Shop Name: The Flying Farm
Located in: Taylors, SC (near Greenville)
What is your shop name: My shop is The Flying Farm. When I was a child my family camped in the Canadian wilderness every summer. Since we couldn’t risk ruining or losing real toys, my sister and I entertained ourselves with our imaginary farms which had to also be flying farms since we moved to a new campsite each night. Today, The Flying Farm represents to me all that is magical, fun and creative in myself.
What inspired you to become a candle artist? I have always adored candles and visiting candle shops were such a wonderful treat. The scents, the shapes, and the mesmerizing flicker of the flame- it’s all so wonderful! I used to love visiting historical sites where you could purchase tapers that you dipped into vats of colored wax! I’m not sure how historically accurate that was, but I could have stayed there all day and I envied the workers who were assigned that job. Ironically, I don’t dye my candles today, but I am still obsessed with candles and can’t resist picking them up and sniffing whenever I see them.
What items in your shop are you most proud of? I really love my wedding favors! I’ve been to so many weddings where the favors get left behind or tossed as soon as guest get home- a huge waste of money! Guest love the candles, though, and rather than get left behind, they occasionally get swiped by other guests who want more than one! Brides can choose from any of my regular scents or from some wedding exclusive scents or they can even request something special to fit their theme. Each favor is personalized with a label in the wedding colors with their name and wedding date.
What do you believe sets you apart from other candle makers? I feel my fragrance line is what sets me apart from others. I currently use 8 different fragrance manufacturers rather than just 1 or 2 that most use to save on shipping. I want to provide the very best to my customers, so having a variety of sources allows me to find the strongest and most unique scents. Also, I only sell what I absolutely love myself. I don’t choose scents because they are popular or sell well for someone else. I may be the only person in the world who likes Peppercorn, but it has a spot in my line-up because I think it is complex and amazing and I like to burn it in my home.