Martha Stewart American Made
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Travel! Maybe even traveling as near as the next city I am always inspired by a change of scenery. The air, the trees, and the flowers always seem to catch my eyes fresh in a new place. Local cultures, people, and customs are also key in my creative and candle making process.
WHAT MAKES YOUR BUSINESS STAND OUT?
Shop Bisby is unique because I focus on recycled and sustainable materials, while maintaining a clean and beautiful design. I also give back 5% of my profits to the community . I hope that Shop Bisby also stands out because it's me, Nicole working on my dreams.
WHAT IS THE BEST PIECE OF BUSINESS ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED?
Go for it! Don't be afraid of what people may say, if you love it and believe in it, go for it! Don’t be afraid to fail.
I have some great new! I am on the Martha Stewart American Made website! I have an online profile to vote for the best Made in America goods of 2015. Pretty great huh. Well... I forgot to tell anyone about it, actually I completely forgot myself! But, it's still great to be there, even if no one voted : ). Here is a little bit of what was on the site.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS.
I started making candles in my Oklahoma City kitchen in 2013, and posting about it on Instgram. I gave them all away to friends, and to my great surprise they loved them and actually wanted more! From there my business was born, and it has been quite a ride! Each candle is carefully hand poured, packaged, and shipped from my garage in the heart of the U.S.A. My ingredients are minimalist and environmentally conscious, using 100% U.S. grown soy wax, cotton wicks, fine fragrance oils, and post-consumer recyclable packaging. I am the only BISBY employee, and I'm proud to be a product of the 'Shop Small and Local' movement in America, and a new wave of young female entrepreneurs in Oklahoma who are shaking things up.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKSPACE, SHOP, OR STUDIO.
I work out of my own garage in the backyard. When I create things, it gets messy fast, so it's nice to have my own space where both the conceptual and practical process of making candles merge. It is a sort of atelier and a private sanctuary.