For the Love of Lizzy Candles, owned by Darcey Elias, will make its debut at this year’s Canandaigua Art and Music Festival. With a recent move and new products, Darcey talked with us about what we can expect in July.
The company’s name comes from Darcey’s eldest daughter, Lizzy, and the name for her new line of soy-based candles (“Blondies…by Olivia Grace”) comes from her second daughter, Olivia. Both namesakes are a testament to why Darcey started the business in the first place: to spend more time with her children.
“Our business name, For the Love of Lizzy Candles, was inspired by the birth of our daughter Elizabeth in 2001. I started the business out of my love for her and as a way to spend more time with her so it seemed like the perfect name!”
Darcey began making candles ten years ago as a hobby, but through the interest and support of friends and family, she turned it into a business. At first, she sold her candles at the local farmer’s market, which she says gave her the opportunity to connect with other business-owners and customers alike. After a few years of going to market, Darcey opened a mall store in Elmira, and has recently moved to Canandaigua.
“I really credit that venue for creating my local presence in our community and our initial success! It gave me the opportunity to meet fellow business owners and customers and collaborate with them.”
Darcey’s candles are all hand-poured in signature glass jars, with a dash of dazzle dust on top for “that extra special touch”. She makes candles in all shapes and sizes of jars and tins, as well as favors for parties and weddings, and themed gift sets. It’s no surprise that her most popular gift set is called the “Wine Lover’s” set that includes an assortment of the best-selling aromas inspired by fine wine: Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz and Grape Vineyard.
Aside from her candle business and her time spent with family and friends, Darcy tells us that she has a strong interest in the humanities.
“I am very passionate about helping others. I am a strong advocate for people with disabilities and the poor. I am constantly looking for ways to incorporate my passion for helping others into my business.”
She tells us that festival-goers can expect a wide range of high-quality and hand-poured candles in fantastic scents and “hopefully lots of noses in jars having fun smelling the aromas!” You can see and purchase For the Love of Lizzy candles during the 2012 Festival from July 13-15, on their website or at ARTIQUES at 37 South Main Street in downtown Canandaigua.