West Side native Christina Fernandez has opened a candle shop on Elmwood Avenue, not far from where she grew up.
Candles by Christina, located at 1006 Elmwood Ave. opened its doors in September. It offers the community all-natural, environment friendly soy candles.
“Being that I grew up on Hudson Street, on the lower West side, we didn’t have much back then. To be back here now is a blessing,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez said she decided her shop would fit perfectly in the Elmwood Village. Since opening, the community has been supportive and welcoming to her, she said.
For five years Fernandez has been testing potential candle ideas. She discovered that soy candles are a healthier alternative to typical candles. Her handmade soy candles are all-natural with no negative impacts on the environment and are made with essential oils. Fernandez was inspired to create these soy candles while shopping for décor and noticing that the candles for sale were overpriced and bad for the environment.
“Our candles are healthier to have in your home and are very affordable compared to other companies out there,” Fernandez said.
Fernandez has created over 30 different candle scents since the opening. She offers a variety of candle sizes and candle melts.
She said she hopes to open up a second location in the Buffalo area within the next year. By L'Oreal Adams and Kim Kowal