Clinton store turns personalized candles into fundraisers

Clinton store turns personalized candles into fundraisers

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The unfinished candles on the right will become finished like the one on the left. The unfinished candles on the right will become finished like the one on the left.
The store has just about anything you can imagine. The store has just about anything you can imagine.
Owner Kevin Walker's sense of humor really shows in some of the selections. Owner Kevin Walker's sense of humor really shows in some of the selections.
schools, chWalker says they have focused on helping "churches, cheerleading groups, Boy Scout groups. That's what we like to do." schools, chWalker says they have focused on helping "churches, cheerleading groups, Boy Scout groups. That's what we like to do."

By KRISTIN FARLEY 
6 News Anchor/Reporter

CLINTON (WATE) - There are lots of candles on the market, but how many can be personalized all the way down to the scent?

Made in Tennessee found some that can be that personalized at the Wax Shack in Clinton. And what makes this product even better is owner Kevin Walker's desire to use his products to help with area fundraisers.

During our visit, Kevin quickly showed off his sense of humor. "Wax Shack patty whack give a jar a home," he said. "That's our motto." You might say it's that creative spirit that helps drive the company.

Candle maker Sheila Jeffers let us watch as she melted down soy wax at 170 degrees. Then she stirred in a scented oil. She says her favorite scents are lemon meringue and baby powder, but they have just about anything you can imagine.

Soy2Joy candles

The Wax Shack makes Soy2Joy candles. The store offers such choices as Jamaican me crazy, blueberry cobbler and baked apple pie.

Kevin says he's getting ready to branch out with new scents for those who love the Smokies., "We are coming up with a bear burps candle for Gatlinburg. It will be out shortly."

The main goal of this company, however, is to help local groups. It will work with people to create a custom label and scent for their fundraiser.

"We've done a lot of schools, churches, cheerleading groups, Boy Scout groups," Kevin said. "That's what we like to do."

Walker says while he sells the candles at local farmer's markets and online, his objective is to sell them in bulk, at $5.00 or less a candle, to groups that can turn around and sell them for $8.00 or $10 as a fundraiser. 

Walker also makes candles for weddings, baby shower gifts and even special events like the International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville.

I think their buttered biscuit candle smells good enough to eat.

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