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Meet Nica Knight of Nica’s Country Candles in Valley Center

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nica Knight.

Nica, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started making candles in 2016. 2015 was a life-changing year for me. I got remarried, my daughter, went away to college, and I moved to Valley Center. I had been working as a retail store manager the majority of my adult life and was just done with working at different chain clothing stores. So I decided small business. But what? Candles! I love candles! So with a kit from my neighborhood craft store and endless YouTube videos I made so really bad candles. I took me a while to perfect my craft, but with some patience, I was able to come out with an amazing product. I started selling them in a local gift shop, and it took off from there.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
My main struggle was working. Thinking I had to have a real job. I tried candles part-time and working part-time. That didn’t work. Then I went to work full time, and it really got bad. I had to turn away business, so I could maintain my hours at work. It took me two years to finally commit 100% to my candle business. I don’t know why. I have an amazing product. Lesson learned.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Nica’s Country Candles story. Tell us more about the business.
I make soy mason jar candles. My candles are very heavily scented. They smell awesome cold in the jar. And fill the room while they’re burning. They have a very long burn time and are reasonably priced. I am most proud of my repeat business. Once someone tries a nica’s country candle, they’re hooked! I love when they come up to my booth at an event and say, “ oh I love this brand.” What also sets me apart is my personality. It’s a big one. I am always happy and always smiling. I love people and my customers most of all.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck? I’m not sure about luck. Hard work. A lot of hard work. I go to a lot of events. Some of them I make a lot of money some I don’t. I always see good in them though. I could leave without making a dime but have met a great connection for the future. I see it all as an opportunity. Life gave me bad luck for a long time. The good luck is that I’m still here, I’m happy, and I’m doing what I love. Lucky to have an amazing spouse of 3 years that supports all of this 100%.


  • Small 4 oz soy mason jar candle $9, 25+ burn hours
  • Medium 8 oz soy mason jar candle $12, 50+ burn hours
  • Large 16oz soy mason jar candle $18, 100+ burn hours

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Judy Byers of Treehouse Reflections Photography

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