Voyage Houston Feature
Posted on June 17 2022
Today we’d like to introduce you to Nickie Crow.
Nickie, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Well, I would have to say it all started with my love of candles and how they made me feel. Candles, I believe are an experience! They soothe you, make your home feel cozy & warm, or bright, fresh and vibrant. They lift your spirit and create ambiance in your space. So I set out to create a beautiful quality handmade candle that smells amazing and would give you that experience!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There has definitely been a few challenges along the way. A candle is a little chemical reaction factory and the science behind it, in and of its self can be a very complicated process.
There’s the different waxes, fragrances, wicks and how they all work together makes for a challenging process. But when it all comes together harmoniously, it is a good feeling!
The last two years has complicated things due to supply chain issues. A lot of my suppliers have limited quantity available, or out of stock. Their processing time takes longer so juggling products and shipments arriving on time has been challenging. However, it is getting better and hope it will continue to smooth out.
All those things are just logistics but the biggest challenge was when the wax I had been using and loved completely changed. It caused all kinds of technical issues, which was very stressful. After a very inconvenient process I had to change manufacturers and it was like starting over from scratch!