Today we’d like to introduce you to Karen Kampfl.
Hi Karen, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I really appreciate the opportunity to share my story! I started thinking about starting a business in 2017. I was in the gift industry and a lot of my customers were asking me for candles. I didn’t sell them. Honestly, I wasn’t a huge fan of candles then. I didn’t get it. One day I was driving around and this candle idea came flooding to me. I stopped at the store and got a notebook and starting writing the ideas down. Within a day, I had the ideas for a gratitude candle, love, prosperity and confidence. I thought of the name SoulSpark Candles that weekend using a free name generator website. I asked a friend who had been making candles for 30 years and they taught me everything I needed to know, I asked a friend to help with the logo, etc., got the website going. Once the business was up, I started selling at farmer’s markets and makers markets were popping up and decided to start selling at them. I love connecting with the customers, seeing them go through the candle messages and picking them out for themselves or for gifts. I hear inspiring stories, sometimes sad ones and I’m really happy I can help in some small way. I have 11 different candles now all with positive messages in the lids and a clear quartz crystal at the bottom when it’s done burning. I also do custom candles for businesses, weddings, baby showers, retail stores, etc. When covid hit and everything got shut down, it was a huge bummer for my business because I felt like 2020 was the year that everything was coming together, I had a ton of shows planned. For four months in the beginning of covid, I delivered food in San Diego to at risk low-income seniors. Getting up every morning and helping out, I felt like I was doing something positive in a horrible, unthinkable situation. I am really happy and grateful that things are coming back and events are happening. I’ve been really blessed and lucky. Oh and I really like candles now.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Covid has definitely been a huge stumbling block for everyone. Prices for everything are slowly going up.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I think I am most proud of thinking of this idea at the right time. I had just taken an affirmation writing class for fun and that’s how my idea grew. My candles are not just candles, they have positive messages in the lids and the clear quartz stone at the bottom. They are way more than just a candle. I’m always thinking of new ideas. It’s 24/7
We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I feel incredibly lucky and blessed with all the people I’ve met along the way! It’s been really really hard work too. The first event I ever did, I stayed up literally all night labeling candles! Really feel like I started this business at the perfect time, so that was really lucky.
- Prices range from $10-$35
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.soulsparkcandles.com
- Instagram: @soulsparkcandles