Candles by Christina is officially open on Elmwood! Christina Fernandez, who is originally from the West Side of Buffalo, and her husband, Gabriel, started their candle business in 2009. “We were paying off student loans and wanted to decorate our home. When we went shopping, we couldn’t believe how expensive candles were and we thought ‘what if we made our own?’” says Christina. It took the couple about 5 years of testing, and, as the saying goes, “life happens”—Gabriel is an active service man in the U.S. Marines, currently stationed in New Jersey, and they have two children. But everything fell into place and last year, they launched their website. In celebration of the opening of her store, Christina and I discussed why she makes soy candles and what she loves about the Elmwood Village.
Q: Why did you choose to open this business? And why in the Elmwood Village?
A: “Opening this business has always been my dream. My husband has a career [as an active service man in the U.S. Marines], and he is so supportive of this dream. After searching for a place and then going home to New Jersey, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Everyone is so supportive in this area.”
Q: What differentiates soy candles from other candles?
A: “Soy candles are made from soy beans that are made into an all-natural, vegetable-based wax. They are eco-friendly, they burn cleaner and they also last longer than parrafin-based candles.”
Q: What are your plans for the future of your business? What do you want the Elmwood Village to know about you?
A: “I want to give the community the opportunity to buy a clean candle alternative at a reasonable price. Eventually, I want to be able to give back to the community in the form of fundraisers. I like to see people happy and I want to bring happiness to the community.”
Candles by Christina is now open at 1006 Elmwood. Stop by and smell some of their lovely homemade, soy candles with scents such as “Pumpkin Spice,” “Coconut Lime” and “Jamaica Me Crazy.”