Ethically unisex candle shop in Worthington sparks philanthropic fervor

Two friends reconnected to start a candle company called Mixed Ethically that gives back to the community.

Co-owners Josh Walker of Pickerington and Tisha Hall of Worthington had worked together in a business called Thirty-One Gifts in 2018.

“I was on the supply team,” Walker said. “One of my internal clients was the marketing team, and Tisha was on that team. We became friends then, and she has a background in visual merchandising and styling and a bunch of other stuff. She’s like a Jane-of-all-trades.We have maintained a friendship over the years.

After Walker started another business called The Electric Sheep on the ground floor of COhatch, 752 N. High St., mutual friends told Hall she should check out what Walker was doing. Mixed Ethically shares its premises with The Electric Sheep.

Pelotonia-themed candles are featured at Mixed Ethically on September 16 at COhatch in Worthington.

“We were just talking one day,” Walker said. “One of the things we’re both passionate about is being able to give back, whether that’s through volunteering or donating. We are both really passionate about almost the same things, which makes us friends.

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They both decided early on that they wanted to make a difference through the business, so some of the profits from the business will be put back into the community, focusing on grassroots organizations such as Pelotonia which directly benefit the community.

“Until the end of September, at least 10% of our profits will be donated to my ride to Pelotonia,” he said. “We are looking for something that has an impact on local families. There are a few pantries in Worthington, but we are also exploring a few other opportunities.

After conversations about giving back, Hall said, the two decided candles should be the focus of the business.

A fall-themed candle is featured at Mixed Ethically on September 16 at COhatch in Worthington.

“Everyone loves candles, and who doesn’t need a candle? ” she says. “As we were digging, I’m very passionate about products that aren’t toxic and keep everything as safe as possible. So that was one thing. I was on board if we could keep it clean. So we Have done.

Walker said the process was launched in January and a website, mixedethically.com, was launched in mid-August. Hall also began selling in the markets this summer.

The website promotes the company as “clean candles with something to say”.

Simple labels cover the jar candles with fun messages, such as “You will always be my best friend.” You know too much.

Hall said some of the labels are family-friendly while others are a bit risky.

Wicks are set as wax sets on rows of candles on September 16 at Mixed Ethically at COhatch in Worthington.  The candle company offers "to clean" candles with creative labels and the possibility for customers to create their own personalized labels.

“You’d be surprised how well the non-family-friendly ones sell,” she said. “They are popular.”

Hall said she and Walker have a very twisted sense of humor.

“We like to make people laugh,” she said. “So we were like, ‘Oh my God, we’ve got this product. We’re going to make it really crowd-pleasing, make people laugh, and have scents that will enhance your home.

Walker said they only use 100% soy for the hand-poured candles in Worthington.

“We only use certified clean fragrances which we purchase from a company that goes through a very rigorous testing process and certifies that all oils and ingredients are clean and free of any harmful chemicals” , did he declare. “One of the things that makes us unique is that all the flavors are on the lid of the jars. We have the name of our perfume and all the notes. The label on the face of the jar is just to make you laugh or inspire you or make you smile. We also have the ability to create custom labels.

Walker said the candles come in 8 ounces and can provide 35 to 40 hours of burn time, if cared for properly. They also make candles in 4 ounce tins, but they don’t come with fun labels.

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Walker said 25 flavors are at the core. Eight are part of the fall collection, and another eight to ten are for the holidays.

He said some of the most popular are warm amber, saffron sandalwood, and salty beach.

Powell resident Monica James, a friend of the owners, said she loved the merchandise.

“I like its simplicity,” she said. “I like the fact that it’s local. I like people who do.

Another friend, Jackie Sinker, helped Hall and Walker test the scents early in the process.

“I had company and I was testing candles,” she said. “They felt them. Everyone loved the perfumes. Throughout the day and into the evening, the common theme was that it was just right. The sweets were not too sweet. It’s the right amount of burn, the right amount of scent coming out of the burn where you don’t feel overwhelmed by the scent. Everyone had their favorites.

Mixed Ethically is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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Elizabeth J. Harris