We are so excited to start this blog series that will highlight all of our contributors! Every other week we will give you a sneak peak into the lives of our contributors from here in the Pacific Northwest. We have fallen in love with these small businesses and we know you will too. So, come learn about these rad Pacific Northwest products and the people that created them!
Bridge Nine Candle Co.
How did Bridge nine start, what made you want to start a handmade candle biz?
I started Bridge Nine Candle Co. when I was living in the St Johns neighborhood of N Portland. (I started the business with my sister-in-law, who has since moved on to other ventures!) I started it more out of necessity of needing candles for myself. I have always been obsessed with candles, thanks to my mom :). My favorite candle shop, New Orleans Candle Factory closed down. I have always been the type of person that likes to get my hands on things, make them myself if I can. So I decided I would give it a shot. I noticed there was a nitch that needed to be filled in the area (everyone LOVED New Orleans Candle Factory candles!) so I got to testing. After a very thorough testing process (one that continues today!) I was happy with a formula and decided to start branding Bridge Nine Candle Co!
What sets your shop apart from the other shops out there?
One thing that sets Bridge Nine Candle Co. apart from other candle companies is the distinctive and simple branding. From the beginning I wanted a logo that wouldn't clutter the product but was easily recognizable. Bridge Nine candles are meant to accent and blend with any space with simple design, wonderful scent and light. Another thing that sets us apart is the continuous testing process that results in a candle that burns even, clean and has scent that lasts through the whole candle. All things that drove me crazy about candles I bought, before I made them myself!
How do you come up with your scents and names?
I like to be as true to the scent name as I possibly can. I like natural scents that will remind you of scents you'll find in nature, which ends up helping to dictate the scent name. For example, I knew I wanted a scent that smelled like the salty ozone of a misty morning on the Oregon Coast (I got this inspiration on our honeymoon in Cannon Beach!) I formulated the scent before I named it Pacific Sea Salt. Once I had the scent formulated it was easy to think of a name since it's what it was inspired by!
If you could only use one candle for the rest of your life, what scent would it be?
Oh my gosh, what a hard question!! I have never had anyone ask me that. I have people ask me what my favorite scent is, all the time. I'm going to cheat a little and pick two. I would choose Citrus and then Cranberry Orange for the fall/holiday season. I just wouldn't be able to live without holiday scents!
What is your favorite summer activity?
My favorite summer activity is pretty simple. I love going for walks with my husband and my dog.
What advice would you give the next boss lady that wants to start her own biz?
My advice to the next boss lady? Where do I start? If you want to run your own business, you must sell something YOU BELIEVE IN. If you don't believe in it no one else will, this weaves itself through everything you do. Don't start before you're ready. Meaning make sure you launch your business with your the right branding. Branding is everything!! You can have a great product and have terrible branding and your product won't sell. I've learned so much over the past 4 1/2 years but the last thing I'll say is this, you will make mistakes and sometimes wonder, "what the heck am I doing?!" Don't stop believing in yourself! Push yourself through the failures, learn from them and move forward. They'll only make you and your business stronger.
Such a great way to kick off this series! Be sure to follow Chelsea on her Instagram @bridgeninecandles or check out all of her products at bridgeninecandleco.com We are looking forward to posting the next one!