Stourbridge woman opens new candle shop
A STOURBRIDGE woman who was made redundant during the lockdown has opened her first shop in Colley Gate.
Juliet O’Brien lost her marketing job in 2020 but took the opportunity to start a candle-making business.
She has just opened a Waxy Wix boutique on Colley Gate with her partner Christian Houghton.
The couple have converted the former John Morris electrical store on the corner of Toys Lane into a unit selling candles, crystals and gifts.
Juliet said: “My partner Christian makes wooden products such as tealight holders and after being made redundant I thought I wanted to make tealights so I bought a candle making kit on Amazon.
“I have always loved candles.
“I started selling them on Etsy and it got better and better, taking us a bit by surprise.
“It went ballistic at Christmas 2020. It was hard to follow that!”
Juliet said the old electrical store had been split into separate units.
She said: “It’s a historic building in the area and together with other small entrepreneurs like Flo’s Cafe and Joanna’s Unique Pieces, we plan to make the area a thriving shopping center and improve the community aesthetic.
“All of our businesses were born out of lockdown.”
The couple live in Oldswinford.
The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday.