We’re so excited to share our conversation with the driving force behind The Bridge Nine Candle Co., Chelsea Arvesen. If you didn’t already know, Bridge Nine is a Portland-based business that provides hand-poured, long-lasting soy candles. Check out the inspiring story behind Bridge Nine, Chelsea’s take on business, and her favorites here!
The Bridge Nine Story
For our readers who don’t know you quite yet, what’s your story, Chelsea! How did you start Bridge Nine Candle Co.?
BNCC: Bridge Nine Candle Co. was born out of necessity! My favorite candle shop moved out of Portland, Oregon, and I desperately needed candles! I have always been crafty, so I thought, “Why don’t I try to make them?”
From there, I did a lot of research and development, and I found that I really loved it. Once I was satisfied, I decided that there was a niche that needed to be filled in my community so I turned my love of candles into a business!
That’s amazing. We love that you not only saw a niche to be filled, but you really made it your own, grew, and totally owned it.
On Taking Ownership Of Your Business
In regards to owning your business, did you have any challenges that you’d like to share? Or maybe a few unexpected benefits!
BNCC: There are so many! Some challenges include continuing to push yourself when no one else will. Also, keeping current on what’s trending on social media and making sure you are marketing yourself correctly. Benefits? Getting to create a product that people love!
Do you have any words of advice for anybody starting their own business?
Establish a strong brand before you start selling your product! You can have the best product in the world, but if people aren’t attracted to your brand It’ll never sell.
Too true. The environment is constantly changing. It’s so important to stay on top of your marketing.
Bridge Nine Candle Co. & Paper Mart
Now for our favorite part. We’ve got to know – how do we fit in? How do you use Paper Mart to help support your candle making?
You’re very well versed in our packaging line then! Do you have any favorite items?
BNCC: Yes! Crinkle shred and your flower edged favor boxes.
These images are courtesy of Bridge Nine Candle Co. If you want to learn more about Chelsea and her hand-poured soy candles, check out the Bridge Nine Co. website and shop. Don’t forget to also follow them on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)!