different places and ideas from Charleston, I thought others might love a fun reminder of their time here too. Candles are one of those things that you can never have too many of – and always provide a relaxing and calming presence to any space. I love that our candles go a step further and help our customers relive special memories from Charleston.
PI: What tips do you have for someone looking to start their own business?
KS: So many people have amazing ideas for a new product or service, but in an “Etsy World” it’s easy to get lost among the thousands of other new businesses that are always popping up. What makes your product or idea special? Figure out your motivation behind what you’re selling, because that is what customers are going to buy into before they commit to purchasing a product or service from you.
We’re so excited to share one of Kristen’s deliciously scented Christmas candles. Head over to Instagram for your chance to win!