Woman turns hobby into career and opens candle shop in West Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.– What started as a fun hobby over the years has grown into a full time business in West Duluth.

Kyia Plummercaven started making candles eight years ago to give gifts to family and friends.

“It was in the middle of winter so I was bored. So I was like ‘Oh, I’m just going to find myself a new hobby.’ I have always been a cunning person.

The passion for Plummercaven has grown steadily since. Over the years, she sold her sweet scents at Northland craft fairs before making the jump to open her own boutique. Finding a spot on the corner of Grand and Central Avenue in West Duluth, Naturalight Candles opened this fall.

“Seeing people coming, the support this community is already showing has been amazing, so it’s so heartwarming to know that people are here to support small businesses,” Plummercaven said.

All candles are made by Plummercaven directly in their shop. Its candles are made with all-natural soy wax and the wicks are made from organic cotton.

“So there is no petroleum by-product, there is no led or zinc in any of the wicks, again naturally a candle can be made,” Plummercaven explained.

For Plummercaven, his favorite scents are teakwood and fern, as well as cranberry and butternut, which is his own take on the classic pumpkin spice scent.

Almost two months later, Plummercaven says his favorite part has always been the creativity of bringing memorable aromas to Northland.

“It’s still a bit surreal. It’s a bit difficult to put words into it, ”she said. “I like to watch people pick up a candle, smell it and remember fond memories of the past. Many people will correlate these smells with happy memories or thoughts.

Orders, as well as pickup and delivery options can be placed on their website or on Facebook and Instagram pages.

Elizabeth J. Harris