Did you hear? Our Close to Home shop, a carefully curated assortment of locally made items, launched last week! In case you missed my post announcing this new initiative, you can read the low down here. In the spirit of celebrating locals and homemade products, we are launching a new blog series titled “Meet the Maker,” where we will interview one of our Close to Home vendors about their business, background, and products. Take an inside peek at what goes on behind a small, local business, and maybe even find a new favorite item. Today, meet Sara Velarde of Chicago Candle Co.!
Sara joined me for a short Q & A – she chats through her background, business, and even her favorite candle scent!
Tell us a bit about the story behind your business. How did you get started?
We started making candles at home and since we were working at a restaurant and had extra wine bottles, we took them home and taught ourselves how to make vessels with all this extra glass!
How has your business changed since starting to sell through the Close to Home shop?
Our sales have increased and we have had quite a few customers message us on Facebook and or email us asking if all the stores are carrying them!
What is the inspiration behind your candle scents? They all sound good enough to drink!
The inspiration came from our first wholesale partner who owned a wine shop in the city here – he asked for a Cabernet candle – the rest of the cocktail and wine scents to follow were suggestions from family and friends!
What sets your candles apart from others?
We believe what sets our candles apart from others is a combination between the fun cocktail scents and the hand crafted vessels! Each candle is skillfully crafted from top to bottom.
Do you have a favorite candle?
My favorite candle – this a tough one. I think it’s Whiskey and Gingerale, because we had the most fun making this one – including some whiskey & ginger ale cocktails while we worked – had to make sure the candle was spot on for all the senses!
Cocktail-inspired candles? Yes, please! You can shop Sara’s candles online here, or in person in any of our Chicago-area stores. They are the perfect scent to burn at your next dinner party!