Red Hill Candle Co
Opening a new retail store in a pandemic and having her first baby all within the space of a month isn’t exactly what Red Hill Candle Co owner Ebony Flett had planned, but that’s the way it worked out. “It would have been great to have a bit more time between opening the store and having Percie, but things kept getting delayed by lockdowns,” says Ebony. “It’s all happened at once and I’m really excited for what we’re doing. It’s so rewarding when you’re working for yourself.” That’s not to say it wasn’t hard. “I look back now and wonder how we got through those first few months.”
Ebony started her business as a side hustle in 2016, selling hand-poured candles at Peninsula markets and retailers. Last December, Red Hill Candle Co opened the doors of its retail and workshop space in the thriving Dromana Industrial Estate. “Finding a location was really challenging, and then we found our home in the industrial estate. We wanted to be part of the tourism community. There are so many businesses in the industrial estate where you can eat or drink, and we wanted to offer the sense of smell with our scented candles.”
With her background working in tourism and as a Peninsula resident, Ebony always knew that she wanted more than simply a retail store. “I wanted to create an experience-based business centred around fragrance.” In addition to selling high-quality, hand-poured soy wax candles in her beautifully styled store, Ebony is proud to offer in-store bespoke activities for her customers. Interactive workshops take place in the Scent Lab. These hands-on, fun candle-making workshops have been so popular a new mezzanine space has been built to accommodate more participants. Look out for school holiday workshops for kids.
Ebony is thrilled to be named as a finalist for the 2021 AusMumprenuer Awards in four categories: Rising Star, Retail Business, Creative Entrepreneur, and Handmade Business. The awards are presented by The Women’s Business School to recognise and celebrate Australian mothers in business who are excelling at what they do. Winners will be announced online this month.
Good luck, Ebony!
Ebony and Percie