Candles Made From the Heart

Posted Dec 11th, 2019 in Retail Roundup


Five years ago, Kerri Ramsey was looking to get into business and Downtown Wilmington seemed the right fit for her. So, when she heard Candles Etc. was for sale on Market Street, she jumped at the opportunity. She had always loved burning fragrant candles and her research showed that the zero block of Market Street was a busy thoroughfare with a great mix of shops for locals and tourists.

Because scented candles are available everywhere, Kerri knew she had to have good products for the business to thrive. So, she decided to focus on hand-poured candles made from soy wax because they are clean, slow-burning and eco-friendly. Kerri makes all her own candles at the back of the shop and experiments with different fragrances. No dyes are used and she has created over 50 different scents using essential oil blends and fine fragrance blends.

Besides being all-natural, Kerri’s candles will burn for 60 hours. If you get frustrated by candles that burn down the middle and not around the edges, then you will be excited to know these candles burn straight down. Also, if you have experienced candles that smell great in the store and are disappointed by the fragrance when you get home, you won’t have that problem with these. Kerri says many big box stores sell cheap candles that just have the fragrance added to the top. At Candles, Etc., the oils are all-wax saturated after a two-minute mix to ensure you can still smell the fragrance throughout the life of the candle. And these candles have a shelf-life of many years.

Year-round, the most popular scents are Wilmington Rain, Carolina Sunsets and Cape Fear Breeze. As each season changes, there is demand for the seasonal fragrances. Right now, Christmas on Market and Mrs. Claus’ Cookies candles and wax melts are flying off the shelves! Gift baskets and holiday tins are also popular.

Kerri is keen to support local artisans so, at Candles Etc., you can buy locally-made bath products, goats’ milk soap, sugar scrubs, local linens, home décor and holiday ornaments. All products are available online and in-store. You can also order online for in-store pick-up.

Whether you’re looking for quality products for yourself or gifts for friends and family, Candles, Etc. in Downtown Wilmington is a great shop to visit. You really should see the beautifully decorated holiday-themed window too. Beyond the holidays, candles make great party favors for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers and corporate events. Kerri will even customize the labels for you.

Hours: Mon-Fri, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Candles Etc
25 Market St
Wilmington, NC 28401

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