New candle store at Clarks Summit benefits veterans
CLARKS SUMMIT – A grand opening took place on Sunday November 1st. This was a new store, located on Depot Street, called Designs by Olivia Gray.
“We’re either really smart or really crazy for trying to open a store during COVID,” owner Jen Micciche said before cutting the red ribbon. “Either way, your support is very important to us. “
Jen thanked clients as well as members of the Clarks Summit Council and Congressman Matt Cartwright who all attended the opening. Jen and her husband, Matt, make all-natural soy candles, melted wax, and scent diffusers in their Taylor home. They hand pour each candle with three ingredients: all-natural US-grown soy wax, phthalate-free essential oils and fragrances, and cotton wicks. They have a variety of scents for candles. They also have candle subscription boxes.
A portion of the sales goes to Camp Freedom, an outdoor facility in Carbondale that helps care for disabled veterans, first responders and their families. They donate $ 1 for every candle and 10% for every wedding favor order at Camp Freedom. Jen is a veteran herself. She served in the National Guard of the Palestinian Authority Army for seven years. Her friend from the military, Tiara Gardner, owner of Sweet Tia’s Bakery, came to the Delaware inauguration to serve her pastries and treats at her friend’s store.
“She (Jen) did a great job,” Tiara said. “It’s such a turnaround in the midst of a pandemic. She works hard and really cares about the community.
Designs by Olivia Gray also has many items for other local businesses.
“We also brought in other local talent to our store to give them a good start during COVID,” Jen said. Other items include: massage oils and face creams from Sugarloaf, panels from Coal Country Woodworks, hand-sewn macrame from CJW Designs, honey from The Beekeeper’s Daughter, coffee from SA Coffee, tea from Wally Flora Tea Company and dog treats from Bark Back Pâtisserie.
Jen and Matt also offer “Wax & Wine Night” classes, in which they teach the art of candle making.
“It’s an absolute dream come true,” Jen said of having her own business. “There’s just something about being able to do what you love and making a business out of it.”