Opening in late spring 2020, Auburn Candle Company has marked itself as the first handmade, custom candle store in the surrounding area.
Auburn Candle Co. was originally founded by Tifani Hedrick and Quentin Bowden, both of whom are new to the Auburn community. According to their website, the business will allow customers to have an “interactive journey” in candle making, providing over 80 fragrances and 82,000 possible combinations. The establishment will include one space for small parties in the main room and an additional party room for more private gatherings.
Hedrick said that she first became interested in candle making because of her love for the beach. After living in Cincinnati where there were no beaches, she would search for beach-scented candles to help transport herself out of her current location. The goal for the shop is to help customers in Auburn do the same.
“We wanted to provide an interactive experience for anyone who loves candles or is simply looking for a new adventure,” Hedrick said.
The hope for the shop is that customers have a very personalized candle-making experience, she said.
“Customers will come into the store and first pick out what scents they would like to use,” Hedrick said. “Then, they select a custom jar that will eventually be used to hold the candle mixture, which they will mix and pour themselves with the help of employees.”
Both Hedrick and Bowden are hoping that the business will be a fun, interactive experience for everyone that comes through, even though this is the first of its kind in town, Hedrick said.
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“Coming from a big city to here was a big change, and we wanted to bring some of the activities we were used to into this community.”
Looking toward the future, Hedrick hopes that they can eventually expand to Atlanta where there is a larger candle industry that will allow for them to expand their business.
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