Just follow your nose to Downtown Candle
Eumora Reese turned his candle-making hobby into a business seven years ago when he launched Downtown Candle. Today you can find him at the Nashville Farmers’ Market on the eastern side of the Market House, between Fountain of Juice and Bubble Love (plus on Facebook and Instagram).
Or just follow your nose…
How long have you been a candle maker?
I would have to say it's right at 12 years now, but seven years as my own brand. I started making candles as a hobby, which quickly turned into making corporate gifts for larger companies. After seeing that success I decided to give the world a piece of my creations by birthing Downtown Candle Company.
Are your wooden wicks really that special?
Ha! That depends on your parameters of "special." In my case, wooden wicks provide a cleaner and more natural method of burning a candle while not emitting soot and/or toxins in the process of permeation. So to answer the question: yes indeed they are that special.
What are your best-sellers?
In the candle industry, best-sellers vary according to several factors, including who is smelling, the season and location. We aim to provide a wide array of fragrances to cover the likes of anyone that swings by our booth.
Do you have a personal favorite?
Several, including Blackberry, Netflix & Chill, Basil Bliss, Palo Santo, Pillow Talk... I could go on all day!
On your site you refer to making candles as your “serenity.” Please expand on that.
As I mentioned previously, I've been a candle designer for 12 years, and it all started as a relaxing hobby. Since day one I’ve never viewed this as a job. Instead, I've always done this for my inner peace and enjoyment. It has always been a method of “winding down” for me.
What is your manufacturing process?
At DCC we hand pour every product in-house. We have several days throughout the week that are designated production days, because with building oils and proper curing it takes more than just mixing a ready-made batch. Our products go through several standard tests before being placed for retail, including fragrance pitch, glass adhesion, proper label placement, etc.
You pretty much stick to round candles. Have you ever considered adding some different products… or going square?
Our packaging and presentation represent our brand, our vision and our goals. We believe that if you make a great product and present it well, they will remember you. It's a blessing to be a vendor at festivals throughout the country and to hear someone say, "Hey — those are the candles that I bought when I was in Nashville!" Sometimes too many options can cost a sale because the client has too much to choose from.
What do you enjoy most about retailing at NFM?
NFM is a great place to network and see new clients every day. Unlike most shopping environments, this market has a village feel with a big-city attitude.